Two young boys were “heartbroken” when the bikes they got for Christmas were callously stolen from their garden in Falmouth.

The red and white BMXs belonging to a seven and eight-year-old were stolen from Trevarth Road on New Year’s Day.

The boys’ grandmother Phyllis Kevern said: “They were extremely upset.”

She added: “My daughter is an amazing mum, she does everything on her own. She saves hard throughout the year, so at Christmas she tries to get everything they ask for on their lists. This, as you can imagine, is not always possible, especially being a lone parent, but she always makes the Christmas time a magical time for them.

“We just can’t believe that anyone can just take children’s stuff.”

Tracey Symons, a friend of the family, was so disturbed by the thieves’ actions that she decided to set up a fundraiser to try to get the boys some new bikes.

She said: “It’s disgusting. It just touched me, and not just because they’re sort of like family. Just the thought of two little lads going out to play on their bikes and they’re not there. They’re heartbroken.”

She added: “You know what it’s like when you’re a child and you get a bike for Christmas. The thought of their faces broke my heart.”

Her goal is to raise £200 and take the two youngsters out shopping so they can choose their new wheels.

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