A DAD has put up a £1,000 reward for the safe return of his son's beloved motocross bike which was stolen from the car park of an East Lothian hotel at the weekend.

Ten-year-old Charley Irwin was left "shocked and gutted" at the theft, which meant he couldn't compete in the Ecosse MX Winter Series at Dunbar on Sunday.

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The youngster, who had travelled to East Lothian with his mum Sandra McAdam and dad Neil Irwin for the racing, had to return to his home in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland.

Sandra said that they stayed at the Premier Inn Edinburgh A1 near Whitecraig on Saturday night and got up the next day to find their van had been broken into and Charley's motocross bike and helmet, valued at £5,500, had been stolen.

She said: "Charley was shocked and couldn't believe it. Children don't think this is going to happen to them. He has no other bike."

Now Neil has put up a £1,000 reward on social media for the safe return of the KTM 2018 small-wheel 85 motocross bike to enable Charley to resume his racing all over UK in the British Youth National series and other competitions.