Young boy with rare form of cancer helps solve bike theft case

A young boy with a rare form of cancer has helped police in Queensland’s Western Downs Region solve a bike theft case on his very first shift as a special constable.

Christopher Lowe began radiation treatment in June this year for a tumour that is impacting his brain and spine.

Sadly, a month later Christopher and his family were told the nine-year-old also had a high-grade neuroepithelial tumour with a BCOR alteration – an extremely rare cancer with only 25 cases reported worldwide and one other case in Australia.

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© Queensland Police A young boy with a rare form of cancer has helped police in Queensland’s Western Downs Region solve a bike theft case on his very first shift as a special constable.

Christopher has always dreamed of joining the Queensland Police when he grows up and that dream was realised when he was sworn in as a Special Junior Constable at the Miles LAC.

“I always dreamed of being a police officer when I was young, so I wanted to make Christopher’s dream become a reality,” Miles Senior Constable Linette Swales said.

Christopher was sworn in as a Special Junior Constable by Superintendent Garrath Channells and received his own QPS name badge and notice of appointment from Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll.

He was greeted by a special ceremony of specialist units including the Toowoomba Dog Squad, Road Policing officers, the Police Band, the Major and Organised Crime Squad (MOCS) and Scene of Crime officers (SOC).

They met with Christopher after he, his parents and sisters rode around town in an official police vehicle.

During Christopher’s shift with the Miles command, he helped with an investigation into a stolen bicycle from the town’s social club shed.

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© Queensland Police During Christopher’s shift with the Miles command, he helped with an investigation into a stolen bicycle from the town’s social club shed.

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With the assistance of the SOC officers and the Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Special Junior Constable Christopher located the bicycle and alleged thief at a local business, Roadwarriors.

For his efforts, the Queensland Police Union for Employees then gifted the bicycle to Christopher.

Special Junior Constable Christopher and his family then got to enjoy morning tea and lunch with his fellow officers, before Superintendent Channells promoted him to the rank of Special Chief of Police for his efforts in solving the stolen bike case.

Christopher’s father, Ian Lowe said the day was amazing and “just made his dreams come true”.

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