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Video: Driver tailgates BBC's Jeremy Vine then kicks out at him

Aggressive motorist in Kensington also made 'gun' with fingers and took aim at broadcaster...

Jeremy Vine, who from next month will be the host of the BBC TV show Crimewatch, got some first-hand insight of his new role while commuting by bike last week, filming an incident with an extremely aggressive driver who got out of her car and kicked out at him, then later mimicked aiming a gun at him.

The episode happened on Friday on a one-way street by Kensington Town Hall, Vine riding in primary position since the parked cars on either side of the road meant there was insufficient room for a car to safely overtake a bicycle.

The driver beeped her horn at him, moving up close to his rear wheel, and when Vine pointed out there was not enough room to overtake, saying "there's got to be a car's width," the motorist got out of her car, kicking out at him and telling the TV and radio presenter to "Get the f*ck out the road."

 Shortly afterwards, the woman got out of her car again at the junction with Kensington High Street, telling Vine to stop filming her car, before getting back in and making the shape of a pistol with her fingers, aiming a 'shot' at him.

Vine posted footage of what happened to his Facebook page, saying; "I hate to overload our hard-working London police with footage from my commute, but I feel the person you see on the tape will at some point hurt someone very badly - either with her car or in a direct personal assault."


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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