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Motoring show Top Gear in the clear over 'pikey' gag

By Robert Dex

Published 28/07/2015

Controversy: Jeremy Clarkson
Controversy: Jeremy Clarkson

Controversial motoring show Top Gear has been cleared by Ofcom over the use of the word 'pikey'.

A representative of the Traveller Movement complained after a scene in which the show's now ex-host Jeremy Clarkson was seen holding a placard with the words Pikey's Peak while Richard Hammond drove a car up a mountain.

An Ofcom spokesman said: "We found that, while some would perceive the word pikey as a derogatory term for travellers, on balance there was sufficient context in the way the word was used.

"However, this doesn't mean the use of the word is acceptable in any context."

In its evidence, the BBC said the word also referred to someone who "lives on the cheap".

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