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Police demand apology over "misleading" reports

Police demand apology over "misleading" reports

Published at 8:05am 6th May 2015. (Updated at 6:22pm 6th May 2015)

North Yorkshire Police has demanded an apology from several national newspapers following reports about its handling of the Jeremy Clarkson 'fracas'.

The force has denied claims that it waited five days before telling the TV star he'd face no charges over the incident at a Dales hotel which led to his exit from Top Gear.

The reports have been described as "inaccurate and misleading".

In a statement, the force highlighted how it had sought to contact Mr Clarkson through his solicitors over the Easter weekend.

It claims a public statement was only issued an hour after receiving confirmation he'd been informed of the decision,

A spokesman from North Yorkshire Police said: "Recent media reports that North Yorkshire Police withheld or concealed a decision not to charge Mr Clarkson, or that Mr Clarkson 'was made to wait five days' before being made aware of the result of the investigation, are quite simply untrue.

"It is also untrue that we did not respond to calls for comment.

"The coverage is inaccurate and misleading, and we are contacting the publications concerned to request that they issue both a correction and an apology."