Christmas has come early for a delighted youngster – after a good Samaritan schoolgirl helped reunite him with the beloved bike he feared he would never ride again.
Jack King was left devastated when thieves snatched his BMX Blank Media bike from the front garden of his home two months ago.
The bike was the final festive gift bought for him by his grandmother Marion Doneathy before she died at the age of 67 just four days before Christmas.
Police tracked down Jack’s prized present to a second-hand shop in South Shields, only to discover it had already been sold on.
But, after mum Donna Doneathy issued a call for the bike to be returned in the Gazette, its new owner, a 10-year-old girl, selflessly came forward.
Jack, 11, of Taunton Square, Sunderland, can’t wait to get back in the saddle, saying; “I am over the moon. I never thought I would get it back.
I am over the moon - I never thought I would get it back.Jack King
Mum Donna Doneathy handed over a ‘thank you’ card to police for their efforts – and will be buying a gift for the girl who made the happy day possible.
Miss Doneathy, 39, said: “We are very grateful to her. I really hope that she gets her money back or another shop steps in and gives her a free bike as a reward.”
Pc Rob Lloyd, from the South Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are delighted to be able to reunite Jack with his bike.”
South Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Young added: “The retrieval of Jack’s bike is down to great work by Pc Lloyd, who initially saw the bike in a second-hand shop and checked to see if it matched any stolen bikes in the area.”
Police are still carrying out inquiries into the theft and anyone with information is asked to call 101, extension number 69191, quoting the reference number 633/29/08/15