Bike theft victim Derrick is back in the saddle thanks to Loughborough police officers
An 83-year-old cyclist whose bike was stolen in September is back in the saddle thanks to Leicestershire Police.
Officers have presented Derrick Bestwick with a bicycle which had been confiscated from a suspected criminal.
Pc Charlotte Dickens, a beat officer for central Loughborough arranged the donation after she heard that Mr Bestwick relied on two wheels to get around the town.
Mr Bestwick said: "I am really grateful for the bike, as without it I struggle to get around because of my knee. The police have been fantastic."
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Pc Dickens said: "It seemed such a pity that Mr Bestwick was without his bike and having trouble getting out.
"I've managed to get him a bike lock as well so he should be able to get around a little easier."
The bike which she presented to him had been seized by the force under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which enables officers to confiscated property, cash and assets paid for by crime.
A 18-year-old man has been charged with stealing Mr Bestwick's cycle, a further theft and a burglary.
He is currently in custody and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on the Monday, November 5.