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Newark teenager has stolen bike replaced thanks to community fundraiser

A fitness-loving 16-year-old whose bicycle was stolen has had it replaced after a community fundraiser raised more than £350 in less than a week.

Josh Burkitt, of Newark, left his mountain bike outside Holland and Barrett when he quick visit to the shop.

JOSH BURKITT (left) receives the money for his new bike from Andrew Harrison.
JOSH BURKITT (left) receives the money for his new bike from Andrew Harrison.

With his bicycle always in sight, he said he saw a group of younger children take off while he was in the store.

He said the youths nearly knocked an older lady over as they made their getaway.

Andrew Harrison heard about what happened after seeing Josh’s appeal on Facebook and started a fundraiser to get his bike replaced.

He said: “I followed him when he was doing all of his half-marathons for the NHS.

“To raise that much money at 16 and do so much good for the community, he deserved to get something back.

“I tagged my friends in a status on Facebook and we put a collection tin at Kelly’s Snack Bar and raised £351.

“He is a good lad and he deserved the help because raising that sort of money for the NHS was amazing.”

Josh, who completed a half-marathon a day throughout May in aid of the NHS, collected the money for his new bike from Andrew on Tuesday and will donate any remaining funds to charity.

Andrew said it was a real community effort.

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