Police have been spreading the festive cheer this month by gifting revamped bikes to families and charities across Dudley. 

West Midlands Police built up an assortment of used and unclaimed bikes from Brierley Hill station, and rather than get rid of them, they gave them away to those who would make use of them in the community. 

The appeal was first launched in July with West Midlands Fire Service agreeing to host drop-off points for the bikes which were shipped off to the repair and maintenance experts within Dudley Council's road safety team. 

Dudley Police's Partnerships Manager, Inspector Sarah Long, said: "We're really pleased with the response to our bike appeal and are grateful to our partners within the council, fire service and across the business and charity sector for their support. 

"Most of all, we'd like to thank the people of Dudley who generously donated bikes to boost our appeal."

The team managed to collect over 100 bikes ranging from racers and mountain bikes to children's tricycles with 70 of them being given away over the last week. 

 Amongst the recipients were a local charity that helps people recovering from cancer treatment to get fit again, the Silver Jubilee Park Activity Centre in Coseley, one of Dudley Council's four Healthy Hubs and children from families with special social and health needs being supported by dedicated family hubs. 

Inspector Long added: "Christmas is all about kindness, sharing and the giving of gifts so it's especially important at this time of year to play a part in giving something back to the community."