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Boy left stranded by police as punishment for not wearing a helmet

Police on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia deflated the tyres of a bike belonging to a 15-year old boy and made him walk the 3km home as punishment for not wearing a cycle helmet.

Assistant Police Commissioner Ross Barnett said officers who found the boy riding without a helmet at Sippy Downs on Saturday could have handled the situation differently. He said the officers had been trying to avoid fining the boy, and at the time considered it appropriate to order him to deflate his tyres and make his own way home. "But on reflection they probably could have done something a little bit differently," Mr Barnett told ABC Radio.

However, many Queenslanders supported the police action.

Mon 8 Nov 2010

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