Doncaster's Jeremy Clarkson slammed by police after grumbling about road closure following fatal crash

Motormouth Doncaster TV star Jeremy Clarkson has been blasted by police after grumbling about a road being closed due to a fatal accident.

Monday, 10th June 2019, 9:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th June 2019, 12:15 pm
Doncaster motoring host Jeremy Clarkson.
Doncaster motoring host Jeremy Clarkson.

The star faced a backlash on Twitter after complaining about a road being closed in Hammersmith, London which had earlier been the scene of a fatal accident in which a pensioner died.

The former Top Gear and current Grand Tour presenter was frustrated by the closures on Friday, after collision involving several cars.

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The Metropolitan Police confirmed that three men had been arrested after one man, a 70-year-old pensioner, was killed at the scene.

Expressing his annoyance, Jeremy tweeted hours after the crash: ‘Dear The Police, I know it was a nasty crash in Hammersmith last night but how can it take this long to re-open the road?’

The borough of Kensington & Chelsea responded to Jeremy’s complaint, apologised for the inconvenience caused and explained the gravity of the incident due to the man’s death. They tweeted: ‘Hi Jeremy, we’re sorry this may have caused delay to your journey. Due to the serious nature of the collision, our collision investigation team have to carry out a full forensic investigation which can take time. ‘This is so we are able to provide accurate evidence at court.’

The Roads Police Unit (Traffic) for Surrey Police replied: ‘[email protected] i believe you have had a number of invitations to join a Roads Policing Team for a shift. Please add our name to the list. When it comes to life changing or fatal collisions there is often a lot more to dealing with them than you think.’

Similarly, West Midlands Police said: ‘We would like to extend an invitation for you to come out on patrol with us for a shift – so you can see, first hand, what we have to deal with.’

One woman, who claimed to have witnessed part of the collision told the star: ‘I saw the fatal crash seconds after it happened and it was horrific. Bits of car and glass all down the A4. All evidence.’

He replied: ‘I’m sure it was terrible. But once the injured are sorted, the number one priority is opening the road. Blame is irrelevant.’