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Green fingered teen is back in business after robbery

Halsall community help to buy new hedge cutters after Lewis Chapman was dragged along with speeding car

Lewis Chapman, 16, is back in business after the community helped to raise money for new hedge cutters that were robbed from him

A village has rallied round to show their support for a teenage entrepreneur who was dragged alongside a car and had is gardening equipment stolen.

Lewis Chapman, 16, was robbed in broad daylight earlier in June by a pair of thugs who drove off with the former Ormskirk High School student still clutching his hedge cutters.

But the Halsall community has rallied round the teen who didn’t know how he was going to afford new gardening essentials for his self-made business, and fundraised to buy him new ones.

Now he is back in business and keeping customers happy. Lewis and his family are overwhelmed by the community support.

Lewis’ mum Louise said: “I do not think anyone can believe how much was raised, we were speechless.

“The whole of the Halsall community really supported him.”

On Friday, July 11, at about 6pm a car stopped Lewis on Gorsuch Lane in Hallsall and asked for directions.

Before Lewis even had time to answer one of the men grabbed his hedge cutter and attempted to pull it from his hand.

Lewis said: “I just kept hold of it, I am not sure why, I just froze with adrenaline and shock and that they cost me £260.

“They hit the accelerator and just started dragging me along with the car. At the time I think I was just in shock, but now that I have had time to think about it, things could have been a lot worse.”

Lewis said that the two males in the car were in their early 20s, the driver being slim, 5ft 10 ins with short dark hair and passenger was overweight, about 6ft, with medium dark brown hair.

Louise added: “We want to say a special thanks to Walnut Salons for holding a cake sale and raffle raising a huge £620.

“Also to Hunters Funeral Directors, Dermal Spa Formby and Flower Style by Laurie.

“And for everyone else who has donated or baked and purchased cakes.

“But most of all to the community of Halsall who have really come together and was horrified by what happened to Lewis, we can’t thank them enough.

“Lewis is now back at work and can hopefully put this behind him.”

Lancashire Police is continuing to appeal for information regarding the crime.

A spokesperson said: “Anyone with information should call the officers on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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