A 12-year-old homeless boy received £130 in Christmas gifts after turning up at the police station with just a black bin bag


A HOMELESS boy has been bought off for £130 in Christmas gifts after turning up at a police station with just a black bin bag.

Cops from Nottinghamshire Police were involved in buying the 12-year-old’s gifts, including a football kit and toiletries.


Nottingham cops spent £130 of their own money on the boy having presents for Christmas Day1 credit

The young boy arrived at Radford Road Police Station in Nottingham with nothing but a black rubbish bag.

But now he will have a Christmas to remember after kind-hearted staff spent £130 on gifts for him, the Mail Online has reported.

Other goodies included in the generous prize were a golf set and a sweater.

The boy is now living with a foster family but received the wrapped gifts on Wednesday evening.

Constable Megan Barnard, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “As officers it’s sometimes very easy to overlook an incident because we have to move on so quickly to the next one and sometimes that’s the only way to go. deal with what we see and manage.

“But this case really affected a lot of officers and especially myself after hearing his heartbreaking story.

“With Christmas and knowing how hard the holidays can be for people, sometimes after going through something like that and ending up with nothing, we decided to try and raise some money to make sure he had something. open on Christmas Day.

“It’s amazing to see officers coming together and collecting all this money so we can put a smile on his face and get him things he needed and wanted.

“I was touched by the incredible response we received from police family members of departments and team and other teams who had no direct connection to this young man but felt touched by his history.

“We want to show him that the experiences he has seen and gone through so far in his life should not dictate who he is as a person and that he can overcome them with the support of those around him.

“Being a police officer isn’t just about arresting people and catching criminals – it’s so much more than that and situations like this show that we are human beings and that we are here to support anyone in need. from U.S.”

Constable then praised the young boy’s foster care and said it was ‘delighted to see him so well in a new home and to be taken care of’.

She added: “It’s a deal that will stick with a lot of officers for a long time and it’s amazing to see us all come together to help celebrate Christmas.”

Council leader Councilor David Mellen said: “It’s a heartwarming story that shows the true spirit of Christmas is very much alive, where people help others less fortunate than themselves.

“Our wonderful foster family shows incredible compassion every day, welcoming children and young people into their homes, including in emergencies like this.

“A young boy will now happily spend Christmas enjoying the kindness of the police and the safety of a loving home.”

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