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Sussex police have identified the driver of a Jaguar car who launched an expletive-ridden tirade at a cyclist and also appeared to punch him in a road rage incident earlier this month.

Cyclist Eddie Bell, aged 38, posted video to YouTube of the incident, which took place near Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, the weekend before last. He made a note of the vehicle’s registration number and passed it on to Sussex Police.

Quoted in the Argus, a spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “Police have the video and have identified the driver. They will be investigating this as an incident of public place violent crime.”

Here’s the video of the incident. With 25 swear words in 37 seconds, it’s very definitely Not Suitable For Work:

From what Mr Bell says in the description to the YouTube video, it seems that the driver may have interpreted what the cyclist says was “a cheeky wave” as an altogether more insulting gesture, although even so the reaction would strike most as being way over the top.

Mr Bell said:

This guy pulled into the green cyclist box on the approach to Pevensey Bay indicating that he was turning left so I gestured as if to say what are you doing this is a cyclist / motorcycle box to protect us from what you're about to do.

He wound down the window and spat some abuse and then sped off turning left towards Beachlands. I gave him a cheeky wave (not anything more) and cycled on towards Eastbourne forgetting about the matter.

He later passed me very close and drove down to Martello Road where he waited for me. I noticed that my go-pro was dead and this is when I got my phone out as I could see what was going to happen. There is no preceding footage as my go-pro battery had died.

I took the video on my phone as I thought it would deter the driver from over reacting. With a bike between my legs and one of my feet still cleated into the pedals, what more could you expect me to do?

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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pmr [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Leodis [413 posts] 2 years ago
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Auto Pause... No wonder he crapped his pants.

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Sub5orange [98 posts] 2 years ago
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Interesting behaviour on British roads, I had a teenager shouting similar abuse at me on Huddersfield road not that long ago. He was driving behind me for about half a mile beebing, even though there was no oncoming traffic and I was not cycling in the middle of the road. (at least not until his beebing got on my nerfs) So he could have easily overtaken me. I still have visions of what i wish (but probably would not have done) if the guy had confronted me like that.

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ratattat [53 posts] 2 years ago
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Who did he think he was ? Alan Ford or Ray Winstone ..definatly got his script from Guy Richie though  103

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mo55y [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes driver of the car for your info you are a wanker a complete wanker infact, he would of been eating cleat & picking up parts of his car too

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RedfishUK [147 posts] 2 years ago
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I think his brother must be driving the 760 TransDev bus from Leeds to Keighley last night.
Had a word with him after he came across the cycle lane to get round a right turning car.
He was out of his seat about to give me what for, until he noticed that three other cyclists had stopped to back me up...  4

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coldbeer [5 posts] 2 years ago
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Jeez those GoPros are clever things. They even run out of battery when there's a chance of recording something that might reflect badly on the owner.

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KiwiMike [1253 posts] 2 years ago
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Rather cross, isn't he? As he appeared to throw the first punch (and there looked to be witnesses to the fact, and his stance on the roadside was clearly premeditated), I'd like to think a subsequent chainring/cogset to the face and removal of his carkeys to the top of the nearest tree would have calmed things down and allowed time for the Police to arrive.

Of course, no-one wins a war.

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Cantab [101 posts] 2 years ago
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RedfishUK wrote:

I think his brother must be driving the 760 TransDev bus from Leeds to Keighley last night.
Had a word with him after he came across the cycle lane to get round a right turning car.
He was out of his seat about to give me what for, until he noticed that three other cyclists had stopped to back me up...  4

I hope you got a number plate, or at least an approximate time, combined with a half decent description of the driver it might be worth letting the company know. Both the driving behaviour and the response to your remonstration are entirely inappropriate and bring the company into disrepute.

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IanW1968 [289 posts] 2 years ago
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Predictably the comments in the local rag are supportive of the driver.

All this stuff will not stop until theres better education for all road users and the highway code is actually enforced.

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andyp [1473 posts] 2 years ago
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'Predictably the comments in the local rag are supportive of the driver. '

Not surprising, given that we only see one side of the story...

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OldRidgeback [2700 posts] 2 years ago
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Looks like the driver will be charged with assault.

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Chuck [583 posts] 2 years ago
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What is wrong with this guy? It really depresses me that there are people around who behave that way, and it depresses me even more to think that they might be in charge of a ton or two of metal.

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KiwiMike [1253 posts] 2 years ago
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andyp wrote:

'Predictably the comments in the local rag are supportive of the driver. '

Not surprising, given that we only see one side of the story...

W-T-***ACTUAL***-F has that got to do with it?

Would you mind clarifying what behaviour on the cyclist's behalf would justify (morally or legally, take your pick) this sort of reaction?

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mikecassie [43 posts] 2 years ago
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It scares me that there are people out on the road like the car driver. What get's into peoples heads to behave like Cavemen? Here's hoping he gets charged and the experience is enough to dissuade him from behaving like this in the future, but he might hate cyclists even more......

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md6 [181 posts] 2 years ago
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I genuinely don't know how i would react to that, my natural reaction would be to smack the silly c**t back twice as hard. But knowing how easilly i could be knocked over in cleats and over the bike, it would restrain me. I probably would've stopped by his car and waited for him to get back to it actually before remonstrating in the same manner...it just doen't get any better.
As for what happened, the driver clearly thinks he was called a wanker, as he repeatedly states on the video. So we have a version of his side of the story too, if that's all it takes to get him so very angry i worry for anyone else who meets him

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dafyddp [413 posts] 2 years ago
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This video illustrates why it's never worth getting into a spat - you just never know when you're messing with a psycho. Conversely, of course, I'd love to imagine the next cyclist this guy picks on is some pissed-off cage fighter that's just found out his wife's left him...

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bobcdc [22 posts] 2 years ago
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andyp wrote:

'Predictably the comments in the local rag are supportive of the driver. '

Not surprising, given that we only see one side of the story...

It's become more apparent to me a helmet cam or similar is a valuable device, particularly on certain routes, and this is a perfect example. I wear one daily on the bike commute.

What really shows how daft the driver is .. the cyclist is HOLDING a camera phone! You can't get more obvious than that unless a camera crew follows you around everywhere. The driver deserves everything he'll get, not only is he clearly a wanker, he is a stupid wanker.

In regards to those commenting in the local rag -- they're also the ones you need a helmet cam for.

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ribena [181 posts] 2 years ago
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Quote:

Jeez those GoPros are clever things. They even run out of battery when there's a chance of recording something that might reflect badly on the owner.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-world_hypothesis

Read the description...

Its filmed with a mobile phone, not a GoPro (hence the 'vertical' video)

The owner got the camera out when the he saw the driver waiting for him. He's not edited out anything.

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thelimopit [144 posts] 2 years ago
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ribena wrote:
Quote:

Jeez those GoPros are clever things. They even run out of battery when there's a chance of recording something that might reflect badly on the owner.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-world_hypothesis

Read the description...

Its filmed with a mobile phone, not a GoPro (hence the 'vertical' video)

The owner got the camera out when the he saw the driver waiting for him. He's not edited out anything.

I was just about to say much the same thing. If his GoPro's battery hadn't run out he could have still edited the footage to remove whatever happened before.

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Yorkshie Whippet [566 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm not quite sure why the cyclist stopped. Having made the point in wasting the drivers time, i.e. he's now stopped. I'd just carry on my merry way leaving the driver stood by the road looking silly.

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jacknorell [969 posts] 2 years ago
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KiwiMike wrote:

Of course, no-one wins a war.

Except, of course, the winner?

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don simon [796 posts] 2 years ago
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I had a young lad pull over, jump out of his car and stand in the road waiting for me. When I arrived, I stopped and straddled the bike for a bit of stability as he put his face in mine, just a couple of inches away.
"Did you call me a w***** because I drove too close to you?" He screamed at me.  21

Lost for words I was.  17

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andyp [1473 posts] 2 years ago
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KiwiMike wrote:
andyp wrote:

'Predictably the comments in the local rag are supportive of the driver. '

Not surprising, given that we only see one side of the story...

W-T-***ACTUAL***-F has that got to do with it?

Would you mind clarifying what behaviour on the cyclist's behalf would justify (morally or legally, take your pick) this sort of reaction?

'not surprising', not 'rightly so'.

This guy is clearly an absolute plank. But, what happened before could have been *anything*. You and I, as cyclists, know to probably 99% accuracy that it was almost certainly absolutely nothing. Others don't. So, some people are going to side with the driver in the absence of any evidence to the contrary. Human nature  2

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FluffyKittenofT... [1443 posts] 2 years ago
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thelimopit wrote:
ribena wrote:
Quote:

Jeez those GoPros are clever things. They even run out of battery when there's a chance of recording something that might reflect badly on the owner.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-world_hypothesis

Read the description...

Its filmed with a mobile phone, not a GoPro (hence the 'vertical' video)

The owner got the camera out when the he saw the driver waiting for him. He's not edited out anything.

I was just about to say much the same thing. If his GoPro's battery hadn't run out he could have still edited the footage to remove whatever happened before.

Was also about to observe that! Surprised the comment got so many recommendations when it really doesn't make sense - if there was something 'reflecting badly on the user' he could have just not mentioned the GoPro's existence at all - it appears to have played no part in the affair.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1443 posts] 2 years ago
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dafyddp wrote:

This video illustrates why it's never worth getting into a spat - you just never know when you're messing with a psycho. Conversely, of course, I'd love to imagine the next cyclist this guy picks on is some pissed-off cage fighter that's just found out his wife's left him...

I'm constantly puzzled by the way the crazy-aggressive types manage to avoid getting into conflicts with each other more often than they do. I think they must have some sort of organisation working hard behind the scenes to avoid such inter-nutter conflicts. They probably work out schedules and time-tables to ensure they don't cross paths too often. Or maybe they can sense each other's presence in some mysterious fashion?

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aslongasicycle [385 posts] 2 years ago
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Words he forgot:

Willy
Fanny
Poo
Bum
Norks
Wimblers
Flaps
Danglers
Bugger
Balls
Banjax
Biscuits
Starfish
Crisps
Fish
Merkin
C*ttlefish

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stealth [254 posts] 2 years ago
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Here's another word he forgot

Nobjockey

...he is just another 'road tax' freak, would be my guess.
Could be wrong.

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Beefy [381 posts] 2 years ago
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Don't think I would have been so kind to the old w@&ker c@nt. I think reasonable force could have been applied to prevent him further assaulting the rider.

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arfa [831 posts] 2 years ago
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Whatever happened before, this driver has clearly got anger management issues. The sooner there is a "fit and proper" caveat added to driving licences because mentally, this guy should not be on the road. If the rozzers can introduce a speed awareness course for speeding offences then surely it is time for an anger management course ? If you can't keep it together you shouldn't be behind the wheel of the car.
I hope this guy is made an example of. From the comments section it is patently clear this is needed "pour encouraged les autres".

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