Road Rage Ninja Woman 2: The Director's Cut
Longer video with soundtrack shows incident in a rather different light
Additional footage posted to YouTube of an incident in the Gloucestershire countryside showing a black clad woman attempting to push a slow-pedalling cyclist off his bike, the subject of an appeal by local police as we reported earlier today, appears to cast events in a new light.
According to the video posted to the site on 17 April – it’s unclear if this is the specific clip that prompted the police appeal – the cyclist in question is a hunt supporter, deliberately riding slowly in the middle of the road to prevent a car containing hunt monitors from reaching the location where a hunt is taking place.
The video includes audio from the occupants of the car immediately following the cyclist, and it appears that he rode in this way for several minutes prior to the incident, along the way cycling past a passing place where, in ordinary circumstances, most cyclists pull over and let motor traffic past.
What the video does determine is that the woman who attempts to punch and kick the cyclist wasn’t in the first vehicle, whose occupants appear to be in radio contact with another person, and there’s no suggestion that she herself is known to them or indeed a hunt monitor.
The latter, who in the days before the Hunting Act would perhaps more typically have been termed hunt saboteurs, undertake monitoring of hunts on a voluntary basis to ensure that they comply with legislation banning the hunting of foxes with hounds, among other things, and there have been several cases of people associated with hunts being convicted of violence towards them.
The cyclist’s own action in this case, if the circumstances reported in the video are correct, are of course non-violent and certainly don’t excuse the actions of the woman in black; the background, however, including the length of time he rode at that pace and failure to stop at a passing place does provide context that help explain how the situation arose.
Thanks to road.cc user littlelegs for alerting us to the extended version of the YouTube film