Thieves steal BMX bike which was boy’s final gift from gran

Jack King, who had his BMX bike stolen from the front garden of his home, wth mum Donna Doneathy.
Jack King, who had his BMX bike stolen from the front garden of his home, wth mum Donna Doneathy.

A mum has launched an emotional plea to recover her “heartbroken” son’s bike in South Tyneside.

Jack King’s bike was bought for him by his grandmother just days before her death.

A BMX bike like the one Jack had stolen.

A BMX bike like the one Jack had stolen.

Police inquiries discovered that the 11-year-old’s BMX Blank Media bike has been sold on to a second-hand shop in South Shields.

But Jack and mum Donna Doneathy were dealt a new blow when they found the bike had already been sold on to a mystery South Tyneside shopper.

The bike is worth £300 - but it’s sentimental value is far higher for Jack.

It was a final festive gift from his grandmother Marion Doneathy, who sadly passed away just four days before Christmas at the age of just 67.

Miss Doneathy, 39, said: “My mum bought the bike for him as a Christmas present. She died of COPD, a lung condition, just four days before Christmas.

“My mum and Jack were very close. We would visit her every day. He is heartbroken.

“He was saying to me that he thinks his nana would be cross for him for losing the bike. He is absolutely devastated.”

Now Miss Doneathy, from Taunton Square, Sunderland, is appealing for whoever purchased the copper-coloured Blank Media BMX to get in touch with police.

She added: “The bike was stolen from our front garden.

“The police found out it was sold to a shop in South Shields but they don’t have the details or address of who bought it. I would ask whoever did buy it to get in touch with police.

“They wouldn’t have known that the bike was stolen.

“Jack had been on Facebook inboxing second-hand shops to try to find his bike.

“We just want to get the bike back.”

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Inquiries are being carried out after a bike was stolen from a garden in Taunton Square at about 1.30am on Friday, August 28.

“It is a BMX Blank Media bike and has XDN 6749 stamped on the frame.

“Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, extension number 69191, quoting the reference number 633/29/08/15