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could be head­ing for MORE trou­ble af­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tions watch­dog Of­com con­firmed it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint over the use of the word “pikey”.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Trav­eller Move­ment com­plained af­ter a scene in which the show’s now ex-host Jeremy Clark­son was seen hold­ing a plac­ard with the words “Pikey’s Peak” while Richard Ham­mond drove a car up a moun­tain.

It comes af­ter a sim­i­lar com­plaint was lodged with the BBC but not up­held.

A BBC Trust rul­ing in March cleared Clark­son of racism, say­ing the word had been used to mean “cheap”, rather than as a racist term.

Speak­ing at the time, a spokesman for the Trav­eller Move­ment said they were “hor­ri­fied” by the “BBC’s green-light­ing of the use of the word”.

It is not the first time the con­tro­ver­sial show has run into trou­ble.

Clark­son was forced to apol­o­gise when footage emerged of him mum­bling the n-word while recit­ing the chil­dren’s nurs­ery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”.

The show was also found to have breached broad­cast­ing rules af­ter Clark­son used the word “slope” as a racial term. And last year the show’s crew were forced to flee Ar­gentina af­ter mak­ing ref­er­ence to the Falk­lands con­flict by us­ing a car with the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber H982 FKL.

A spokesman for the Trav­eller Move­ment wel­comed the de­ci­sion to in­ves­ti­gate the lat­est com­plaint.

He said: “When the BBC Trust ruled that the word ‘pikey’ meant cheap and dodgy, it was clearly the trust that was be­ing a bit cheap and dodgy.

“How can you work for un­der­stand­ing when racist abuse is seen as funny by a na­tional broad­caster paid for by the public?”

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