Paddy McGuinness left looking a fool after crashing replica of iconic TV van

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TV presenter Paddy McGuinness has been called a 'plonker' by the owner of a replica Only Fools and Horses Reliant Regal van, after he crashed the vehicle into a wall – causing £2,000 worth of damage.

The van's owner, Martyn Bridges, says he's still not received an apology from McGuinness, having rented the vehicle out for a show he was presenting – The Greatest TV Moments of All Time. Bridges told The Sun of the moment McGuinness crashed the vehicle, one of only 158 left on UK roads.

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"He seemed to be going a bit fast and didn't look like he was braking," said Bridges.

"I heard a massive crunch as he steered my van into a wall. My stomach sank.

"Paddy made a joke of it and said, 'Cor, the brakes on that thing don't work.' He's a right plonker, but he's never apologised."

Bridges, who also owns a replica A-Team van, said the repairs cost £2,000. Luckily, the Reliant Regal consists of a separate chassis and fibreglass body – making repairs to the shell simple and undetectable once finished.

The production company behind The Greatest TV Moments of All Time, Hungry Bear Media, has since paid for the repairs to Bridges' vehicle.

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