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Speed merchant Clarkson speeds into Limehouse hot water

PUBLISHED: 18:14 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010

LONDON - FEBRUARY 14: TV Presenter Jeremy Clarkson arrives at the BRIT Awards 2007 in association with MasterCard at Earls Court on February 14, 2007 in London.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

LONDON - FEBRUARY 14: TV Presenter Jeremy Clarkson arrives at the BRIT Awards 2007 in association with MasterCard at Earls Court on February 14, 2007 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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TOP Gear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson is in hot water after claiming he sped through the Limehouse Link tunnel in East London at 186 miles-an-hour. The car show host reached the shock speed more than six times the tunnel’s 30mph speed limit in a Bugatti Veyron supercar, he admitted

By Victoria Huntley

TOP Gear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson is in hot water after claiming he sped through the Limehouse Link tunnel in East London at 186 miles-an-hour.

The car show host reached the shock speed more than six times the tunnel's 30 mph speed limit in a Bugatti Veyron supercar, he admitted.

Clarkson, speaking at a festival in Wales, claimed he "got a great speeding ticket" in the tunnel, adding: "I think it was 186."

But the boast drove him straight into conflict with the road safety charity Brake, which later called on the BBC to sack the Top Gear star for his "offensive and irresponsible" comments.

The Limehouse Link tunnel opened in 1993 to tackle the increasing traffic between the new Docklands development with Limehouse and the City.

But in its first 10 years, some 18 people had been killed or seriously injured, making it one of London's casualty hotspots.

victoria.huntley@archant.co.uk


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