A LITTLE boy has been left devastated after thieves stole his prized bicycle, which he won in an Echo competition.
Kaillum McDermont, eight, won a competition after writing a letter to Santa, which was published in the paper in September.
He was only able to collect his prize, from Sanctuary Bikes in Shiney Row, at the end of last month, but now it has gone.
Kaillum had been playing out with his friends after finishing school last Thursday and left the bike in the front garden of his Town End Farm home, when it went missing sometime between 6pm and 8pm.
Mum Lynsey, 30, a housewife, who lives with Kaillum’s stepdad Daniel Sanders, 29, says her son is “just devastated” by the theft of the bike he had waited for so long.
Not only that, but the Town End Academy pupil is now feeling left out as he is the only one of his friends without one.
“You wouldn’t be able to print the way I feel,” said his mum who also has daughters Demi, 12, and Millie, five, and a three year-old son, Layton. “How can they go into someone’s garden and steal off a child? It’s stopping him playing out with his friends. He is absolutely devastated.”
Kaillum, whose sister Millie’s letter was also published in the paper, had written: “All right Santa. I’m Kaillum and I’m eight years old. Please can I have a motoped and Sunderland Football Club not to be relegated. I have tried very hard at school this year and tried to keep my bedroom tidy. If it’s not too much, can my nana have a bar of chocolate and my grandad have a new heart. His keeps playing up and doesn’t work very well now. My mammy doesn’t want anything this year, Santa – she just wants us all to have a lovely time.”