A schoolboy who dreams of becoming a police officer when he grows up has had a birthday to remember – with a surprise trip to his local station.
Kyle Evans has been obsessed with the police since he was just a toddler and has dreams of becoming a bobby on the beat.
So as his seventh birthday approached last week, his mother Shauna decided to get in touch with her local neighbourhood policing team.
She wrote a letter in which she talked about Kyle’s obsession and his dreams of pulling on the uniform when he was older.
It was then over to Sergeant Ashley Palmer who arranged for the schoolboy to have a surprise tour of Etal Lane Police Station.
On Monday, Kyle went home as normal after finishing school before his mum took him to meet Sgt Palmer and her team.
There he was able to try on some police gear, have a snoop around a police car and even meet dog handler Hayley Raithby and her police dog Billy.
“Kyle has been interested in the police since he was two-years-old and he has done everything except visit a police station,” said Shauna.
“When officers contacted me to say he could help I was so excited for Kyle it was really hard to keep the secret.
“I knew I had to wait until he finished school or Kyle wouldn’t have slept with excitement.
“I packed his police bag with his police jacket and badge and told him to change as I had a surprise for him.
“When we got there, Kyle’s face was priceless and I can’t thank the team at Etal Lane enough for everything they did.
“They all went above and beyond to make my son’s visit very special and give him a day to remember.”
Kyle, who is from Lemington, added: “My police visit was better than any birthday party it was the bestest, bestest day ever. All the police team were awesome.”
Sgt Palmer, who works in the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It was fantastic to see Kyle’s face when he turned up at the police station.
“You can tell he loves the Police and it was our pleasure to give him an access-all-areas tour of the police station.
“It is great to engage with children at a young age and show them that they can come to us if they ever need our help.
“Kyle has all the makings of a future police officer and I am sure he will be a great advocate of what we do when he’s back at school.
“We hope he had a fantastic birthday and we hope to meet him again sometime soon.”
To find out who is in your neighbourhood policing team visit the Northumbria Police website.