Cyclist threatened bus driver after being knocked off his bike

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A CYCLIST told a judge he committed a public order offence because he was angry at being knocked off his bike by a bus.

Robert Lee, of Champion Way, Littlemore, Oxford, 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.

Sarah Mackay, prosecuting, said the 33-year-old approached and shouted at a female bus driver at the Water Eaton park-and-ride site on July 25.

The former HGV driver defended himself during the hearing at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He told the court he was sorry for his behaviour, but had been riding his bike when the bus driver tried to fit through a tight gap and knocked him off.

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.”

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District Judge Tim Pattinson gave Lee a six-month conditional discharge and told him to pay a £15 victims’ surcharge and £35 costs.

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