Boy, five, gets to be police officer for a day after motorbike officers surprise him
Touching pictures show a five-year-old boy being given the chance to be an honorary motorbike policeman for a day after losing his father.
Videos of Harry Farrell leading officers around his local streets have gone viral online, being viewed and shared thousands of times.
The five-year-old was left heartbroken when his footballer dad Craig died suddenly aged just 39.
The striker, who won three caps for England U-16s and played for Carlisle United, York City and Whitby Town, died last May.
Harry, who dreams of being a police officer when he grows up, asked Santa Claus for an electric police motorbike for Christmas.
His dream came true when Durham Constabulary’s Motorcycle Section surprised him at his home.
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Videos and pictures show Harry, wearing a police uniform complete with hat, leading a four-man patrol around the streets of his home in Durham.
The schoolboy said: "I used my siren. I even got a badge."
The surprise was arranged by Harry's mum Emma Overton, who said: "Harry had a very tough year last year. Unfortunately his dad passed away.
"He’s been a very good boy so Santa brought him his police bike that he asked for, for Christmas.
"One of the lovely ladies who I used to work with got in touch with me, because her husband was a traffic policeman and said ‘would Harry like a visit off some real policemen?’
"It was such a nice surprise for him, he was completely shocked when all the officers turned up.
"He had such a great time leading them around our street and posing for pictures with them."
PC Phil Skevington, from Durham Constabulary’s Motorcycle Section, said: "After hearing what Harry had gone through last year, we just wanted to help bring a little bit of cheer and make him smile.
"We did a few laps of his cul-de-sac, posed for some photos, and gave him a few mementos, including his own Durham Roads and Armed Policing badge to add to his police vest.
"He had a great time – and so did we.
"It’s lovely to be able to do something nice for someone who has been through such a tough time recently, especially so young."