• Apr 4, 2011
Vandals on the Isle of Man tore down sections of a fence that runs around Jeremy Clarkson's £1.2 million vacation house. The vandals are likely angry about Clarkson's disruption of a public right-of-way that he said disturbed his privacy.

The Top Gear presenter has been in a legal battle with walkers on the Isle of Man for six years, after he diverted a footpath that he thought ran too close to his vacation house. The walkers say Clarkson obstructed a footpath he had no right to obstruct, since it's a public right-of-way. So far, the government has sided with the walkers.

The walkers started a group a few years ago called PROWL, Public Rights of Way Langness, to better fight the battle, but PROWL denies any knowledge and involvement in the vandalism.

[Source: The Daily Mail]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Power to the PROWL !
      Amazing how some people consider obnoxiousness attractive.
      Probably M. Jackson fans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont think this right exist in USA, but in most of northern Europe we have a right called "freedom to roam". So even on private land people can hike on your land as long as its not on cultivated land. So in most cases you are not allowed to put up a fence to keep people away. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are no freedoms to roam in the UK. However, public right-sof-way exist. These are usually centuries-old byways which cut across farmland or green belt property. If you own land which is intesected by a right-of-way, then walkers and ramblers can legitimately use it. Clarkson should have had this pointed out by the estate agent - they're legally obliged to make those disclosures. As a result I think this story is closer to media sensationalism than actual fact.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would anyone choose to own a vacation home on Isle of Man, instead of, oh I don't know, someplace with warm sunny beaches?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Taxes, like Bloke said. It's a Crown territory rather than being part of the UK, therefore the tax laws are very different.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why would anyone choose to own a vacation home on Isle of Man, instead of, oh I don't know, someplace with warm sunny beaches?

        Firest and foremost - it's a tax haven. The UK, like almost all countries, bases eligibility to income and capital gains taxation on residency. Only the US and Poland base that requirement on citizenship. There are particularly lucrative UK tax savings - especially with CGT - by owning an offshore residence.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are no speed limits on the Isle of Man.

        Plus, there is no capital gains, wealth, inheritance, or duty tax, with a maximum income tax bracket of 20%.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Why would anyone choose to own a vacation home on Isle of Man, instead of, oh I don't know, someplace with warm sunny beaches?"

        First and foremost - it's a tax haven. The UK, like almost all countries, bases eligibility to income and capital gains taxation on residency. Only the US and Poland base that requirement on citizenship. There are particularly lucrative UK tax savings - especially with CGT - by owning an offshore residence.

        • 3 Years Ago
        At least in the countryside, there are no speed limits on the Isle of Man, and there are some great driving roads. I think that's reason enough.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Caveat emptor.Mr. Clarkson.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe his worried about paparazzi.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As far as I'm aware the only part of the UK and territories with a right to roam is Scotland. The rest largely restrict you to historic Rights Of Way and Bridlepaths. these are normally many hundreds of years old and protected in law. To do so much as alter the course of these paths can often take court adjudications and public enquiries. Remember that when these laws were formulated the population relied on paths such as these for economically vital practices such as droving, hence their importance. To disregard the law as Clarkson has apparently done smacks of arrogance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr. Clarkson, you have a £1.2 million vacation home. May I suggest you build a privacy fence?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You didnt read the article. The first sentence talks about a damaged fence...
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would have been nice to see a map of where his house is, and where the path was before he moved it, since we don't know either way I think nobody should be judging him. Like someone said earlier, Clarkson has pissed a lot of people off, what go's around, comes around.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeremy must be thinking "damn GWIZZ & PRIUS drivers.."
      • 3 Years Ago
      ......Clarkson has a vacation home on the Isle of Man?

      I'm not a Brit, so bare with me, but isn't that an odd spot to vacation?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm assuming the PUBLIC right-of-way was there before Mr. Privileged bought his vacation home. If so, case closed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've never been fan of Mr Arrogance, but this is whart money and celeb status do. Sad...
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