DEFENCE officials would have banned Top Gear filming at an Army barracks if they had known the crew planned to pull stunts at the Cenotaph, a senior source said today.
Telly host Matt LeBlanc and stunt driver Ken Block were snapped at Woolwich Barracks on Monday as a Ford Mustang was loaded on to the back of an RAF Chinook chopper.
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Last night an senior defence insider revealed: "The Ministry of Defence had no idea what they planned and would have told them where to go if we had.
"Top Gear has rightly apologised for their stupid stunts."
Meanwhile an official spokesman said the RAF Chinook did not fly the mustang around London but instead filmed it being loaded on.
It was later removed and the same shot duplicated in London to make it look like the Chopper had flown the car into central London.
And they said the BBC had paid to use the military asset and film at the barracks.
But the fact the crew and hosts filmed at a military barracks - and used an RAF chopper - the day after pulling donuts by the nation's most sacred memorial to war dead sparked more concern.
The Ministry of Defence had no idea what they planned and would have told them where to go if we had
Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan Colonel Richard Kemp, said: "There is a lot of concern in the country about what happened in front of the Cenotaph.
"It seems somewhat insensitive for the RAF and Army to help them the very next day.
"It raises serious questions.
"I assume it was agreed months ago, but considering what had happened it strikes me as a very odd thing to do."
An MoD spokesperson said: “The vehicle was not transported by any RAF Chinook, there was no operational impact, and there was no cost to the MoD.”
A Queen lookalike was also spotted at Woolwich Barracks in south east London.