A GRANDFATHER has recounted the "awful" moment he had to explain to his grandson that his motocross bikes had been stolen.

Thieves stole two children's bikes belonging to Meyler Richards, age eight, from a workshop on Shrub Hill Retail Park owned by his grandfather Kevin Jenkins.

Thee Husqvarna motocross bikes, one a 50cc the other a 65cc, were taken on Tuesday, November 14.

Both bikes have racing decals and the racing number 247 on them.

Mr Jenkins said the moment he had to explain what had happened to his grandson was "heartbreaking".

He said: "It was one of the hardest things that I have ever had to do, and it broke my heart having to tell him and see him so sad.

"All he wants to do his ride those motorbikes with his friends, and it is something he is really good at and has been able to regularly compete as well.

"A while ago now, I bought Meyler a toy robot which you could turn on and it would use an infrared sensor to detect when somebody was nearby.

"Right after I told him, he went up to his room and turned the robot on to guard his room because he was worried things would get taken from his room.

"Stealing motorbikes belonging to an adult is awful, but from an eight-year-old child is just unthinkable."

Mr Jenkins said: "My neighbour called to say that the door had been busted open and I turned to my wife straight away and said that the bikes had been taken, I just knew.

"It has been two weeks and we are still upset by everything. I promised Meyler we would get him another motorbike soon."

Meyler asked his grandfather if he could set up a GoFundMe page, so he could "do his bit" to get the funds for a new bike.

Mr Jenkins said: "Kids are so technologically savvy nowadays and Meyler is no different, he set up the page and we have been quite taken aback by the generosity of people.

"Meyler has been checking every day, and has been sending thank you messages to everyone directly who is helping him out."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Michael Poultney by email at michael.poultney@westmercia.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 07557003676.

Alternatively, can contact Crimestoppers anonymously online or by calling 0800 555 111.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit https://gofund.me/a536c852.