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Bike thief caught in Canada – because he was riding without a helmet

It's the law to wear a helmet while cycling in British Columbia – even on a stolen bike...

Police in Canada collared a suspected bike thief – because he was riding without a helmet.

The bike was stolen last Wednesday from a school in Delta, British Columbia, where it had been locked to railings, reports

Since 1996, all cyclists in British Columbia have been required by law to wear a cycle helmet.

So when police saw a man riding bare-headed near the school the following day, they stopped him.

The fact he was carrying another bicycle over his shoulder may also have aroused their suspicions, you’d have thought.

On questioning the man, police established he appeared to be in violation of conditions imposed by court orders.

They also discovered that the bike he was riding was the one that had been taken from the school the previous day, and it has been returned to its owner.

Officers are now trying to trace the owner of the second bike, also believed to have been stolen.

The man, 43-year-old Terry Lee Pipe, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, and three counts of failing to comply with court ordered conditions.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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