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Top Gear host 'can't get insured'

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Following his life-threatening jet-powered dragster crash three years ago, Top Gear host Richard Hammond says he is finding it difficult to get travel insurance for a Christmas skiing holiday.

The injury-prone star - known as Hamster - now says an ankle injury he picked up while running in woodland has left him struggling to get cover.

He told Absolute Radio that his history meant insurers were already reluctant to take him on.

"I twisted my ankle so the holiday insurers say we can't insure you," he said.

"It is always a tremendous moment - say the name Richard Hammond, long pause, "any accidents in the last ...?" yes, all right, yes there have been."

He added: "I'm collecting rubbish ailments. I've had kidney stones, they're not very heroic. Athlete's foot, that's a puller. Hernia, oh yeah. Now I've twisted my ankle. None of them are the kind of things you lean on at parties."

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