Jeremy Clarkson: No further police action over 'fracas'

Jeremy Clarkson will face no further police action over his attack on a Top Gear producer at a hotel, North Yorkshire Police said today.

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Police: No further action over Jeremy Clarkson attack

Jeremy Clarkson will face no further police action over his attack on a Top Gear producer at a hotel, North Yorkshire Police said today.

Jeremy Clarkson will face no further police action Credit: PA

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon had his lip split in a 30-second-long assault on March 4 and took himself to hospital with his injuries.

Clarkson reported the incident to the BBC five days later and was suspended by the broadcaster on March 10 before it announced his contract would not be renewed.

North Yorkshire Police released this statement about its decision not to pursue any further action over the attack:

North Yorkshire Police has now completed its routine inquiries following the incident at Hawes involving Mr Jeremy Clarkson, and we will not be pursuing this matter any further.

North Yorkshire Police takes a thorough and victim-led approach to all investigations.

Last week, the person at the centre of the incident, Mr Tymon, said that he did not wish the police to take action on his behalf.

However, at that point we still needed to speak to some members of the public who were present at the time of the incident, who had been affected by the event, and whose views also needed to be considered.

Now that all the interviews are complete, we have properly established that there is no need for further police action.

– North Yorkshire Police

The star received widespread public support - including from his friend, Prime Minister David Cameron - in the aftermath of the "fracas" while one million people signed a petition calling for the BBC to reinstate him.

But director-general Tony Hall said "a line has been crossed" and that "there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another".


Top Gear executive producer denies he is quitting show

The future of Top Gear's presenters has been in limbo since Jeremy Clarkson was sacked. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA WIRE

Top Gear's executive producer Andy Wilman has denied reports that he has quit the hit show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson's sacking because of his long-term friendship with the presenter.

Yesterday Mr Wilman sent an email to staff on the show congratulating them on making "one of the most iconic programmes in TV history" which was widely reported to be a resignation statement.

Mr Wilman, whose friendship with Clarkson dates back to their school days, said: "The email I wrote yesterday was not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption.

"It was a private note of thanks to 113 people who have worked on the show over the years, but clearly one of those 113 is a bit of a tit, because they shared it with a website."

He added: "I don't get this modern obsession with sharing, linking, forwarding, retweeting. Whatever happened to a private moment?

"And if I were to resign, I wouldn't do it publicly. I'd do it old school by handing in my notice, to someone upstairs in HR.

Top Gear producer does not want to press charges

Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson during a row over food, has told North Yorkshire Police he does not want to press charges, his lawyer Paul Daniels has said.

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Credit: Press Association.

The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.

Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand.

Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC's stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.

– Paul Daniels, lawyer for Oisin Tymon

North Yorkshire Police said they are still investigating the incident. A spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing."


Police now involved in Clarkson investigation

Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked by the BBC. The Director General, Lord Hall said he was a "huge talent" but that distinctive voices couldn't be kept at any price.

The BBC investigation found he'd been involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a Top Gear producer.

As Nina Nannar reports, the police are now getting involved.

Alan Yentob says Clarkson's departure 'sad day for BBC'

BBC executive Alan Yentob says the departure of Jeremy Clarkson from the corporation is a "sad day".

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Yentob said Jeremy Clarkson has added "something very special to the BBC".

Clarkson takes to two wheels to escape photographers

Jeremy Clarkson has taken to his bike to get away from photographers as he left his home this evening. The former Top Gear presenter has yet to comment after being dropped by the BBC earlier today.

Quentin Wilson says Clarkson 'difficult to work with'

Quentin Wilson used to present Top Gear Credit: PA

Former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson says Jeremy Clarkson "is a very difficult bloke to work with".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's PM programme he said: "Jeremy is a massive global talent.

"He's a very difficult bloke to work with, but there is this obvious truth, isn't there, that success always interferes with talent.

"If you've got a global audience of 350 million people hanging on your every word, then that makes you detached from your sources. It's so sad that this is his requiem, if you like."

He added: "This was, whichever way you look at it, unacceptable behaviour. It's not right to whack someone on your team because you haven't had your dinner."

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