Kindness of community raises cash for teen whose moped was ‘trashed’ by vandals

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 23 April 2018

Lewis Eaglesfield, 17, with his new moped. Picture by Adie Eaglesfield.

Lewis Eaglesfield, 17, with his new moped. Picture by Adie Eaglesfield.

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The dad of an Exmouth teen whose moped was trashed and dumped in a stream has been ‘amazed’ by the kindness of strangers who have helped to buy him a new bike.

Lewis Eaglesfield, 17, with his new moped. Picture by Adie Eaglesfield.Lewis Eaglesfield, 17, with his new moped. Picture by Adie Eaglesfield.

In March, Adie Eaglesfield, from Birchwood Road, Exmouth, was horrified to discover his 17-year-old son Lewis’s moped ‘trashed’ and discarded in a stream near Dinan Way.

Despite a police investigation, the culprit was not found for the crime, which Mr Eaglesfield says he still struggles to understand.

He said: “I would just like to question them face-to-face and ask why? I don’t feel so much anger anymore, just let down.

Lewis Eaglesfield's moped was found dumped after being stolen from his home in Exmouth on Friday.Lewis Eaglesfield's moped was found dumped after being stolen from his home in Exmouth on Friday.

“To find it completely wrecked and totalled, I don’t have the words to describe it, really.”

Lewis, who used the bike to get to work and college, suddenly found himself reliant on others to get around.

But an outpouring of support and generosity from Exmouth’s community has left the family humbled after they have helped him buy a replacement moped.

Mr Eaglesfield said: “I am amazed; there quite are a few people who have donated, but one in particular gave £50 – it’s astonishing!”

After his story was shared on social media hundreds of times and received many positive reactions, someone recognised Lewis in the street and gave him £10 to put towards a new bike.

Seeing that people clearly wanted to help, friends and family persuaded him to start a gofundme page. Along with donations, people also shared messages of support.

One person wrote: “You deserve to reach your goal Lewis. You are a decent, hard-working young man who did not deserve for this to happen.”

Within weeks a total of £270 was raised, which he used along with some of his own money, to buy a second-hand Yamaha Neos, from a fellow Exmouth resident.

Mr Eaglesfield said he wanted to express gratitude to all of the people who had shown support to Lewis through this tough time.

“Thank you very much; I mean that from the bottom of my heart; the Exmouth community has been so generous,” he said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the matter was now ‘complete’ and that there was no named suspect. However, they have urged people who may have new information to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk quoting CR/023024/18.

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