A driver has denied deliberately crashing into a builder's van following an argument about work he had done on his house.

Amar Akhtar, aged 48, of Greenway in Chesham, pleaded not guilty to charges of dangerous driving and sending an offensive or menacing message at a hearing at Wycombe Magistrates' Court today (Friday).

Prosecutor Helen Gambrill told the court that the complainant in the case was a builder who had carried out work on Akhtar's home.

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She said: "The defendant was a client of the witness who was doing some building work on his house.

"He was not happy with it so he followed him in his van and deliberately collided with the van.

"He was not injured but felt he would have been seriously injured had he not taken evasive action."

The court heard that Akhtar was driving a Seat Toledo Sport when the collision took place. The offence is alleged to have occured on November 5, 2021.

Akhtar's lawyer Ms Ali told the court that this account was not correct, and it was her client who had been threatened by his builder.

She said: "The allegation is that he followed the witness but he didn't follow him.

"The witness approached the vehicle holding a tool in his hand so my client had to manoeuvre the vehicle and then went back into the lane to continue driving."

Akhtar has also denied a charge of sending an offensive or menacing message via public communication network to the same alleged victim on November 7, 2021.

After pleading not guilty, Akhtar is set for a trial at Wycombe Magistrates' Court on October 21. He has been granted bail until that date.