Students have been discovered dodging police fines handed out in a bike light safety scheme.

As part of the Lights on Bikes campaign, cyclists caught without bike lights are given the opportunity to avoid the £30 fine if they show police a receipt for new lights within seven days.

However, students have been attempting to return the lights to cycle shops after showing policemen their receipts. Although receipts are now stamped by police, bike shop staff have reported people trying to cut off the stamps in order to claim a refund.

Jim Tanner, of Bike Zone, in Market Street, Oxford, said, “We now refusing all bike light refunds.”

Last year, 159 people were killed or injured while riding bikes in Oxford. So far, 130 fines have been issued in the county.