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Uproar at Top Gear car stunts

By Sally Wardle

Top Gear was not given permission to perform stunts on Whitehall during filming for the new series, Westminster City Council has said.

"No discussion" had taken place with producers about drivers performing wheel spins and the council was not aware the car would do anything "but drive down Whitehall", it said in a statement.

Co-host Matt LeBlanc and a professional driver performed stunts near the Cenotaph in London, but the motoring caper sparked an outcry. The BBC has said footage filmed near the war memorial "will not appear" on TV. The council apologised for "any upset that had been caused" and said it took requests for filming on Whitehall "very seriously".

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