When bicycle thieves struck in Wheatley, a hardworking paperboy was left to continue his round on foot - until his generous customers came to the rescue.
Joe Maith, 14, who lives in Wheatley Hills has worked for Smith’s Newsagents on Becket Road for just over a year and regularly sets off delivering papers on his trusty bike.
However, one day, as he went to a customer’s door to make a delivery, his bike, which he had left propped up at the fence of the property was stolen from under his nose.
Newsagent, and Joe’s boss, Steve Maxwell said: “Joe came back and told us what had happened and soon enough all of his customers found out too.
“We all agreed to have a whip round for him to raise enough money to get him a new bike.”
Around 25 Wheatley residents digged deep and offered their support, raising well over £200 for Joe.
The cash was used to purchase a brand new set of wheels for Joe (pictured above) and he can now continue his round at a faster pace than he did on foot.
Steve added: “His customers have been very generous in making donations to Joe and he now has a new set of wheels.”
He was presented with the bike by Steve and partner Sue Shutt last week.