Kind offers flood in after 12-year-old devastated when 'pride and joy' bike stolen at Sutton
A Sutton mum says her family’s ‘faith in human kindness’ has been restored after a store replaced her 12-year-old son’s stolen bicycle and offers of help flooded in.
Joanne Denby told the Chad she wanted readers to know “there are still good people out there” after her family received “overwhelming support”, including offers of four replacement bikes - one within 10 minutes – after appeals on Facebook to trace the missing bike.
She said her son Kian Denby-Wright had his £450, orange and black Carrera bike stolen from Outram Street on Friday.
Hearing about the devastated Quarrydale Academy pupil, Dave Hatherell, at the Halfords, in Sutton, where the original bike was purchased, immediately donated a brand new, upgraded model.
Joanne, who is a 36-year-old carer, said: “I want everyone to know how kind people have been to my lad.
"He was devastated when his bike was stolen. It took him months to save up last year, he did lots of jobs for his nana and the family, during the six week holidays to raise the money for it, he’d worked so hard, and it was his first big spend. The bike was his pride and joy.
“He was out with his mates on Outram Street, on Friday, it was outside a shop for a few minutes when it was taken. I immediately drove around the area to see if I could see anyone with the bike, we reported it to the police.
“Kian was mortified, absolutely gutted, he adored his bike so he was thrilled when they offered him another one.
“I’m speechless at the response. There are still good people out there, one person had offered him a second hand bike within ten minutes of going on Facebook.”
When Kian and his ‘nanna’ Tracy Hovell went to pick up the new bike, the store also threw in a free lock.
Tracey Hovell also took to Facebook to say: “ THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Kians parents and I are gratified by the support we've been given during this ordeal. Thanks to everyone who shared my post.”
She also gave a ‘shout out’ to Lee Fender one of the people who had quickly offered a second hand bike, and gave a “massive thanks” to the Halfords team.
She added “I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed peeps.”
Dave Hatherell, Store Manager at Sutton Halfords said: "It was so sad to see on social that Kian's Carerra bike had been stolen. We wanted to help, so we got in touch with Kian's parents and offered to donate a replacement, as well as a strong bike lock to help make sure he doesn't have the same issue in the future. We're thrilled to have been able to help such a lovely young man in the community, and wish him many adventures on his new bike."
Regarding inquiries into the theft, a Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said “We were made aware of this incident on the afternoon of January 7 and later interviewed a 45-year-old man in connection with the offence.
“Our investigations are currently ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 483 of January 7, 2022.”