Café owner involved in Richmond road rage apologises for his actions

Jason Wells, owner of a range of high-end cafes around South London, admits his actions were "unacceptable, regardless of the situation"

Warning: this video contains A LOT of swearing

The driver involved in a heated argument with a cyclist on Priory Lane in Roehampton has issued a brief apology for his actions, in an altercation in which he threatened to break the rider's neck.

Jason Wells tried to overtake the cyclist on the road towards Richmond Park on March 14 but took exception when the rider shouted at the close proximity of the pass.

The four-minute video, posted on May 30, sees both parties trading a volley of expletives before Mr Wells threatened to break the rider's neck and later said he'd kill him after he hit the back of his Land Rover.

Mr Wells, who trained as a master butcher and now owns a range of high-end coffee shops, said today that he was sorry for his actions.

“I would like to apologise for any offence caused,” he said. “My behaviour was unacceptable and regardless of the situation, I shouldn’t react like that.

“I fully appreciate that cyclists have as much right to the road as any other road users.”

The London Evening Standard report that Mr Wells, an Australian ex-pat, lives in a £3m house in Richmond and owns the chain of Brew coffee shops in south-west London.

Many cyclists took to Twitter to say that they would be boycotting Mr Wells's establishments in Clapham, Wimbledon, Putney and Wandsworth.

The Standard reports that Mr Wells refused to give a further comment when approached this morning. The Richmond and Twickenham Times say that Mr Wells voluntarily attended a police station about the incident but that he wasn't arrested and enquiries are continuing.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.