Jeremy Clarkson’s young farm workers are having to take extra precautions due to the hostility from villagers.
The former Top Gear presenter’s new career in agriculture, which is documented in the Amazon Prime series Clarkson’s Farm, hasn’t gone down with everyone.
The Grand Tour host, 62, even decided to close his Diddly Squat restaurant after it was slapped with enforcement notices by the council.
Now, Clarkson is locked in a fresh battle with West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC), which opposes his plans to extend the car park on the Chipping Norton property.
And at the two-day meeting, to discuss the farm’s fate, earlier this week it was revealed that even Clarkon’s employees are suffering ‘abuse’ from locals.
On Wednesday, Annabel Gray, 32, who works on a catering trailer at Clarkson’s farm, said that 16-year-old workers on the farm have had to ‘wear body cameras’ as a precaution following ‘abuse’ directed at them by villagers.
Meanwhile, members of WODC have received ‘abusive death threats’ after they turned down Clarkson’s application for the extension.
The authority said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately we have had to take safety precautions following a number of threats and abuse directed at councillors and local people since the airing of Season 2 of Clarkson’s Farm.’
They added: ‘This has included death threats and as a result we have had to consider a range of safety measures to protect councillors, staff and residents.
‘We understand people may not agree with decisions taken by the council but there is no place for threatening or abusive behaviour.
‘It damages the democratic process when people feel intimidated and do not feel safe to express the opinions they are entitled to.’
The threats were reportedly made some time after the second season of the show aired on February 10.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Clarkson and WODC for comment.
Clarkson’s Farm is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
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