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Near Miss of the Day 559: Horse box driver gives cyclist the finger

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Northamptonshire...

A driver towing a horse box who seemed to be letting an approaching cyclist through on a road with parked cars along one side changed his mind, resulting in the rider being squeezed towards a stone wall, then gave him the middle finger for his trouble – that’s the main video in our regular Near Miss of the Day feature today.

The clip was sent in by reader Stuart, who told us that it happened last Tuesday – the time stamp on the video is wrong – as he was leaving the village of Charlton in Northamptonshire.

“The other side of the road had a number of parked cars, my side was clear,” he said.

“The driver towing the horse box made to pull in behind the row of cars and then changed his mind.

“As you can see on the video, he also felt that he could give me the finger gesture on the way past.

“There was another car which followed him as well. Luckily there was a space as I had nowhere else I could go.”

Stuart also sent us a second clip of an incident that happened on the road between Croughton and Charlton.

“This is a narrow road, the driver cut the corner and was oblivious to the idea that there may have been someone coming the other way,” he said.

“I haven't reported either event to the police,” he added.

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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