Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has attempted to play the good Samaritan – by tweeting the registration of a vehicle that he saw hit a parked car and drive off.

The presenter and journalist called upon his legion of Twitter followers to help him inform a driver that their car had been hit by a passing vehicle and had carried on without leaving a note.

His tweet reads: “If that’s your now damaged scirocco on Ledbury Road, the car that hit it and drove off was a Fiesta – LL63WMK.”

Users quickly came forward in Clarkson’s support, with one user saying: “Jeremy Clarkson, proving he’s a good guy.”

However, another Twitter user thought quite the opposite, asking: “Why didn’t you just leave a note or tell them rather than trying to get social media recognition.”

The controversial star has had a period away from the spotlight, appearing only in an advert for the Amazon Fire device, created by the company that is hosting his new show.

The as-yet untitled programme is set to go to air next year, with Clarkson appearing alongside former co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.

Amazon reportedly spent £160 million on 36 episodes of the new show, equating to £4.5 million. In contrast, Top Gear had a budget of around £500,000 per show.

Clarkson is said to become the highest paid presenter in Britain, earning around £9.6 million a year.

Filming for the new show has already begun, with Clarkson tweeting confirmation of this through a photo of himself alongside Hammond and May in front of three supercars.