Tripped up by visit to barber’s

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BIKE thief Levi Matthews was rumbled the day he cycled to the barber’s – because the woman who owned the bike had taken her son for a haircut at the same time.

Tasmin Chapman left the £100 bike outside her home but it was stolen on June 25.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Matthews turned up when Ms Chapman and her son were at the barber’s two days later.

As mother and son walked out, Ms Chapman spotted her bike, summoned the authorities and Matthews was arrested while having his hair cut.

Matthews told police he found the bike lying on waste ground while walking to his mother’s address on Queen’s Road, Spalding.

The prosecutor handed Spalding magistrates a photograph of the bike and said: “It’s not something that would be thrown out by anybody.”

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Matthews found the bike about three hours after it was initially stolen. The chain was off, the back tyre was deflated and Matthews repaired it.

Miss Stevens said: “He appreciates this was not the behaviour of an honest person. An honest person would have taken it straight to the police station.”

Matthews, of Balmoral Avenue, Spalding, was given a nine-month community order and must do 50 hours’ unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £85 costs at Thursday’s hearing. Matthews admitted theft.