Skip to comments.Jeremy Clarkson launches attack on teenage thugs after hoodies ruin daughter's birthday
Posted on 12/06/2007 5:17:45 AM PST by UKrepublican
Jeremy Clarkson launches attack on teenage thugs after hoodies ruin daughter's birthday
Jeremy Clarkson was at the centre of a police investigation after grappling with a hooded teenager - and has hit out at the human rights laws that prevent teachers tackling the problem in schools.
In a typically outspoken attack, this time focusing his attention on the anti-social behaviour, the Top Gear star has said that "hoodies" are being allowed to run riot, and blamed parents for not controlling violent behaviour.
Approached by a group of youngsters outside an entertainment complex, the BBC presenter assumed they were fans of his motoring programme Top Gear.
But instead of asking for his autograph, the gang wanted to know whether he had any "security" with him.
When the famously outspoken presenter walked away, they followed him shouting taunts.
Clarkson then grabbed the ringleader by his hood, only to find he was being filmed by his friends on their mobile phones.
"I was actually thinking, "Jesus, I'm going to get done for assault if I'm not careful," he wrote in his newspaper column.
Police were called by a 14-year-old girl member of the group who claimed 6ft 5ins Clarkson had been abusive.
Officers viewed the mobile phone scenes as well as CCTV images from around the Xscape complex in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
They also spoke to witnesses and security staff.
They found the teenagers had been warned about their behaviour earlier in the day.
A spokesman said: "It became apparent that, if any offence had occurred, it was the man who was the victim."
Officers visited Clarkson's home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, that evening but he said he did not want to make a complaint or give a statement.
The incident happened on November 23 while Clarkson was waiting outside the complex for his daughter, who was having her birthday party inside.
He wrote: "I wasn't even remotely bothered when the swarm of children first approached.
"I figured they were fans of Top Gear and wanted to know about Richard Hammond's head. But no.
"What they wanted to know most of all was if I had any security."
Clarkson said he grabbed the ringleader by his hoodie "figuring that attack was probably the best form of defence".
He continued: "I lifted him off the ground and explained, firmly, that it'd be best if he went back to his tenement.
"He declined. They all did. In fact they all reached for their mobile phones and began to take pictures of the altercation."
At this point Clarkson realised the risk of being charged with assault.
"I therefore put him down, and in a flurry of swearing and hand gestures involving various fingers he was gone."
In his account of the incident, Clarkson described Milton Keynes as one of the country's "happy-slapping town centres".
He wrote in The Sun: "Plainly this boy's (the ringleader's) parents are useless, allowing him to be out and about on the streets, harassing passers by."
"Think about it. Every time one of these children is found stabbed or shot, his mum and stepdad always tell the papers he was "a good lad", and he "didn't deserve to die".
"Nobody ever says: "Well, if he was such a frigging angel, what was he doing on a derelict building site at four in the morning, you halfwits?"
The presenter then said that teachers were being undermined as they look to try and cut out the problems caused by unruly pupils.
"Children are at liberty to do just about anything because there is absolutely nothing the teacher can do. Not without being hauled out of the classroom by some frizzy-haired human rights lawyer, sacked and sent to prison.
"We can't rely on police - not without unpicking every single thing done by new Labour in the past ten years.
"So you fit airport style-style metal detectors at the doors to ensure no pupil is packing heat, you put all the troublemakers in one class and you give the teacher in charge immunity from criminal charges."
A spokesman for Clarkson said he was busy filming Top Gear yesterday and not available for comment.
Most probably won’t have heard of Jeremy Clarkson but he is a famous TV host - of a programme called ‘Top Gear’ whoch is basically a programme about cars - but it’s one of the best things on TV - It’s actually hosted by three sort of middle aged guys and is mvery popular even with people that aren’t paticuarly interested in cars.
He’s also famous for being fairly outspoken - probably the most outspoken voice against the global warming lobby.
I love Top Gear. He should have just kicked their rears and taken their cell phones.
Top Gear is a fantastic show. Those guys do some insane stuff and it’s almost always good for head scratching “wth?” moments and at least one good belly laugh.
gonna have to get one o’them “Clarkson for PM” tee-shirts :)
Cheers for Mr. Clarkson for standing up and speaking out!
The best defense is a good offense --- V. Lombardi..........
That’s a great book - it clarified a lot of things for me.
Well, many FReepers might not be so keen to visit there, because it is famous for something over here:
Anyway, I’m sorry you had a bad experience - which is what I would describe as yob behavior. Sadly there are so many of these little shites over here, and efforts to crack down on it are not having much of an effect.
Brighton is one of the nicer ‘resorts’ we have in the UK - a traditional coastal location here really, although there are many more.
I watched a news report from the UK that featured a 20 something year old guy who apparently was a local criminal type.
It was astounding to see this guy, he had the clothes and teeth of one of the “mtv type” rappers repllete with gold chains and the whole bit.
\It appears that hip hop culture and young urban fashion has been exported to the UK.
Yes, it really developed over the course of the late 90s and exploded into the 90s.
The ‘rock generation’ has ling expired, and has been replaced by a yobbo generation.
Honestly, people are sick and tired of it. It isn’t just the serious violent offenses, it’s lesser things like the experience a fellow FReeper described in this thread. A complete lack of respect or basic courtesy of others.
I always thought it was Mel, the cook from "Alice" who said that!
I don’t disagree with a single thing he has to say. As someone who grew up and went to school in the 1950’s, I am continually amazed at what todays kids are permitted to get away with.
Their trip to Miami and Alabama last season was a riot. Search You Tube for “Top Gear” + Alabama. (Not recommended for those easily offended & who still think the Civil War hasn’t ended)
Try youtube for “top gear” +”flying car” and enjoy :)
“Now that’s sport!”
Funny thing is UK, the whole gold teeth/3 girlfriends/pistol carrying “bust a cap” schtick is now passe’ here in the US just based on CD sales, that genre’s is losing favor.
And for me a gang of loudmouthed teens are liable to do anything, the gentlemen earlier was correct to feel uncomfortable when he was boxed in by them.
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