I’m sure that the vast majority of the members of the motoring community are perfectly law-abiding, deplore terrorist attacks and realise that any talk of a ‘war on motorists’ through speed cameras and congestion charges are completely irresponsible nonsense.
I’m therefore appealing to their community leaders to cooperate with the police and to encourage peaceful motorists to do the same. I’ve also asked Ruth Kelly to set up a study group to investigate ways of better integrating motorists — many of whom were born and brought up here — with the community and ways of persuading them that sending letter bombs is very un-British. I would encourage the parents of young motorists to look for the danger signs — a fascination with Top Gear is very suspicious — and to report them to the police as soon as possible for their family’s sake.
The security services are, of course, studying letters to the papers, posts on Internet sites and newsgroups and the like in search of extremists who make false and inflammatory claims about speed cameras, the congestion charge and road charging in general. Obviously the vast majority of people who get involved in such campaigns are perfectly innocent and, if they have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear.
We hope Jeremy Clarkson will soon be released from Belmarsh, where he is helping us with our inquiries. We may have to impose a control order on him, but our first priority has to be the safety of the public.