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Jeremy Clarkson: Police end 'fracas' inquiry

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Image caption Jeremy Clarkson was dropped by the BBC after the incident

North Yorkshire Police have said there is "no need for further action" against Jeremy Clarkson following an inquiry into the Top Gear "fracas".

The force said although BBC TV producer Oisin Tymon did not wish for police action on his behalf, it still had to make "routine enquiries".

It added that now all the interviews were complete, it "would not be pursuing this matter any further".

Mr Tymon was punched by Clarkson at a hotel last month.

The attack occurred following a row over a lack of hot food after a day's filming.

Mr Tymon suffered swelling and a split lip in the assault on 4 March and visited a hospital A&E department for his injuries.

The incident came to light after Clarkson reported himself to the BBC's director of television, Danny Cohen.

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Image caption Oisin Tymon worked on Top Gear for nearly 10 years before the incident

"North Yorkshire Police has now completed its routine enquiries following the incident at Hawes involving Mr Jeremy Clarkson," the force said.

"Last week... Mr Tymon said he did not wish the police to take action on his behalf. However, at that point we still needed to speak to some members of the public who were present at the time of the incident, who had been affected by the event, and whose views also needed to be considered.

"Now that all the interviews are complete, we have properly established that there is no need for further police action."

Clarkson was suspended by the BBC on 10 March before it announced on 25 March his contract on Top Gear would not be renewed.

More than a million fans signed a petition to reinstate the presenter, but BBC director general Tony Hall said "a line has been crossed" and "there cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another".

Top Gear is watched by some 350 million viewers worldwide and is one of the BBC's biggest properties - with overseas sales worth an estimated £50m a year.

The BBC has said the show will continue without Clarkson, however it is unclear whether co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond will remain.

Last week it was confirmed all three presenters will appear on stage later this year to fulfil a series of live shows planned before Clarkson was dropped.

The shows will be stripped of all BBC branding and content, and will be billed as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.

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