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Hit-and-run victim is surprised with brand new bike

PUBLISHED: 17:48 27 July 2019 | UPDATED: 18:46 27 July 2019

Miya Newman, who was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Beccles, has been surprised with a new bike by Robbie Riches. Picture: Thomas Chapman

Miya Newman, who was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Beccles, has been surprised with a new bike by Robbie Riches. Picture: Thomas Chapman

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An 11-year-old girl has been surprised with a new bike after her original two-wheeler was mangled in a hit-and-run.

Miya Newman, who was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Beccles, has been surprised with a new bike by Robbie Riches. Picture: Robbie RichesMiya Newman, who was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Beccles, has been surprised with a new bike by Robbie Riches. Picture: Robbie Riches

Miya Newman was riding her pink bicycle home following her last day at St. Benet's Catholic School, in Beccles, when she was involved in a collision with a car at the junction between Ashman's Road and London Road.

The vehicle subsequently fled the scene and Miya was fortunate to escape with minor injuries, but her bike could not be salvaged.

The story caught the eye of Robbie Riches, owner of The Vape Hut on St Mary's Street, and he was determined to somehow put a smile back on Miya's face.

And, to her complete surprise, Miya was this afternoon invited to the shop and presented with a brand new bike.

Miya Newman, who was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Beccles, has been surprised with a new bike by Robbie Riches. Picture: Courtesy of Robbie RichesMiya Newman, who was the victim of a hit-and-run collision in Beccles, has been surprised with a new bike by Robbie Riches. Picture: Courtesy of Robbie Riches

"I was just reading through Facebook one day and spotted the post about Miya," said Mr Riches. "I started reading into it and, because I've got kids of my own, I thought about how upset she would be.

"She was left without a bike because of what happened, so I thought it would be a nice thing to do to get her a new one.

"Her face when she came in and received the bike was worth the value of a million bikes - an absolute picture. It was one of those moments that made it all so worthwhile."

Miya's mother, Hannah Button, said the gesture had been an act of sheer generosity.

"She's really chuffed," added Miss Button. "As soon as she got the bike she wanted to ride it, almost as if her confidence suddenly came back.

"Since the accident she hasn't event attempted to speak about bikes whatsoever. We can't thank Robbie enough and Miya had no idea whatsoever - it was a complete surprise."

Despite the trauma of the collision, which happened on July 18 at 3.25pm, Miya highlighted her determination to carry on cycling.

"Because I had no idea about the new bike I was really happy," she said. "I'm really keen to get back on the roads and start riding again.

"Since doing my cycling course at school I've really enjoyed going out on the roads and will be doing it a lot more in the future."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101, quoting CAD 204 of July 18.

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