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Gloucestershire motorist Dean Goble jailed for driving head-on at cyclists

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Media captionFootage of Dean Goble "deliberately" driving head-on at three cyclists was captured by a helmet camera

A motorist who deliberately drove head-on at two cyclists trying to force them off the road has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Dean Goble, 40, of Siddington in Gloucestershire, insisted he was avoiding potholes and also blamed his brother for the incidents in 2014.

A Swindon Crown Court jury found him guilty of two out of three counts of dangerous driving.

Helmet camera footage of one of the incidents was shown during the trial.

Sentencing him, Judge Tim Mousley told Goble his actions had been "typical of an aggressive and bullying nature".

He said his speed was an "aggravating feature" and the fact no-one was hurt was "a matter of luck rather than any judgement on your part".

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Image caption Dean Goble was found guilty after a trial in Swindon

The jury convicted Goble of deliberately swerving at cyclists David Jones and Jeremy Maiden in his V-reg Peugeot 206 hatchback car.

The incident with Mr Jones happened on 30 April 2014 on Ashton Road in Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, and with Mr Maiden on 7 May 2014 on an unclassified road between Ewen and Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

A camera mounted on Mr Jones's helmet recorded the incident and the footage was shown to the jury.

Goble was cleared of driving at another cyclist, Amanda Adams, in May 2014 on High Road in Ashton Keynes.

Following the trial, Sgt Barrie Card, of Wiltshire Police, said: "Dean Goble had no respect for the safety of these cyclists; his dangerous and irresponsible actions could have killed one of these innocent people or, at the very least, seriously injured one of them.

"Today's verdict is a welcome one and sends out the message that Wiltshire Police will catch you if you endanger the lives of other road users and drive like this."

Goble was also disqualified from driving for two years.

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