TERRIFIED Helen Skelton ran for cover after a glass bottle was thrown at her during a street brawl at 3am.
The 39-year-old TV presenter, who was partying with Strictly pals, hid in an alleyway until police arrived.
A source said: “Helen was shocked by the violence”
Helen and friends from Strictly were enjoying a night out after the tour show when they were innocently involved in a fight.
The the TV host was scared jumped out of the way when thugs threw a glass bottle near their group, which included the Paralympic hero Ellie Simmonds.
Our exclusive pictures show agile Helen, 39, jump back in terror before running into a nearby alleyway to avoid injury.
The pal, believed to be Robbie Mathony’s dancer, jumped in the air with his hands in his pockets to avoid the shards of glass.
Helen is a mother of three remained in the alley until police arrived and arrested the suspect at 3 a.m. Friday.
The stars themselves, including the singer Molly Rainford and Kiss FM DJ Tyler West rushed to comfort her.
A source said: “Helen and her colleagues were walking home when they came across a violent fight in which a bottle was thrown at them.
“Helen was shocked by the violence in front of her but was pleased the police were there.”
The source added: “They had a great time really letting their hair down.
“Helen, especially, was laughing and smiling and in high spirits.
“Then all of a sudden it started when some of the group were going back to the hotel.
“Two groups of guys were fighting, bottles and glasses were flying
“None of the Strictly people were involved in the fight, they were innocent bystanders caught up in it.
“The bottle almost hit Helen, crashing right at her feet, but she bounced out of the way.
“She hid in the alley for a few seconds until the coast was clear, but afterwards she looked shaken.
“Luckily no one was hurt but the other Strictly stars came to comfort Helen and they all left the area pretty quickly.
“A few minutes later, officers arrived and stopped the fight.
“The guy was detained and put in a police car.”
The Strictly party crew, which also included professional dancers Kai Widdrington, Diane Buswell and Neil Jonespreviously performed at First Direct Arena before heading to Leeds city center.
Staying at the Dakota Hotel for Thursday and Friday night shows, the group hit up the Dollhouse nightclub and chic bar The Back Room.
But as they walked back down Cull Lane, lined with bars and clubs, bottles and glasses were brandished as weapons between two groups of men.
Shocked revelers near the bar were seen looking on at the chaos before Helen’s Strictly co-stars, who wore a smart plaid jacket, black leather leggings and boots, came over to comfort her.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed: “At 2.56am on Friday, police received reports of a fight involving a group of men in Duncan Street and Cull Lane in Leeds city centre.
“Officers went out and detained a man on suspicion of hooliganism.
“He remains in custody, investigations are underway. There were no reports of casualties.”
On Friday morning, Helen was seen outside the Dakota Hotel talking to a friend.
She left Leeds with the rest of the cast late on Friday night for a short trip to Manchester and AO Arena.
The Come dance live! tour there were two performances yesterday, with another scheduled for tonight.
The tour will continue until the end of May, visiting cities such as London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield and Belfast.
Countryfile presenter and former Blue Peter star Helen came runner-up in the BBC series before Christmas when she was partnered with the Spaniard Gorka Marquez.
But in the live tour, she dances with Kai.
Helen was single after separating from her husband of eight years, Richie Mylerlast April.
He called it an exit of their marriage four months after she gave birth to their third child, Elsie Kate, who is now single.
The former couple also have sons: seven-year-old Ernie and five-year-old Louis.
Rugby league star Richie is set to welcome his first child with a new girlfriend Stephanie Tyrkill – the daughter of a multimillionaire Lida rhinoceros president, Andrew Tirkill.