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If you saw someone being attacked, would you step in?
Most of us would answer 'yes' without even thinking. However, in reality the amount of people who do intervene is much lower. There's actually a name for it, the 'Bystander Effect'. Most people will watch and not get involved as they believe that someone else will.
When Toby Bligh, 32, was involved in a prolonged and unprovoked road rage attack, most people stood by and did nothing. However, one lad stepped in.
Now, Toby wants to find him and buy him a pint.
The incident took place during rush hour traffic outside Wandsworth fire station, West Hill, London on Friday 1 at 6pm.
According to police, the father of two received 'a heavy concussion, jarred neck, throat trauma and bruising to his upper body. He was also 'housebound for 5 days after the incident'.
Toby said: "The situation was already well out of hand and I was struggling to breathe as I was grappling with the attacker, this lad put himself in harms way on his own accord whilst everyone else stood by.
"Although he didn't physically get involved, just his presence managed to calm things down and eventually the attacker got back in his car and drove off.
"I think it's important to recognise people who are brave enough to step in a dangerous situation that ultimately stopped me from being seriously injured. I was so dazed afterwards I didn't thank him and would love to have the opportunity to buy him a beer."
Come on, lads. Let's use the power of social media to get this guy to come forward.
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Words by Mel Ramsay
Featured image credit: Supplied by Toby Bligh
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