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Twilight star Robert Pattinson falls foul of Aussie helmet laws

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.



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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