Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Jeremy Clarkson loses Isle of Man land dispute

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Media captionThe dispute was over a footpath outside Jeremy Clarkson's home

Jeremy Clarkson has lost a legal battle in a dispute over public access to a path near his Isle of Man home.

The Top Gear presenter and his wife, Frances, claimed having a public path so close to their lighthouse property breached their human rights.

A court judgement in the Isle of Man on 26 April ruled against the claim.

Deemster David Doyle came down in favour of the "rights and freedoms" of the general public to walk in the Langness area.

The ruling said that although everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, the footpath would remain in place as recommended in a recent public inquiry.

The probe came after ramblers complained Mr Clarkson had diverted a path on the Langness peninsula in the south of the Isle of Man.

Inquiry inspector Roy Hickey found "strong and persuasive evidence" had been put forward by members of the public that they had the right to use the path.

He said all of the paths on Langness, apart from five, should be dedicated as public rights of way.

Mrs Clarkson said the couple would not be making any comment about the decision.

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