A MALVERN boy who had a skateboard he was given as a present stolen on Christmas Day has now been given a replacement by a professional skateboarder.

Fourteen-year-old Tim Power, a pupil at Dyson Perrins CE High School, received the new board from Worcester skateboarder Vaughan Baker.

Tim was given the skateboard that was taken, worth around £100, as a Christmas present from his father Mark.

He took it for a test run on the evening of Christmas Day but it disappeared while he was using a cash point in Malvern Link.

"I was gutted, really annoyed," said Tim. "It was what I'd always wanted as a skateboard."

When Mr Baker heard Tim's story he kindly gave him a replacement, which Tim said was even better than his original present.

"When he offered to give me a new skateboard I thought my mum was joking, I couldn't believe it," he said.

"It wasn't just the fact that it was Vaughan Baker it was that somebody had bothered to give me one."

While Tim has promised to keep a close eye on his new board, police are still searching for the old skateboard, which was black with a picture and the names Andrew Reynolds and Birdhouse on the underside.

Anyone with information should telephone 08457 444888 quoting 28C/261203.