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Rider was reported to have raised middle finger at youth prior to incicdent in March

A court in Dublin has heard how a 17-year-old driver drove at a cyclist who had raised his middle finger at him, then chased after him and stole his bike.

The incident happened in Clondalkin in March, reports the Irish Times.

The teenager, who has not been named, pleaded guilty at Dublin Children's Court to theft of the bicycle and to dangerous driving, including speeding.

After an incident in which it was claimed the cyclist raised his middle finger at the motorist, the youth was said to have driven behind him in an "intimidating manner."

The cyclist, who was concerned about his safety, went onto a footpath, as did the driver, who continued to follow him in his vehicle and also pursued him into a housing estate as the rider tried to get away, then stole his bike.

The court was told that the youngster, whose mother and solicitor were had the hearing with him, did not have any previous convictions.

Sentencing will take place in November to allow time for a pre-sentence probation report to be compiled.

In the Republic of Ireland, as in the UK, 17 is the minimum legal age to drive a car.

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.