Clarkson offered producer a free punch at Hammond

JEREMY Clarkson asked Oisin Tymon to drop his complaint in exchange for punching Richard Hammond in the face.

After assaulting the Top Gear producer at a hotel and realising he faced the sack, Clarkson offered up Hammond in a bid to ‘put things right’,

A BBC source said: “Once Jeremy had calmed down he went back to Oisin and said ‘Hammond and May are in the bar, so why don’t we go through there and you punch Richard in the face?’.

“Oisin asked if Hammond had agreed to this and Jeremy said that no he hadn’t, but that he was sure he wouldn’t mind.

“Oisin declined and Jeremy then said ‘why don’t we both go through and I’ll punch Hammond in the face and say it was from you’.

“At this point Oisin just got up and walked away as Jeremy chased after him shouting, ‘You have to help me. I need people to see me driving really expensive cars’.”

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Builders distraught at Zayn leaving 1D

ZAYN Malik’s core fanbase of men working in the building trade is today in shock.

48-year-old bricklayer Roy Hobbs said: “He’s my favourite person ever. Why would he do this? One Direction is so over now.

“I just wanted to stay in my bedroom today and look at my Zayn scrapbook, but I had to come and build this house.

“All the lads are just heads down, silent and getting on with it. You could hear a pin drop.”

He added: “I blame Harry for hogging the attention and not letting Zayn be who he needed to be.”

Many building sites around the UK are empty today as workmen struggle to comprehend Zayn’s decision to leave the band.

Scaffolder Stephen Malley said: “Zayn was the best looking one and also the best dancer. Second best is Harry, and after that I would say Liam or Niall.

“When I heard what had happened I punched the side of my van so hard it made a big fist-shaped dent. Then I got a screwdriver and scratched a picture of a broken heart under it.

“I loved him.”