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Top Gear cleared in controversial car number plate row

By Sherna Noah

Published 29/05/2015

Diplomatic spat: Clarkson
Diplomatic spat: Clarkson

Complaints about the use of a controversial number plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands conflict on Top Gear's Patagonia special have been rejected by the BBC Trust.

The show starring Jeremy Clakson sparked a diplomatic incident in Argentina when its crew fled the country over the use of a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL.

The programme went on to form part of the BBC's Christmas schedule. Some complained they did not believe the car number plate was a randomly allocated number, but was a deliberate reference to the Falklands War.

They said the decision to air the programme as a "Christmas Special" was particularly offensive.

Belfast Telegraph

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