Teen befriended boy in city park and then rode off on his new bicycle

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A SHEFFIELD schoolboy has been left heartbroken by a thief who rode off on his bike in a city park.

Luke Turner, aged 11, of Briarfield Crescent, Gleadless, was playing on his bike in Herdings Park with a teenager who befriended him and then rode off with his bicycle.

The pair had only just met, but trusting Luke, who attends Birley Community College, agreed to give the boy a go on his bike.

Luke had only had the £165 bike for just over a week when it was stolen.

He was given the bike - an X-Rated Mesh Dirty Jump Bike - as an early birthday present so he could use it over the spring and summer months.

It had a black frame, white handlebars and wheels with a red rim and silver spokes.

Luke’s mum, Pauline Turner, 46, said Luke just wants his bike back. She added: “Luke is heartbroken. He was inconsolable when he came home from the park without his bike.

“He and a friend he was with bumped into a boy who they got talking to and when that boy asked for a go on Luke’s bike he never for one minute thought he was going to ride off on it.

“He just trusted him and feels totally let down. His parents must know he has suddenly come home with a brand new bike and must have asked questions.”

Luke said the boy had brown hair, was wearing a purple hoodie, jeans and was aged in his mid teens.

n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020.