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Robert Pattinson cautioned over no bike helmet in Australia

Published 31/01/2013 | 08:56

Actor is in Australia working on new film

ROBERT Pattinson, the British Twilight star, has been cautioned by authorities in South Australia for riding a bicycle without a helmet.

The 26 year-old escaped a fine after he was photographed riding through the state’s capital Adelaide, without the required safety gear.

Pattinson, who has flown to Australia to film a new movie in the outback, was seen riding along the city’s River Torrens wearing only a baseball cap, turned backwards.

Under South Australian law, riders must wear “an approved bicycle helmet that is properly adjusted and securely fastened''.

Police were alerted after the photo appeared in the local newspaper, the Adelaide Advertiser earlier this week, and officers have reportedly since spoken to the star’s management team.

He was issued with a warning but escaped having to pay a fine of $90 [£59] plus a $60 [£40] victims of crime levy.

The Hollywood star, who was riding through the city while it hosted the Tour Down Under professional bike race, was warned that he would be fined if he was caught again.

While he may have been inspired by the professional race, which was held around South Australia, he looked to be more relaxed than competitors, wearing just shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers.

A South Australian police spokesman confirmed today that the star had been "cautioned" and that officers were "confident Mr Pattinson is now well aware" of the local laws.

"He was spoke to and told of the requirement to wear a helmet when riding a bike in the state of South Australia," he said.

"He was just told of this requirement... and cautioned."

Pattinson, who was reported to have recently separated from girlfriend Kristen Stewart after four years, is filming The Rover, a futuristic Western set in the Australian desert, in the state’s Flinders Ranges.

He plays an injured gang member called Rey in the film, which also co-stars leading Australian actor Guy Pearce, 45.

Pearce's character Eric is forced to join forces with Rey and hunt down his gang after they steal the last of his possessions.

Speaking to MTV last year, Pattinson said of his latest movie: "It's a really tough script.

"I don't really know, I don't even know how to talk about it yet. It's one of the best I've read.

“It's one of my top five favourite scripts I've read since I started doing this. It's really nerve-racking."

Their relationship was rocked last year by Stewart’s alleged affair with married director Rupert Sanders.

The young couple suffered a very public break-up after intimate photographs of Stewart with her Snow White and the Huntsman director emerged.

They were spotted socialising together and reconciled shortly before they attended the world premiere of the last instalment of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in Los Angeles late last year.

They are said to have since separated again. A spokesman for Pattinson was unavailable for comment.

Andrew Hough

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