A man dressed as a knight used his sword to defend his dad against a gang.
Alun Powell, who dresses as a knight for battle re-enactments, drew his 3ft sword to scare off thugs who threatened him and his father outside his home in Newport, Wales.
The 31-year-old was convicted of three counts of possessing a bladed article in public, but was spared by a judge who was sympathetic the youths had threatened Alun's elderly father.
Alun told law enforcement he is a 'medieval sports enthusiast' who wears armour for sword fights, and has represented Wales in the equivalent of the sport's World Cup.
An onlooker said: "He was in a rage and wanted to put the fear of god into them and took up a fighting stance. 'They saw the weapons and got so frightened that they left as quickly as possible."