Jeremy Clarkson targeted by Ant and Dec as ‘vandalism’ on farm is confirmed to be a prank
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Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has become the latest celebrity to fall victim to a mischievous prank carried out by Ant McPartlin, 45, and Dec Donnelly, 46. The “vandalism” that was spotted at the star’s Diddly Squat Farm this week has now been confirmed to be part of a practical joke, which will air on ITV show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Some fans had already started speculating on a Facebook group dedicated to Jeremy’s hit Amazon Prime series Clarkson’s Farm that the cheeky presenters were behind the graffiti seen at his farm shop in West Oxfordshire.
The eagle-eyed social media users started to figure it out, as they had spotted filming crews from ITV at the site.
Ant and Dec are notorious for pulling pranks on unsuspecting stars to entertain their viewers and it has now been confirmed that Jeremy was their latest target.
Addressing the graffiti, Thames Valley Police revealed they had received “no reports” of vandalism.
They also told OxfordshireLive: “This was not a policing matter, but was filming that was pre-planned and that we were made aware of.”
Jeremy also spoke out on the matter after confusion ensued surrounding the pictures of the graffiti.
He took to Instagram this afternoon and shared an image showing news publications who had picked up on the story, assuming the graffiti had been carried out by “eco-warriors”.
Jeremy wrote in view of his four million followers: “It was Ant and Lard c**king about.”
Pictures of the supposed “vandalism” at the farm included several small tents set up on the site.
A sign was also present that read: “No more seeds, no more toil, keep your tractors off our soil.”
Onlookers had spotted that the presenter’s Land Rover was caught up in the situation.
Jeremy’s girlfriend Lisa Hogan was also seen speaking to people who had arrived.
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Several people were pictured standing around the star’s popular Farm Shop, which has become a tourist destination due to the popularity of his Amazon Prime show.
However, business being fruitful for Jeremy has come at a price, as traffic has sparked complaints from locals.
The host recently had what he described as a positive meeting with locals, as he shared an update on his plans for the farm.
He had told them a few weeks ago that he was planning on building a restaurant on the site.
Many of the villagers agreed with his idea, according to the star.
Writing in a recent column for The Sunday Times, he shared how he now has to win over the council.
He penned: “It was a (mostly) polite battle between the red-tractor movement and the red trousers and I think I did quite well.”
He continued: “Certainly they didn’t make a wicker man of me afterwards.
“Maybe that’s why some people call me Boutros Boutros-Clarkson.”
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