Road rage: Shocking video shows driver screaming, swearing and banging on woman's windscreen

Woman's daughter says the man had made "a grown woman terrified"

Watch: Road rage motorist screams abuse at female driver near petrol station

This is the shocking moment a man bangs on a female driver's windscreen and screams abuse at her in a suspected road rage incident.

The incident was caught on camera outside a petrol station in Bournemouth, Dorset, last month.

Police have confirmed they are investigating but no arrests have been made.

In the video, filmed by the woman from inside her car, the man swears and screams at her and bangs her stationary car's windscreen.

He also argues with another man behind the woman's car who is out of the camera's view.

The video was posted on Facebook by Becky Ryan, who wrote: "Anyone know this vile, disgusting, pathetic excuse of a human who decided to verbally abuse my Mum at Tesco Bournemouth Castle Lane Petrol Station last Friday?"

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A man was caught on camera in a suspected road rage incident in Bournemouth, Dorset. (Facebook/Becky Ryan) (Facebook/Becky Ryan)

In the video, the man can be heard swearing and calling her a "bloody annoying woman".

In an argument with the other man, he says: "Yeah alright, I just wanted to make my point."

He then swears at them again before walking away only to return and carry on hurling out insults.

The clip was posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, by BBC radio presenter Jeremy Vine.

Ryan said on Facebook that the man had made "a grown woman terrified".

She also thanked the "gents" who helped her mother get away from the man.

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Police say they are investigating the alleged incident. (Facebook/Becky Ryan) (Facebook/Becky Ryan)
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The man is seen in the clip approaching the car of a woman driver. (Facebook/Becky Ryan) (Facebook/Becky Ryan)


A spokesman for Dorset Police told Yahoo News UK: "On Friday 25 August at approximately 11.40am, officers responded to a call from a member of the public following a public order and criminal damage incident at Tesco petrol station on Castle Lane, Bournemouth.

"It is reported that the man stepped out of his vehicle, verbally abused the victim and punched the windscreen of the victim’s car.

"The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have yet been made."

It is not clear what altercation between the pair had occurred before or after the filming began.

Is road rage a crime in the UK?

While there is no specific offence of road rage, it can include criminal behaviour.

West Midlands Police says that if someone has shouted at or sworn at or made abusive gestures towards a driver, then this could be considered a crime.

However, in most cases, the force says, "it is very unlikely that a prosecution will take place due to the lack of independent witnesses".

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There is no specific criminal offence of 'road rage', but it can include criminal behaviour. (File photo: Getty Images) (Antony Robinson via Getty Images)

But police say that if someone has made a "genuine threat of violence" then this could be considered as assault.

In addition, if someone is pushed, punched or kicked because of something that happened while driving, then this could also constitute assault.

If a road rage incident leads to someone deliberating damaging a vehicle, then this counts as criminal damage.

Someone in a road rage incident can also be found guilty of a motoring offence such as careless or dangerous driving.