GETTING a new bike brings a smile to every young child's face but for Noah Herring it was an extra special moment on his road to recovery.

The beaming seven-year-old suffered horrific injuries when a drug-driver smashed into him as he was riding his bike to the park with his dad, James, in February this year.

Now the brave youngster will be able to get back out on a mountain bike – once he is given the all clear from his doctors – after an officer from Cleveland Police arranged for him to pick up a surprise gift when he visited the force's Specialist Operations Unit.

He thought he was going to check out the force's motorbike and roads policing unit but was presented with a new Kona bike to replace the one that was destroyed when he mown down by the speeding, drug driver.

Noah suffered a broken leg, fractured collar bone and a bleed on the brain but his proud father, James, said it was his son's resilience and bravery that helped pull the entire family through the horrendous ordeal.

"Noah has been so brave – he really has helped us all and has kept our spirits up from the outset. You hear people say they were fighting for their lives – Noah truly was fighting for his life," he said.

"He didn't know about getting the new bike but we were already planning new routes for us to try out once he is cleared to ride again."

The Northern Echo: Noah Herring trying out a police motorbikeNoah Herring trying out a police motorbike

Noah and his father were cycling to the park on a designated cycle path when the incident happened, as the Mercedes crossed two lanes of traffic before mounting the pavement and striking Noah at speeds over 60mph in a 30mph zone.

PC Natalie Horner, who worked on the case as part of the Collision Investigation Unit (CIU), contacted Kona bikes to ask if they could assist Noah with a replacement bike.

When Scott Belshaw heard what happened he immediately set to work on a bespoke bike for Noah, free of charge to the family.

The Northern Echo: Noah with his new bikeNoah with his new bike

Scott Belshaw said: “I couldn't believe what I was hearing when Natalie told me the details – I was so moved that I knew that I had to do something and supplying him with a custom-built bike was the least we could do.”

PC Natalie Horner added: "He was very concerned that his ‘pride and joy’ had been ruined after the collision and I thought it would be great if he could get a replacement."