Lancashire millionaire offers £250k reward to catch raiders

Jason Cropper
Image caption Jason Cropper was beaten up by the robbers

A multi-millionaire who was beaten and robbed by armed raiders is offering a £250,000 reward to catch the gang.

Jason Cropper, founder of e-cigarette company Totally Wicked, needed hospital treatment after the masked gang robbed his Lancashire home in August.

Mr Cropper, 48, is offering £50,000 for each of the four raiders plus £25,000 each for two accomplices.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said the force was aware of the reward but would not comment directly.

Mr Cropper was beaten up by the gang when they raided his home in Goosefoot Lane, Samlesbury, just after midnight on 2 August 2013.

They stole several "high value watches", two 1kg (2lb) gold bars valued around £25,000 each and £75,000 in cash, before escaping in his £60,000 Range Rover which was later found burnt out.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said officers were aware of the reward, adding: "An investigation is ongoing and police are obviously treating the robbery very seriously.

"We are doing everything we can to try and trace the offenders."

Mr Cropper resigned as chief executive of the multimillion-pound global business Totally Wicked E-Liquid in June.

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