Bitter blow for road-rage driver

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The beer expert Roger Protz was ordered to pay more than pounds 1,100 in fines, costs and compensation yesterday over a road-rage row with another motorist.

Protz, editor of the Campaign for Real Ale's publication What's Brewing, kicked the door of another driver's car after accusing him of endangering the lives of his children, St Albans magistrates were told. The furious 58-year-old freelance journalist caused pounds 380 damage to Malcolm Davies's Vauxhall Vectra during an angry confrontation which stopped rush-hour traffic in the city. He denied causing criminal damage.