A smashing way to help

Eamon Timmons breaks the first set of 20 tiles
Eamon Timmons breaks the first set of 20 tiles

A NEW world record has been smashed by Moorthorpe’s martial arts expert Eamon Timmons.

Mr Timmons gathered all of his strength to break through 40 roof tiles in just 1.12 seconds. To set the world record he had to complete the challenge in under two seconds.

The 50-year-old, who is chief sifu at the ET Academy of the Seven Golden Dragons, Barnsley Road, Moorthorpe, said he was proud and thrilled to have set the record.

He said: “I am still in shock. It was a brilliant day and everyone was so supportive. I want to thank everyone for being there to make it a success.”

Mr Timmons smashed through the challenge on Sunday to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust after reading about 18-month-old Kian Curtis Morrell - who suffers from the condition - in the Express last month.

Little Kian was diagnosed with the illness, which causes the body to produce thick secretions that particularly affect the lungs and digestive tract, when he was just six weeks old.

Kian’s grandfather, David Curtis, organised a charity fun day at the Church House, Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, which is where Mr Timmons set the record on Sunday.

They managed to raise more than £1,000 for the charity. Mr Timmons said even though he had set a world record it was more important that so much money had been raised for the charity.

The accolade is the second one held by Mr Timmons, as he also set the record for 100 tiles smashed in 5.6 seconds four years ago, raising money for Cancer Research UK.

He has been training in martial arts since he was seven years old and warned amateurs not to imitate him as they could damage their hands.