Ryan's bike return joy

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth Community College student whose 'pride and joy' bicycle was stolen just weeks after he finished paying for it is celebrating the return of his bike. Since July, 16-year-old Ryan Wilson, of Shelley Reach, had been paying back mum Cheryl Flisher

AN Exmouth Community College student whose 'pride and joy' bicycle was stolen just weeks after he finished paying for it is celebrating the return of his bike.Since July, 16-year-old Ryan Wilson, of Shelley Reach, had been paying back mum Cheryl Flisher £10 a week after she loaned him the cash to buy his prized bright green Raleigh bike.Last week the teenager went to Brixington Park where his bike was stolen in the few minutes it took to walk to the gate to meet his friends.After Ryan's story appeared in last week's Journal, on Friday evening the family received a call from the police saying the missing bike had been handed in.Mum Cheryl, 40, said it was thanks to the Journal highlighting her son Ryan's plight that meant he had his bike back.She said: "My partner Mark Wilson took Ryan up to the police station. Ryan couldn't believe it was going to be his bike."After they picked up the bike Ryan had this big smile on his face. It brought tears to my eyes. He never thought he would get it back."He's learned his lesson and is going to buy a really solid lock and he's going to take it everywhere with the bike."I would like to thank the Journal - if the paper hadn't done such a good article and photo I don't think Ryan would have got his bike back.

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