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Giant 8ft sculpture of Jeremy Clarkson's leaves residents in Salford stunned

The giant sculpture of Clarkson dominates the front garden. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

A towering 8-ft high bust of the television presenter Jeremy Clarkson in a front garden has left Salford residents stunned.

The fibreglass sculpture was won by teenager Zohaib Alam, after entering a competition run by Clarkson's Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour.

Its now standing in his front garden after being lifted into place by a crane.

Zohaib, 15, entered the contest with Clarkson’s new motoring show The Grand Tour on behalf of his dad Zaheer.

But the family never dreamed they’d win.

The huge sculpture will remain in place on a wooden plinth in their small front garden as a publicity stunt for the next fortnight.

The youngster said it has raised eyebrows on the street.

Zohaib with his sculpture of Jeremy Clarkson. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

“My dad loves the show and I love those types of programme too.

"I tweeted the show after I saw the competition and suddenly I got a tweet back to ask if our front garden was big enough for Jeremy Clarkson’s head.

“I know Jeremy Clarkson has got a big head but we said it would fit after we found out the dimensions. It was amazing when we found out that we had won. It’s the first time we’ve won anything.

“Everyone came out of their houses when it was delivered. It was a bit awkward and people were taking photographs, but it’s only a bit of fun. I think the idea is that the heads will move around from place to place. Everyone on the street is talking about us and the statue and we want to thank them for their patience.”

– Zohaib Alam


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Lindsey Briggs and her late husband, Paul. Credit: Merseyside Police.

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Scott Quigg announces move to Los Angeles to team up with Freddie Roach

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Scott Quigg has teamed up with new trainer Freddie Roach and will train at the famous Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

The former WBA Super-Bantamweight World champion and current WBA Featherweight International title holder made the decision after consultation with old trainer Joe Gallagher and both parties have agreed to part company on amicable terms.

The 28-year-old said: “After six years of working together I announce my departure from Joe Gallagher.

“We have been a great team and achieved a lot and had some great wins together.

“I have moved up to featherweight with the goal of becoming a two-weight World champion and believe I need a fresh challenge to help me grow. Over the last few weeks I've been in America training and I'm delighted to announce I will be basing myself in Los Angeles at the Wild Card gym working under the guidance of Freddie Roach.

“This is an opportunity that I couldn't pass up and I believe this move and change will take me to another level. I'd like to thank Joe for everything he has done for me; he is a tremendous coach and friend, which we will remain. Our first fight together was for the British title and I went on to become world champion under his guidance and for that I will be forever grateful. I wish Joe and all the lads every success in the future.”

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