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Ex-BBC producer threatens family in road rage incident

Ex-BBC producer threatens family in road rage incident

Video footage has emerged and gone viral of top BBC producer Fergus Beeley lashing out at a fellow motorist and his family in a freaky incident of road rage.

At one point he can be seen telling a passenger "I do want you dead" before trying to force open his vehicle door.

The enraged man then points at each family member - including the young boy - telling them they are also under citizen's arrest.

What's more, it always produces iconic lines: the Zorro-esque "Put your hands on the auto and get ready to die" rivals "I'm Ronnie Pickering!" in the absurdist cringe stakes.

Mr Beeley worked with Sir David Attenborough on many projects including the landmark series "Life of Birds" and "Planet Earth - the future" for BBC, Discovery and NHK.

Video footage of the incident, shot by Simon's mother-in-law, showed the producer squaring up to him, telling him: "Put your hands on the vehicle and get ready to die, this is a citizen's arrest".

Mr Gale, of Wiltshire, said the family had been involved in a minor crash with another auto minutes earlier on Saturday and amicably exchanged details with the driver.

Dramatic footage shows Beeley losing his temper as he yells obscenities at Victoria Baumont before declaring: "You are under a citizen's arrest".

After Louise says, "you said you want us dead", he replies: "I do want you dead, in fact I want you dead right now".

When the witness asks Mr Beeley why he is involved, he claims he was just "trying to stop a death on the motorway".

Turning to a bystander who asks him to calm down, Beeley shouts: "I'm not going to quieten down because I'm telling the judge and the police officer that these guys should be done for assault and risky driving".

Beeley and the BBC are yet to respond to the incident.

Beeley, from Badminton, studied anthropology at the University of Durham after spending his year overseas working with the Pitjantjatjarra tribe in Central Australia, his website states.

"This auto pulled across into our lane and hit our auto - our whole auto moved and we nearly got knocked into the outside lane", Simon Gale, driver of one of the vehicles, told the Daily Mail.

Mr Gale claims Beeley grabbed hold of him around the throat and "raised his fist in a threatening manner".

"It was quite a scary thing", Mr Gale told The Plymouth Herald.

A spokesperson said: "The incident involved a Mazda 3, a Peugeot 107 and a Skoda Octavia".

When police arrived at the auto park near Southampton, nobody was taken into custody, but assault allegations by both men were recorded.

Advice was given to both parties and they were told the two assaults would be recorded and filed.

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