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Tonnes of compost dumped on Jeremy Clarkson's Range Rover by naked protesters in an apparent act of vandalism was actually a TV stunt, police have confirmed - with the star claiming that Ant and Dec were responsible.
On Thursday, there were reports that TV presenter Clarkson, who has documented his efforts in rural life in hit Amazon series Clarkson's Farm, had been targeted by vandals.
But the former Top Gear host has suggested the incident was actually down to Geordie duo Ant and Dec who he claimed were playing a prank.
He tweeted that "there was no protest of any kind at Diddly Squat farm shop yesterday" and later added "it was Ant and Lard c***ing about".
Petrolhead Clarkson, 61, and his partner Lisa Hogan were said to have looked shocked as naked protesters storming the land chanting "soil has feeling, Clarkson doesn't" before dumping tonnes of mushroom compost over his car.
But now it has been rumoured that Clarkson is the latest victim of an Ant and Dec prank for their series Saturday Night Takeaway, due to return in 2022.
Thames Valley Police tweeted: "Hi there, we would like to confirm that this was not a police matter as this was a television film crew filming actors in a protest scene. We were made aware of the filming in advance, and no offences have been committed."
In Clarkson's tweet, he included a link to a news report of the "vandalism" and captioned it: "All b******s. It was Ant and Lard c***ing about."
Ant and Dec are known for winding up celebs on their show, previously pranking the likes of Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsay.
During their last series, they also got Lorraine Kelly to sabotage her own show by giving her earpiece instructions to make strange comments to her Lorraine guests and yawn through interviews.
Clarkson's Farm has been a hit with viewers as the TV presenter learned how to work his own land at Diddly Squat Farm, mentored by local farming expert Kaleb Cooper who is often left frustrated by Clarkson's decisions.
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