Tycoon offering cash reward to catch yobs

Businessman Jason Cropper, 48 from Samlesbury standing next to the porch where he was attacked
Businessman Jason Cropper, 48 from Samlesbury standing next to the porch where he was attacked
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A multi-millionaire who was attacked in his home by masked men as he let his cat out is offering a £250,000 reward for information.

Jason Cropper, 48, suffered injuries after he was subjected to a prolonged attack with various weapons, believes his assailants may have come from the Haydock or St Helens area.

He was set upon in the grounds of his house in Goosefoot Lane in Samlesbury, Lancashire, in at around 12.30am on August 2 last year.

Mr Cropper says he was doused in bleach and had his head covered with a towel as the offenders demanded to know where he kept his valuables.

He suffered head injuries after being hit and dragged along the ground.

After placing adverts in local newspapers, he said toda: “I am not going to be a victim and I am not going to allow anybody to walk all over me.”

The attackers made off with his Range Rover.

Inside it were two gold bars worth around £50,000, plus three watches - two made by Omega and another by Breitling - and £70,000 in cash from his home.

The £60,000 car was later found on fire and abandoned nearby. It is thought the gang had another waiting vehicle.

Mr Cropper, who is the former director of e-cigarette firm Wicked Cigarettes, was treated in the Royal Preston Hospital after the burglary.

He said he will add an extra £5,000 every week until he gets information

Today a Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the reward. Investigations are ongoing into the incident and we would urge anyone with information to contact us.”

Mr Cropper, who has invested £20,000 into security at his four-bedroomed property since his ordeal, believes the burglars knew him because they seemed to know the layout of his home.

He said he believed the thugs thought he had £4m gold in his house, which he had recently bought.

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.