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Thief who aimed car at south London cyclists pleads guilty

Shane Seymour admits dangerous driving, car theft and driving while disqualified in connection with incident in August

A man who was filmed driving a stolen car at a group of cyclists in south London has pleaded guilty to a series of charges, including dangerous driving.

Appearing yesterday at Inner London Crown Court by videolink, Shane Seymour, aged 25 and from Southwark, also pleaded guilty to the theft of a car and driving while disqualified as well as two counts of burglary, reports  BBC News.

The incident began at a set of traffic lights outside Clapham North Underground station on the morning of 1 August, with Seymour subsequently swerving aggressively towards cyclist Dave Clifton, who captured the footage.

At another set of traffic lights between Clapham and Vauxhall, Seymour threw objects from his car – a black Audi with false licence plates – while yelling at them.

Further up the road, he turned into a side street, causing one cyclist to come off his bike although that was not caught on camera, then repeatedly drove towards a group of riders who had stopped to lend assistance.

Seymour could be heard shouting, “It’s a stolen car,” and it was only when an unmarked police car arrived at the scene that Seymour made off.

He was arrested almost three weeks after the incident following a police appeal.

At yesterday’s hearing, Seymour also pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary as well as four other counts of dangerous driving, four counts of driving while disqualified and two counts of theft.

BBC News says that none of those charges relate to the incident that happened in Clapham, and that Seymour is due to appear again at the same court on 4 February next year.

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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