Angry driver fined for foul-mouthed rant at a cyclist

Mark Baldwin has been fined for his expletive-ridden rant at a cyclist in Pevensey. SUS-140409-164714001
Mark Baldwin has been fined for his expletive-ridden rant at a cyclist in Pevensey. SUS-140409-164714001
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An angry motorist who was caught on camera confronting an Eastbourne cyclist in Pevensey has been fined £505 for his foul-mouthed rant.

Mark Baldwin, from Longfield in Kent, was filmed reeling out a series of expletive-ridden insults and abuse to Eddie Bell on Eastbourne Road in March of this year.

The verbal altercation in which Mr Baldwin swore 25 times in just 35 seconds appeared to stem from a disagreement about the driver’s position on the road, namely stopping his car in a junction box designed for cyclists only.

Mr Bell, who organises the Eastbourne Cycling Festival, filmed the incident on a camera attached to his helmet and the clip soon went viral online.

The video, which shows Mr Baldwin pulling over his Jaguar and waiting by the side of the road for Mr Bell, also captures the driver hitting the unsuspecting cyclist on the head during the attack.

Mr Baldwin voluntarily visited a police station following the video’s publication on the internet and appeared at Hastings’ Magistrates’ Court on August 19. The 60-year-old pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour with intent to cause the victim to think violence would be used against him. As well as the £505 fine, he was ordered to pay £135 costs and victim surcharge.