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Police quiz potential witnesses over Clarkson hotel bust-up

By PA Reporters

Police have spoken to potential witnesses to the fracas that cost Jeremy Clarkson his job at the BBC, saying they "have 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 Yorkshire hotel.

The 54-year-old presenter yesterday called on people to leave Mr Tymon alone "because none of this was his fault".

The producer has come under huge abuse from trolls on Twitter, including receiving death threats.

North Yorkshire Police said they had been contacted by "concerned members of the public", asking what action they were taking in relation to Clarkson.

The force said in a statement: "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.

"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."

Clarkson faces an uncertain future as reports suggest that his co-stars, James May and Richard Hammond, may leave the show alongside him.

All three presenters' contracts run out at the end of this month.

BBC director-general Tony Hall has made it clear he wants the programme to continue but May said he was considering his position and Hammond declared it the "end to an era".

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