British actor let off with caution after fan's pics of him riding without helmet make it into papers...

British actor Robert Pattinson has fallen foul of Australia's compulsory helmet laws after police discovered a picture of him riding a bike without one.

According to the website Entertainment Wise, police in South Australia confirmed that the 26-year-old had been let off with a caution.

"He will not be fined, it is just a simple caution. We had a chat with him and told him that it is a requirement to wear a helmet while cycling a pushbike. It’s no biggie," said a police spokesman.

Police were alerted to Pattinson's bare-headed riding after a fan snapped a photo of him which was then published in a local paper.

"Someone took a picture of him when he was out cycling so that is how we knew,” said the spokesman. “If he does it again, he will be fined."

Pattinson could have been fined A$90 for riding without a helmet, plus a victims of crime surcharge of A$60, for a total of around £100.

Given the vampire-playing Twilight star has a net worth estimated at US$64 million, we're guessing that he'd just have sucked any fine up.



Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.