"Somebody found it dumped in the bushes at Sheepwash and it's rusted up a bit, but nowt Brasso won't take off."
Old bike
Creative Commons AttributionOld bike - Credit: itroy
Like the boy in the story, the author got his first bike from a recovered property store at the local police station. It's perhaps not surprising that the original owner did not reclaim it, given its condition.

 

 

Brasso
Creative Commons AttributionBrasso - Credit: AuntieP
Brasso has been a popular metal polish for over 100 years, having been introduced in Britain in 1905 by Reckitt & Sons.