Jeremy Clarkson in trouble again after flying drone near rare falcons

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Jeremy Clarkson has angered council officials after flying a drone in a rare bird protection area.

The former Top Gear presenter was shooting on the set of his new car show The Grand Tour when he was spotted flying a small drone.

Clarkson used the device on set at Beachy Head in East Sussex. Remote-controlled flying machines such as this one are banned in the area as it is known as a key nesting area for Peregrine falcons.

The rare bird of prey is the fastest animal on earth with a top speed of 242mph and are a protected species in the UK. Council chiefs are said to have complained about the stunt.

The 56-year-old is no stranger to controversy. Throughout his time on Top Gear he continually drew complaints from viewers. In 2004 the BBC was forced to pay £250 compensation to a Somerset parish council after Clarkson crashed a Toyota Hilux into a 30-year-old horse chestnut tree.

In 2008, he drew more than 500 complaints after making a joke about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes. A Member of Parliament in Ipswich, where five prostitutes were murdered in 2006, demanded Clarkson be sacked.

However, the BBC claimed it was a light-hearted rebuttal of a common misconception about lorry drivers, while the chief executive of the Eddie Stobart freight company defended Clarkson, saying: "They were just having a laugh. It's the 21st century, let's get our sense of humour in line."

The presenter's most recent transgression saw him lose his Top Gear job. He admitted to assaulting a member of the production staff after a shoot.