A paperboy has thanked a postman who saved the day when a thief stole his new bike.
Lewis Danson, 14, put down his Raleigh while delivering a newspaper to a home in Lambert Road, Ribbleton, Preston.
While his back was turned a man jumped on the bike and cycled off down the street.
But postman Steve Bullen heard Lewis shouting for help and sped after the culprit in his van - catching up with him near Brookfield Park, where the crook panicked and dumped the bike.
The 54-year-old dad-of-three’s actions were even more impressive because he only returned to work last month after suffering a heart attack.
Lewis, from Holme Slack Lane, Holme Slack, said: “A man in a grey tracksuit jumped on my bike and rode off towards Brookfield Park.
“He had his hood up so I couldn’t see his face.
“I started shouting and the postman who was doing his deliveries asked me if the man had just taken my bike.
“When I said he had, the postman jumped into his van and chased after him. He must have heard him coming after him because he dumped the bike on the park and ran off towards the estate.”
Lewis, who attends Our Lady’s Catholic High School in St Anthony’s Drive, Fulwood, said the bike was a replacement for a silver Carrera model, which was stolen from his back garden.
He said: “I didn’t really expect to get it back because the man was cycling quite fast.
“We tried to offer Steve a thank you but he wouldn’t take it. I said how grateful I was, especially when he has just come back from a heart attack.
“He’s a hero - he was very brave.”
The postman of 35 years had a heart attack in May and was off work for six months.
He said: “I’ve only just come back to work, so this was the last thing I needed really!
“But it’s just your instinct to try and help. You don’t think about the consequences.
“Any of the other postmen probably would have done the same. I wasn’t going to run after him but I had my van so I thought I might catch him.
“Lewis was really chuffed about it and his mum was even more chuffed because she said it was the second bike he’s had pinched.
“The police rang me up and thanked me too.”
Royal Mail spokesman Val Bodden praised Steve’s quick thinking and actions when he came across the incident on Saturday, December 15.
She said: “The boy’s family were thankful Steve was there and this shows how public spirited our people can be when faced with such a situation.”