Boy reunited with his bike

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A SCHOOLBOY whose new bike was stolen from him by a teenager in a city park has got his beloved bicycle back.

Luke Turner, aged 11, from Gleadless, had received the £165 bike as an early birthday present but it was stolen when he allowed another boy to have a ride on it.

The boys had met each other in Herdings Park and, after striking up a conversation, trusting Luke handed over his bike when the other boy asked for a go.

But now Luke, a pupil Birley Community College, has been reunited with the X-Rated Mesh Dirty Jump Bike after police officers searched a shed and found it.

They are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the theft.

Luke’s mum, Pauline Turner, 46, said: “We never thought we would see the bike again so when the police rang to say they had found it we were delighted.

“Luke is taking extra special care of it now and the police gave us a UV security marking pen which we have used all over the bike!

“After The Star detailed the theft we were contacted by one reader offering Luke a spare bike, and Martyn Kemp opticians who even offered to buy him a new one.

“We are really grateful for both kind offers.”