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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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BBC probe begins over Stig imposter

THE BBC has launched an enquiry after an imposter posing as top television star the Stig was snapped with a Furness man.

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AGREED TO POSE: Martin Perzylo with whom he thought was the Stig from Top Gear, at Forton service station

Barrow man Martin Perzylo was thrilled when he noticed what he thought was the Top Gear character driving down the M55 as he and his wife Leanne were returning from Blackpool.

He followed whom he thought was the prime time celebrity for about 30 minutes into Forton Service Station on the M6 in Lancaster.

The man, claiming to be the star, was travelling with a convoy of vehicles labelled with the logo Top Gear.

The imposter then posed for a photograph with the dad-of-two.

The BBC, which produces the hit show, has official discredited the imposter Stig and an enquiry has now been launched to find out his identity.

Mr Perzylo, who lives in Chester Street, said: “I was really chuffed to meet him. I told all my mates about it.

“I was driving down the M55 and when you are driving on a motorway you just don't expect to ever see anyone famous.

“The Stig pulled into Forton service station so I followed him. He got out of a Porsche and into a Range Rover.

“I was so close to him I really thought I was going to see his face.

“He began to take his helmet off, I saw the whole bottom part of his face when I called out.

“One of his bodyguards saw me and pushed the Stig’s helmet back on.

“I went up to him and he agreed to have his photo taken with me.”

He added: “I was really convinced that it was him, he had all the official branding. It will be really interesting to see what happens with the enquiry.”

Top Gear is a topical car programme presented by trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “It would appear there is an imposter going round pretending to be the Stig.

“An enquiry will be launched, we want to find out who it is.

“We do have a Top Gear live tour but it is not on until November.

“This man is nothing to do with the television programme.”

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