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Jeremy Clarkson 'abused' by furious stranger in the street for not wearing a face mask

The Grand Tour star, 60, today claimed “Britain is becoming very bitter” after he was accosted on the way to his local shop by a stranger. The TV presenter recalled forgetting to pack his mask, and was expecting to be “forgiven” for the simple mistake, however instead he faced a barrage of “profanities”.

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I forgot my mask

Jeremy Clarkson

He wrote in his column for The Times: “Britain is becoming very bitter for some reason. 

“Last weekend I went to the paper shop and remembered most of the things I now need for such a trip: spectacles, phone, hearing aid, tin of boiled sweets, gazetteer and a list of the papers I like to buy when I arrive. But I forgot my mask.

“In the olden days, when there was Enid Blyton and local bobbies gave apple scrumpers a clip round the ear, people would have forgiven a 60-year-old for making such a mistake. But not any more.”

Jeremy explained how a member of the public scolded him for seemingly ignoring the government’s advice as he went about his daily shop.

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Jeremy Clarkson, 60, has claimed that “Britain is becoming very bitter” (Image: GETTY)

The TV presenter recalled forgetting to pack his mask, and was expecting to be “forgiven” (Image: GETTY)

 The TV host continued: “A man leapt from his 10-year-old Toyota to do some remonstrating.

“‘Do you not need a mask because you’re on television?’ he bellowed. And he hadn’t finished. 

“In fact his lecture, padded out with much profanity, was so lengthy that I never got the chance to interrupt and point out that he wasn’t wearing a mask either. We see this sort of thing all the time.”

Jeremy currently resides in the Cotswolds with girlfriend Lisa Hogan and addressed the latest countryside furore against David Beckham.

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Jeremy explained how a member of the public scolded him for seemingly ignoring the government’s advice as he went about his daily shop (Image: WENN)

Jeremy, currently resides the Cotswolds with girlfriend Lisa Hogan, and addressed the latest countryside furore building against David Beckham (Image: GETTY)

The ex footballer and his wife Victoria Beckham recently submitted plans to upgrade his family’s Chipping Norton estate to include a pond in their garden.

Some of Beckham’s neighbours have opposed the building of the “heart-shaped” pond, as one wrote a letter to the council claiming they would be bringing “suburbia to the countryside”.

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The former Top Gear host defended the famous family: “David Beckham has neighbours who say he shouldn’t be allowed to make a pond in his garden because, ‘There are too many ponds round here already’. 

“They don’t actually mean there are too many ponds, because that would be a ridiculous thing to say. What they mean is: ‘We are disgusted that this man is so much richer and better-looking than us.’”

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The current government ruling is that everyone should wear a mask when they are going to the shops, or risk a £3,200 fine.

Jeremy recently claimed that there is a divide between the north and south of England on people wearing face masks.

The former Top Gear presenter, who was working in Manchester earlier this summer, alleged that in the hotel where he was staying, no one was “wearing anything at all”.

In England, all face coverings are now mandatory in enclosed public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and post offices.

However, Jeremy has said that people in Manchester were not “paying the slightest bit of attention” to the Government guidelines.

In a previous column, The Grand Tour host penned: “I’ve been in Manchester all week and it really is a case of, ‘Crisis? What crisis?'”

He continued: “People roar up to me all the time, flinging their arms round my shoulders and asking for a selfie. And they look genuinely perplexed when I ask them politely to back up a bit.

“At breakfast in the hotel where I’m staying, no one’s wearing a mask and in the city’s restaurants it’s business as usual.” 

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