Watch as Edinburgh boy who had 8th birthday party cancelled gets surprise police drive past while doing daily exercise

An Edinburgh boy was left smiling again during a surprise police drive past which was organised after his eighth birthday party was cancelled.

By Jamie McKenzie
Friday, 17th April 2020, 4:07 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 4:07 pm

The boy, known only as Alex, was treated to several police vehicles sounding their sirens and blue flashing lights as he went outside for his daily exercise.

Edinburgh Police North East’s official twitter account posted a video this afternoon showing the drive by, which was led by two police motorcyclists followed by two cars and a van.

The police van at the rear displayed a special ‘happy birthday message for the youngster as it drove past.

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The video was shared by Edinburgh North East Police on twitter.

The tweet read: “#Coronavirus lockdown meant Alex had to cancel his 8th birthday party. Alex never complained and knew he had to #StayHomeSaveLives. We found out where he walked for his daily exercise and surprised him. Happy Birthday Alex. We are all in this together. #staysafe.”

Events such as children’s birthday parties are currently not allowed under the Government’s tight social distancing restrictions, which prevent visits to people in different households unless for purposes such as helping a vulnerable person by bringing them food or medicine.

Police have been asked for any further details about why the drive-past may have been organised for Alex.