Having roped in the police to help track him down, Newcastle have rewarded a young fan who stayed behind after last month’s derby draw against Sunderland to help clean up St James’ Park.
Seven-year-old Tyler Heaviside, from County Durham, stuck around after the final whistle and lent the police on duty a hand by clearing up rolls of tape that had been scattered outside the stadium.
After spotting his good deed on CCTV, Northumbria police launched a public appeal to find Tyler and thank him for his hard work.
The appeal was a success, and now Tyler has been invited back to St James’ as a special guest for Newcastle’s upcoming Premier League tie against Man City, before which he’ll lead the teams out.
A seven-year-old boy from County Durham – seen on CCTV helping clean up after Newcastle United hosted Sunderland AFC last month – gets a special reward at St. James’ Park ⚽ ⚽
Tyler also visited St. James’ Park with his mum Leanne on Thursday afternoon, where he was given a signed football by Sergeant Neil Pacey, of the Northumbria Police football neighbourhood policing team, as a token of their esteem.
Northumbria Police chief superintendent, Steve Neill, told the official Newcastle site:
Tyler played his part in what was a very successful day and deserves recognition for spending part of his afternoon helping our officers outside the stadium.
It is only right that he is rewarded and I hope he thoroughly enjoys walking out with his team at St James’ Park.
We want a say a big thank you to him from Northumbria Police.