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Nathan Wint from Stoke-on-Trent given conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation to victim

A man who took a taxi to a job interview because he was running late then stole a bike to get home since he had no money left has been given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay copmpensation to the victim.

Nathan Wint, 27, took the unlocked bike worth £560 from the premises where his interview had been due to take place at Gordon Banks Way in Trentham Lakes, Stoke-on-Trent.

Despite taking a taxi to try and get to the interview on time, he arrived late and the interview did not go ahead, reports the Burton Mail.

Wint, from Silverdale in Stoke, was identified through CCTV images and told police that he had taken the bike to ride home, but abandoned it on the way due to a flat tyre.

At North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Colin Drew said in Wint’s defence: "It was an extremely foolish act by this young man.

“He had used £12 to pay for a taxi to get him to the job interview.

“The interview did not proceed. He was completely out of funds and as a result he took the bike.

"It was taken simply for the purpose of getting him home."

Magistrates gave him a 12-month conditional discharge and told him to pay the bike’s owner £450.

He was also ordered to pay £135 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Yesterday, we reported on another instance of bike theft where the lateness of the perpetrator was cited as a factor.

That involved a high school student from Hackettstown, New Jersey in the United States who stole a bike to get to school on time.

> US teen steals bike to get to school on time ... cops give him a life lesson

The 16-year-old, who was not name, was charged with theft and tips by police on how he could avoid being late in future.

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.