Adee's festive joy as cops ride to rescue with a new bicycle
Thoughtful police officers made a boy's Christmas by replacing his stolen bicycle.
Dundonald schoolboy Adee Davidson, who has Asperger's syndrome, was left heartbroken after his bicycle was taken from a communal area outside his mother Kirsty's apartment.
Kirsty reported the theft to police in the hope Adee would get his bike back, but with no news and Christmas on the horizon, officers in Lisburn and Castlereagh decided to intervene.
Cops from across the district came together and bought him a new bike with money out of their own pockets.
On Wednesday police in Dundonald asked Kirsty and her son to come down to the local station for a surprise.
They then brought the primary school pupil into the enquiry room and told him to cover his eyes before they presented him with the new bicycle.
The PSNI said yesterday that Adee was so excited he jumped on the bicycle straight away and took it for a quick spin around the station.
A post on the PSNI Facebook page explained: "Officers at Lisburn and Castlereagh heard about the incident and put their hands in their pockets to buy him another bike as they didn't want to see him do without one this Christmas.
"Adee sat patiently with his mum and dad in the station and one of our officers told him to close his eyes.
"The officer produced the bike and Adee looked delighted and immediately whizzed around the station. We are glad he's a happy boy again. Merry Christmas Adee and ride safely, young man. We are still investigating what happened to Adee's first bike. If you know, let us know."
The PSNI's post went viral across Facebook yesterday, with hundreds of people liking and sharing the story.
Barbara Alexander wrote: "We have the best police service in the world. Its so nice to hear something positive about these men and women for a change. Well done PSNI. To all officers, have a safe and merry Christmas."
Carol Nelson added: "What a lovely gesture to make a wee boy's day. Just shows you that the PSNI have a heart and are good for the community. Bravo to Lisburn and Castlereagh branch."
And Sharon Jepson-Reilly posted: "Well done to the PSNI. What a lovely and generous thing to do. Happy Xmas Adee. The true spirit of Christmas."