Oxford man admits getting a bit irate

A former HGV driver has pleaded guilty to committing a public order offence, but told a court in Oxford that he was angry because he had been knocked off his bike by a bus.

Robert Lee, 33, admitted using threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, reports the Oxford Mail.

The court heard that Mr Lee approached and shouted at a female bus driver at the Water Eaton park-and-ride site on July 25.

Defending himself, Mr Lee said he was sorry for his behaviour but had been knocked off his bike by the bus when the driver tried to fit through a tight gap.

Lee said: “I tried to talk to her and she said she didn’t care and to report her.

“It was quite a serious thing to happen to me and it shook me up.

“I complained to the company and the bus driver was sacked, but she got her job back on appeal.

“She got a second chance so I’m just asking for one for me. I sincerely apologise to everyone.”

District Judge Tim Pattinson handed Mr Lee a conditional six month discharge. He was ordered to pay £35 costs and a £15 victims’ surcharge.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.