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Police gift for boy left bereft by bike theft

A young boy whose prized bike was stolen has received an early Christmas present from police officers who clubbed together to buy him a new one.

The boy, called Adee, had been left broken-hearted after his bike was taken from the communal area of his family's apartment.

His parents reported the incident to police in Dundonald on the outskirts of Belfast.

Adee's story struck a chord with officers and they raised the money needed to buy a replacement.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland revealed the festive tale in a Facebook post on Thursday.

"The bike was one of Adee's most prized possessions," the PSNI wrote.

"Last night officers asked Adee's mum Kirsty to bring him to Dundonald Station for a chat.

"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 all glad he's a happy boy again. Merry Christmas Adee and ride safely young man."

While Adee is now set for a happy Christmas, police are still hoping the thief has a miserable one.

"We are still investigating what happened to Adee's first bike," the Facebook post continued.

"If you know, let US know. Ring us on 101."

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