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Coronavirus: Police cheer up boy, 4, with lockdown birthday visit

By April 5, 2020 No Comments
Dexter Lee alongside big brother Freddie and Sergeant Mark Wilson

The boys in blue have helped cheer up a four-year-old boy who had his birthday celebrations cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The parents of Dexter Lee had planned a family holiday to mark his special day but it had to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

His mother Anna had to tell him he couldn’t invite his friends to their home in Mossley Hill, Liverpool.

Dexter wants to be a police officer when he grows up and Anna asked friends if they knew of any police officers who could drive past the house to give him a special wave.

After the message was passed on to Merseyside Police, Sergeant Mark Wilson, along with force mascot Bobby, visited Dexter armed with a goodie bag and a superhero card from Chief Constable Andy Cooke.

Dexter was visited by the force's mascot
Dexter was visited by the force’s mascot

The little boy’s grandparents Fred and Margaret Diamond and Andy and Mari Lee, who have been in isolation at home, joined the celebrations from their cars outside the house, along with neighbours.

Dexter and his big brother Freddie tried out the blues and twos in the police van, while six-month-old baby brother Mason looked on.

His mother and father, Anna and Rob, said in a joint statement: “We are grateful to the police and Mark in particular for helping to make Dexter’s birthday exciting.

“Obviously we have been staying at home for the last two weeks in line with the guidelines and it can get a bit repetitive with little ones.

The family had planned to celebrate Dexter's birthday with a holiday
The family had planned to celebrate Dexter’s birthday with a holiday

“The most we were hoping for was for a police officer to drive by and flash the sirens. We are so overwhelmed by the effort the police went to today. It has brought a lot of cheer to us and the whole neighbourhood.”

Neighbours sang Happy Birthday from the street to Dexter, who is now looking forward to a visit to Speke police station when restrictions are lifted.