Clarkson case against walkers fails

Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has failed to stop walkers using a footpath near his holiday home.

A public inquiry followed the car show presenter's decision to shut off a section of the coastal path near his lighthouse property on the Isle of Man.

He claimed some ramblers were looking through his window and taking photographs, but the inquiry ruled against him after fierce opposition from pressure group Public Rights Of Way Langness (Prowl).

Clarkson has been given 28 days to object to the ruling over the section of path along the Langness peninsula.

Prowl argued that walkers had followed the route for generations and it met legal requirements that the path has been used by the public without interruption for at least 21 years.

Lawyers for Clarkson countered that there were no rights of access and that walkers had only been allowed by permission of the landowner.

Clarkson's wife, Frances, told the inquiry that a small number of walkers were also abusive towards their family because of her husband's public profile.

She reportedly said they would sell their luxury hideaway home if the inquiry ruled in favour of the access campaigners.

In his report to the Isle of Man government at Tynwald, transport minister David Anderson agreed with a recommendation from inquiry inspector Roy Hickey that all of the paths on Langness, apart from five, should be dedicated as public rights of way.

The new rights of way do not include a concrete path near the lighthouse perimeter wall where the Clarksons said people were taking photographs.

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