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Police refused to chase a thief who had stolen a moped because the youth was not wearing a helmet, the victim said yesterday.

Max Foster, 18, said officers told him they feared being sued if the thief fell off the moped and injured himself.

The thief escaped on the £1,200 moped, which was only insured third party. Mr Foster, of Coleford, Somerset, uses his Gilera 180cc to commute to work in Bath.

He was staying at a friend's house in Bath on Tuesday night when he was woken at 1.45am by the sound of his machine being ridden outside.

He saw three youths taking it in turns to ride without helmets, and he dialled 999.

Two officers from a police response unit arrived shortly after the trio sped away, but Mr Foster said they told him they could not go after them.

"They said they weren't allowed to follow the yobs because they were not wearing helmets and it was too dangerous," said Mr Foster. "They told me the force could be sued if the riders fell off mid-chase and hurt themselves.

"This softly-softly approach is totally ridiculous. It gives thieves a perfect way to exploit the law and steal as many bikes as they want without getting arrested."

Avon and Somerset police said that aborting a pursuit because the rider was not wearing a helmet was one of the "options available" to officers when "members of the public or the riders themselves could be put in danger".

"With regard to the incident on Tuesday, a decision was made to actively search for the stolen moped and inquiries to trace the offenders are still ongoing."

The Association of Chief Police Officers said: "There is no blanket ban on calling off chases where a rider has no helmet, however most forces will adopt similar stances."

Sharon Ball, a Liberal Democrat councillor in Bath, said: "There is a terrible bike theft problem in this area, and this crazy approach means the issue will just get worse."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml...0/nhelmet30.xml

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Avon and Somerset police said that aborting a pursuit because the rider was not wearing a helmet was one of the "options available" to officers when "members of the public or the riders themselves could be put in danger".

:ohmy: / icon8.gif

SO fucking what!?

Next it'll be "if they use a weapon, we might have to kill or injure them!" :mellow:

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I am buying a rifle and some tranq dart when I'm older and anyone who fucks with my property will be down for the count the second I find out. -__-

Then I'll run them over with my truck. xD

Why the tranquilizers if your going to run them over anyway?

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