Farmer convicted after pushing cyclists off their bikes during ride

Grant Shaw Stephen McKee was seen waving at the riders before pushing them into each other, knocking them to the ground

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A 53-year-old farmer has been convicted of pushing two cyclists off their bikes in Northern Ireland.

Grant Shaw Stephen McKee was walking along a pavement near Belfast when the incident happened on February 3.

He was seen waving at the two cyclists, before pushing them into each other and causing them to fall, the Belfast Telegraph (opens in new tab) reports.

The riders, Terry Nicoletti and Noel Boyce, are members of the North Down Cycling Club and were riding a weekend event organised by the group.

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McKee’s defence lawyer said the defendant had taken issue with the cyclists because the were “riding so close to him.”

The cyclists had seen McKee waving his arms as they approached, before he pushed one of them, who veered into the other, causing both to fall to the ground.

Both riders’ clothes were damaged, along with Mr Boyce’s bike causing around £250 worth of damage.

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One of the men also suffered grazing.

McKee, who is a farmer without a regular income according to his lawyer, was sentenced to pay £300 to each of the victims.

He was given a conditional discharge of 12 months for two counts of assault and two counts of causing criminal damage.

McKee later told police he was sorry and hadn’t intended to knock the men over.

The incident was described as "bizarre" by McKee's defence lawyer, who said: "He was walking on a pavement on Ballyblack Road, and took issue they were cycling so close to him."

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.