Police officers have helped make the day of an eight-year-old boy who is currently battling cancer after turning up to a superhero event organised by his family over the weekend. 

Officers from the Hartlepool Neighbourhood Team attended a special event at the weekend, in honour of a little boy from the town who loves superheroes and police.

Riley Bains at the event on SaturdayRiley Bains at the event on Saturday (Image: CLEVELAND POLICE)

Riley Bains, 8, battled cancer when he was younger and had to have his leg amputated as a result. 

Tragically, Riley and his family recently discovered that the cancer had returned.

Riley with a police hat and a police badgeRiley with a police hat and a police badge (Image: CLEVELAND POLICE)

Despite the eight-year-old being seriously ill, his family staged a party on Saturday (July 6) at The Steelworks Club on Westbourne Road in Hartlepool to boost Riley's spirits. 

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The event saw Riley's family member, Stephen Picton, invite all superheroes including police officers, family and friends to the venue to assemble the superheroes. 

After the event, a representative of Cleveland Police, who had offered help to Riley and his family, said: "Despite being extremely poorly, Riley continues to smile.

"We hope Riley enjoyed his special day meeting the superheroes."