AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy has been hailed a hero after saving his little brother’s hand when it got stuck in an escalator.

Noah Chesworth managed to hit the emergency stop switch when his four-year-old brother Ethan got his hand trapped while they were out shopping with their parents – Shaun and Deborah – in H&M at Teesside Park, near Stockton, on Saturday.

“He’s a little hero – I am so proud of him,” said his 35-year-old father. “Ethan had put his hand down on one of the steps to sort out his shoe which had come off, but it got stuck.

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“I started trying to pull his hand out the escalator but it just kept moving. I was shouting ‘stop it! stop it’, and I was ripping his fingers just in a desperate panic. I managed to free two of his fingers but the feeling was horrendous as it moved closer.”

However, the quick-thinking of older brother Noah stopped the youngster suffering even worse injuries.

Firefighters freed him before x-rays showed he had escaped with nasty cuts and bruises.

The Billingham father added: “It could have been catastrophic – he has come out with the bare minimum. But you look back and think it could have been so much worse – I dread to think if it could have happened.”