Bike theft ruins Christmas for Birmingham family
West Midlands Police are investigating a theft, in which a seven-year-old boy had his brand new BMX bicycle stolen.
Ryan Rose, from Trident Close in Erdington, Birmingham, was described to have been left "numb" when thieves made off with his Zinc Echo bike, which his mother Corina Barratt had bought on credit.
The single mum, 45, revealed that Ryan had only ridden his new bike once in the garden before leaving it in a communal hallway of their flats to enjoy the rest of Christmas with his family.
However, Ms Barratt discovered that thieves had made off with the BMX bike after cooking Christmas dinner for her family, which also included Ryan's daughter Sophie and her two grandchildren.
The single mum commented: "This has turned my stomach, it's such a disgusting thing to do on Christmas Day. They are the lowest of the low scumbags doing that to a child, knowing he had it for Christmas."
As well as possibly having to make a cycle insurance claim in order to replace the BMX for her son, Ms Barratt noted that the theft was just another blow for an already difficult year for Ryan.
She explained: "My nan died in February and then my mum died in August. We'd had a lovely day but it had been hard on everyone before this theft. This has made it a bad ending to a bad year.
"I've not even paid for the bike yet, but it's going to have to be replaced. It just kills me, it's disgusting and I want them to know how low they are."
A spokesman at West Midlands Police confirmed that officers had been informed on Christmas night about the bike theft.
He stated: "The youngster's Christmas present had been left in a communal area of the flats, on Trident Close in Erdington, but the family discovered the lime green BMX had gone later that night.
"Police were called and are investigating the burglary."
The incident comes shortly after an appeal was launched by British Transport Police, after three men took off with three bicycles Billericay rail station in a matter of minutes on September 13th 2012.