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Jeremy Clarkson Credit: PA Wire

North Yorkshire Police have spoken to potential witnesses to the fracas which cost Jeremy Clarkson his job at the BBC, saying the force has "a duty to investigate" what happened.

Clarkson's Top Gear contract has not been renewed by the BBC after an internal investigation found he attacked show producer Oisin Tymon after an angry - and lengthy tirade - in a hotel in the county.

In a statement, the force said they had been contacted by "concerned members of the public" asking what action they were taking.

A spokesman said: "No-one who was present at the hotel during the incident came forward to report an offence to the police. Nonetheless, we have a duty to investigate where we believe an offence might have been committed, and that is what we have been doing with this case.

"We have already spoken to some people who were in the hotel at the time, but there are still others we need to speak to, who could help us to determine exactly what happened.

"Also, as is usual in these circumstances, we have made contact with Mr Tymon through his lawyers, to ask him to speak to us so we can ascertain how he wishes to pursue this matter.

"When these routine inquiries are completed, we will be able to assess whether or not further action needs to be taken from a police perspective.

"Meanwhile, we'd like to reassure the public that the matter is in hand, and we dealing with it responsibly and proportionately."

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Jeremy Clarkson dropped by BBC over North Yorkshire attack

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed, the BBC has announced.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said the decision had been taken with "great regret".

He said: "It is not a decision I have taken lightly."

Jeremy Clarkson subjected BBC producer Oisin Tymon "to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack" at a North Yorkshire hotel, an investigation found.

Tymon was struck by Clarkson, which resulted in swelling and bleeding to his lip, a report into the incident at Simonstone Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire found.

The attack lasted around 30 seconds and only stopped when a witness intervened, the report found.

The report said "verbal abuse was directed at Oisin Tymon on more than one occasion - both during the attack and subsequently inside the hotel - and contained the strongest expletives and threats to sack him. The abuse was at such volume as to be heard in the dining room, and the shouting was audible in a hotel bedroom."

Following the attack, Tymon drove to a nearby A&E department for examination.

Clarkson made a number of attempts to apologise to Tymon in the days to follow and reported the incident to BBC management.

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall said "no blame" was attached to Mr Tymon, who, he said, "behaved with huge integrity throughout".

North Yorkshire Police asks BBC for its Clarkson report

Jeremy Clarkson

North Yorkshire Police says it has asked the BBC for its report on the Jeremy Clarkson incident.

In a statement the force said: "North Yorkshire Police is liaising with the BBC regarding the alleged incident in North Yorkshire involving Jeremy Clarkson.

"We have asked the BBC for the report which details the findings of their internal investigation into the matter.

"The information will be assessed appropriately and action will be taken by North Yorkshire Police where necessary."

Today's report said Jeremy Clarkson subjected BBC producer Oisin Tymon "to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack".

It said Tymon was struck by Clarkson, which resulted in swelling and bleeding to his lip, at Simonstone Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire found.

The attack lasted around 30 seconds and only stopped when a witness intervened, the report found.

Comedy star Sarah Millican to play Whitley Bay

Sarah Millican

North East comedy superstar Sarah Millican has announced that she will take to the stage at the Whitley Bay Playhouse.

It will be the smallest venue as part of her 'Outsider' tour, with 633 tickets due to go on sale this Friday.

In just seven years the South Shields lass has gone from winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to becoming one of the UK’s most successful and multi-award-winning comedians.

She also holds the record as the highest selling female comedian in the DVD market.

Her Whitley Bay gig is scheduled for November 17th.

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