A GRANDMOTHER has spoken of her family’s delight after her grandson was reunited with his stolen birthday present – thanks to a story in The News.
Little Joshua Galmoye was left devastated when thieves stole his distinctive Ben 10 child’s quad bike from the car port of his home in Pallant Mews, Havant.
The youngster already knew he was getting the present for his fifth birthday last month and as a treat his mum Gemma let him have a ride on it before wrapping it up.
She left it outside their home, which is in a gated community, but woke on the morning of her son’s birthday to find it had been stolen.
The £200 quad bikes rarely come on the market and she feared someone was planning to sell it on.
But after Joshua’s tale appeared in The News staff at Hayling Island’s Beachlands patrol got in touch to say they had found it just hours after it was stolen.
Joyriders had used it to ride up and down the beach before dumping it when it ran out of power.
The rangers tried contacting police but because the officer in charge of the case was off they could not track down the owner until they spotted the story in The News.
Joshua has now been reunited with his birthday present after his grandparents picked up the quad bike, dried it out and charged it.
It’s now in perfect working order.
Grandmother Carolyn Galmoye-Webster said: ‘We didn’t tell Joshua at first because we wanted to make sure we could get it working again.
‘Whoever stole it obviously ragged it up and down the beach and when it ran out of power they tried to rip the seat off to get to the wires.
‘Fortunately they didn’t manage it, they just ran off and left it to the elements.
‘We hid it under a blanket and Joshua’s face was a treat when we pulled it off.
‘He is absolutely over the moon.’
The family have no idea who may have taken the vehicle but believe it must have been more than one person to be able to lift the heavy quad bike over the gate.
CCTV of the property was too dark to identify any suspects.