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A Kent man dubbed Britain's angriest motorist has been slapped with a court fine after swearing at a cyclist 25 times – in just 35 seconds.
Mark Baldwin, 60, launched the foul-mouthed tirade against cyclist Eddie Bell, 38, who captured the jaw-dropping footage on his helmet cam.
Father-of-four Mr Bell was cycling on a country road when Baldwin, who lives in a multi-million pound property in Hartley, stopped in a junction box designed for cyclists only.
Mr Bell politely told him to move, but Baldwin got out of his £45,000 Jaguar XF and began an abusive rant – threatening to give him a "f****** decking".
The shocking incident, last March, saw Baldwin abusing Mr Bell 26 times during the one-minute video filmed from his headcam.
Mr Bell's video also captured the driver hitting him on the head during the heated exchange by the side of Eastbourne Road, in Pevensey, East Sussex.
Video: Driver Mark Baldwin's foul-mouth tirade caught on cyclist Eddie Bell's headcam
Mr Bell said: "I threw my arms up in exasperation at having to share the cycle-only box with a car. The driver wound down his window and started swearing at me.
"When the lights changed, he turned left and I carried on straight. A few minutes later he sped past me.
"About three miles up the street, I could see he had pulled in and was walking towards me."
Baldwin pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour with intent to cause the victim to think violence would be used against him.
The assault charge was dropped, but during his appearance at Hastings Magistrates' Court, Baldwin was fined £505, and ordered to pay £135 costs and victim surcharge.
During the video, Baldwin, of Church Road, is filmed launching into an expletive-laden tirade of abuse.
Mr Bell had only just got back on his bike after a horror crash in 2012 that left him with a shattered pelvis and two broken hips.
He said: "I'd never get into an altercation with a motorist, especially because I was so badly injured the last time I was knocked off my bike."
Speaking after the case, Mr Bell added: "Hopefully he will think twice about his actions in the future."
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