Docs say Richard is doing really well

DOCTORS treating the teenage victim of a street robbery have moved him out of intensive care and onto a recovery ward.

Richard Lister’s family say they are seeing improvements in the 18-year-old’s condition every day.

“The doctors say he’s doing really well,” said his mum, Debbie Critchell.

“He’s more awake now. He’s not fully woken up yet but he’s opening and closing his right eye and he’s trying to speak, he’s mouthing words.”

Richard, who is known to his friends as Rick, suffered head injuries during the robbery on Skircoat Green Road in Halifax on Thursday, August 18.

He was on his way to meet friends to celebrate his A-level results when he was attacked.

His family and best friend have been by his bedside ever since. They are keeping a diary of everything that has been happening and his friends are putting together a book of well-wishing messages.

Richard, who is from Skircoat in Halifax, has just finished studying at Huddersfield New College and has been working at The Watermill pub in Salterhebble.

Since the robbery, his family have received scores of supportive Facebook and text messages, calls from people they have not seen in years and flowers from anonymous well-wishers. His colleagues at The Watermill have also organised a collection for him. Mrs Critchell says she and the rest of Richard’s loved-ones have been amazed by the support they have received.

“Everyone is trying to do something to help,” she said. “People are praying for him and sending healing thoughts.”

Five people - four men and a woman - have been charged with the robbery.

Police are appealing anyone who witnessed the theft or who has information to ring Calderdale CID on 01422 337085 or 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.