Two men stole a teenage boy's £450 bicycle in a "cowardly and despicable" robbery in broad daylight in a public park.
George Warner's mum Nicola told how the 14-year-old was left shaken following the theft which was captured on camera by a friend.
The schoolboy's blue VooDoo Hoodoo mountain bike was a Christmas present from his grandfather.
Nicola told the Leicester Mercury that George was left "very upset" after the men took his bike and threatened him and his friends after school on Tuesday.
The story has taken a happy turn, with residents rallying around George and raising enough money to buy a new bike.