Police surprise five-year-old boy whose father tragically passed away by letting the child lead motorcycle squad around the street in full uniform
Police surprised a five-year-old boy whose father tragically passed away by letting him lead a motorcycle squad in official uniform.
Motorbike-mad Harry Farrell was just four years old when his footballer father Craig passed away last May aged 39, having played for Carlisle United.
He also left behind stepdaughter, Molly, and former partner, Emma Overton, who was amazed by how Harry dealt with his father’s death.
For Christmas, Santa brought him a miniature police bike – and videos of the five-year-old scooting around were seen by PC Phil Skevington, from Durham Constabulary’s Motorcycle Section.
Police surprised five-year-old Harry Farrell whose father tragically passed away by letting him lead a motorcycle squad parade
PC Phil Skevington, from Durham Constabulary’s Motorcycle Section, organised the parade with fellow Durham PCs, Sam Oliver and Ian Calvert, and Cleveland Police officer, PC Andy Pickering
After hearing about his story and what Harry had gone through over the last seven months, he decided to organise a surprise visit.
Last week, PC Skevington and fellow Durham PCs, Sam Oliver and Ian Calvert, and Cleveland Police officer, PC Andy Pickering, asked Harry to lead them on a special patrol.
The video posted by Durham Roads & Armed Policing’s shows Harry proudly leading the troupe along the road.
Mother Emma, of Durham, now says he wants to be a police officer when he grows up.
‘It was such a nice surprise for him, he was completely shocked when all the officers turned up,’ she said.
The video shows Harry proudly leading the troupe along the road
‘He had such a great time leading them around our street and posing for pictures with them.
‘Last week, Harry had told my mam that he was going to be a teacher when he is older, but now he says he is going to be a police officer!’
She added: ‘I can’t thank Phil enough for organising this and taking such an interest in Harry.
‘The police often get a lot of bad press, but things like this show that they are human and they really do care about their communities.’
Durham Roads & Armed Policing’s Twitter account posted the video and pics of Harry on his bike.
They added: ‘Meet future PC Harry! Harry has had a truly awful time recently, and when we heard how much he loves his new Christmas present, an electric police bike, we had to pay him a visit!
‘Harry professionally led us round his street in full uniform.’
PC Skevington added: ‘After hearing what Harry had gone through last year, we just wanted to help bring a little bit of cheer and make him smile.
‘We did a few laps of his cul-de-sac, posed for some photos, and gave him a few mementos, including his own Durham Roads and Armed Policing badge to add to his police vest.
‘He had a great time – and so did we. It’s lovely to be able to do something nice for someone who has been through such a tough time recently, especially so young.’