Rob the bobby does the beat on his bike

A NORTH East policeman will be whizzing round the beat on Monday in a 260-mile bike ride to help his disabled son.

PC Rob Crawshaw aims to cycle to every operational police station in the Northumbria Force, from Berwick to Gateshead, within 24 hours to raise £15,000 so that his son Ollie can have a powered wheelchair.

The tot was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic condition affecting the brain signals to the muscles, just before his second birthday and is unable to walk or stand up without help.

PC Crawshaw, who lives in Whitley Bay, has been in training for six months to prepare for his fund-raising challenge.

He said: “I know it’s going to be hard, especially if the weather is too hot or very wet, but I only need to think about Ollie and know I would do it again and again.

“Ollie will be three a few days before, this is the best birthday present we could ever get him.”

The officer is scheduled to reach the Morpeth station in Castle Square at 6am.

Anyone wishing to support him can visit him on the route or log onto