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Theft hero thanks city residents

A YOUNG man seriously injured by enraged pickpockets, after he stopped a street theft by alerting their intended victim, was discharged from hospital yesterday.

Sui Jincheng, 24, suffered a fractured skull in the beating he received for warning a female pedestrian that the gang was targeting her.

But he has recovered well and should require no further treatment, said Dr Xu Yi, professor of neurosurgery at Changhai Hospital.

Sui, who has been hailed a hero, expressed his thanks to the city as residents had visited him in hospital.

"The beanie I'm wearing was given by a grandpa to keep my head warm," Sui told reporters yesterday. "Another resident sent me some soup she had made. I really appreciate their kindness."

To date, the young man from northeast China has received more than 40,000 yuan (US$6,301) in donations from the members of the public.

He said he had not decided how to spend the money.

The incident took place at 8pm last Tuesday at the crossing of Guoshun and Yingkou roads in Yangpu District.

Two suspects have been detained and police are seeking another man.

Police have put Sui's name forward for a heroism award.


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