Mo­torist made gun sign at BBC pre­sen­ter, court told

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A FE­MALE driver al­legedly made a gun sign at BBC pre­sen­ter Jeremy Vine af­ter threat­en­ing to knock him down dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with the cy­clist on a nar­row road, a court heard.

Shanique Syrena Pear­son, 22, is said to have formed a weapon with her fin­gers and cocked it at Mr Vine’s head as he pulled along­side her at a set of traf­fic lights, which he in­ter­preted as a “se­ri­ous threat”, Ham­mer­smith Mag­is­trates’ Court was told.

Pear­son de­nies mak­ing the threat, claim­ing in­stead to have put her mid­dle fin­ger up at the pre­sen­ter, who she thought was “a bit crazy” for fol­low­ing her af­ter their ini­tial row.

The al­leged ges­ture fol­lowed a charged al­terca- tion be­tween the pair, cap­tured by Mr Vine, 51, on the hel­met cam­era he wears for the com­mute from his home in Chiswick, west London, to BBC of­fices near Ox­ford Cir­cus.

The clip of the row in Horn­ton Street in Kens­ing­ton, west London, on Au­gust 26, was posted on­line by Mr Vine and has since been viewed mil­lions of times, he said.

The pre­sen­ter was cy­cling in the mid­dle of the nar­row road which had parked cars on ei­ther side, but stopped af­ter be­ing hooted at by the driver of a black Vaux­hall Corsa be­hind.

In the clip played to the court, a high-pitched voice be­long­ing to the fe­male driver screams “Why would you do that?” while she ges­tic­u­lates out of the car win­dow.

A male voice, that of Mr Vine, can then be heard ex­plain­ing that he needs a car’s width be­tween him and the parked cars to cy­cle safely on the nar­row street.

A host of swear words are then used by the fe­male driver.

JEREMY VINE: Posted a video of the row on­line.

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