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Death threats against BBC chief
29 Mar 2015 16:04
British police are investigating death threats against BBC Director General Tony Hall, following his decision to drop popular Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
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Scotland Yard police headquarters confirmed it was examining allegations made on Wednesday, when Mr Hall confirmed Clarkson's contract would not be renewed at the end of March after he hit a producer.
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"Police in Westminster (central London) are investigating an allegation of threats to kill. The allegation was reported to police on Wednesday," a spokesman said.
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"Inquiries continue. No arrests have been made", he added.
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The Mail on Sunday newspaper said Mr Hall's home had been under 24-hour guard since the threat was received.
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More than a million people have signed a petition calling for Mr Clarkson to be reinstated.
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His contract was not renewed after an internal BBC investigation found he physically attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon following a lengthy verbal tirade, reportedly because the presenter was annoyed at a lack of hot food after a day's filming.
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The 30-second attack saw Mr Clarkson strike the producer, giving Mr Tymon a swollen, bleeding lip.
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The outspoken presenter, 54, flagged the incident to the BBC after Mr Tymon took himself to hospital.
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Mr Clarkson's departure will have financial implications for the BBC, as its commercial arm BBC Worldwide earns around €70m a year from the show.
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