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A staggering £150,000 has been raised for a dad-of-two who was jailed after chasing burglars from his home.
Adam White, 34, was jailed for 22 months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving after he jumped in his car and ran the thieves, who were riding a stolen motorbike, off the road.
He had been at home with wife Lindsay, 34, and their two children, aged 10 and eight.
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The burglars walked away with no prison time. Taylor Benford and Ryan Paul, both 25, received suspended sentences and 200 hours of community service.
Adam featured on Monday's (November 28) episode of Channel 4's 24 Hours in Police Custody, with many viewers saying it left their "blood boiling".
The episode revealed Adam had spent £50,000 – his "life savings" – on legal fees after he was taken to court. He also lost his job as an electrician and the couple made the heart-wrenching decision to terminate Lindsay's pregnancy given their financial woes.
A GoFundeMe page set up by the family has now raised £150,000. Adam and Lindsay said they've been blown away by the support.
They said in a joint statement: "We are overwhelmed with the support that everyone has given us and cannot thank you all enough.
"We truly can't believe how generous and thoughtful all our donors are.
"Every word of support has encouraged us to remain strong and has put a warmth in our hearts that we lost three years ago.
"We feel so incredibly thankful for the money everyone has raised to help us get back our losses, and thanks to all of you, we have.
"At this stage I would like to take this opportunity to say to anyone who wishes to donate to the page, we will be passing on any future funds from now to charity, to honour the loss of our baby. We will update further information on the page shortly.
"Again, thank you all so much, it is time for us to move forward and start afresh with the life you all have given us back."
The incident occurred in 2019 at Adam's home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, when Benford and Paul posed as buyers for a motorbike Adam had advertised online.
The pair had a history of convictions including theft, reckless driving, criminal damage, shoplifting and drug dealing.
Adam spotted them using bolt cutters to break into his garage and jumped into his Mercedes 4×4 in pursuit of them.
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The burglars were thrown from the stolen motorbike during he chase and suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and broken bones.
Adam was jailed in February but was released in September. He is now wearing an ankle tag.
Bedfordshire Police said that the episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody was "an important reminder that people must not take the law into their own hands".
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