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Rowan Atkinson at the wheel of his McLaren F1 GTR sports car

Rowan Atkinson at the wheel of his McLaren F1 GTR sports car

Rowan Atkinson at the wheel of his McLaren F1 GTR sports car

Actor Rowan Atkinson has been discharged from hospital after a road accident.

Atkinson left Peterborough City Hospital via a back door flanked by four security guards, but did not comment.

Security guards escorting the star, who was in a wheelchair, tussled with a cameraman as he left in a Harley Street private ambulance.

Atkinson is believed to have suffered a shoulder injury after his high-performance car crashed on the A605 in Haddon, Cambridgeshire, on Thursday night.

The 56-year-old Blackadder and Mr Bean star was reportedly driving a McLaren F1 supercar when it spun around several times, ran into a tree and a lamppost and caught fire.

The actor is said to have walked from the vehicle and was with a passing motorist until emergency services arrived.

A spokesman for the actor confirmed he had been involved in an accident but said he would not be commenting at this stage.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman confirmed Atkinson was routinely breathalysed at the scene and she added that criminal charges are not being considered.

Atkinson, known to be a car enthusiast, recently topped the leader's board on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car contest. The star notched up the fastest time on the show, completing the circuit in 1 minute 42.2 seconds.

In a clip of the show uploaded on to YouTube by the BBC on July 22, Atkinson said people would "assume that in the reasonably priced car I will be very good when there's absolutely no guarantee of that whatsoever".

PA