May I congratulate the Times for publishing letters that reflect people’s opinions, even those that demonstrate the anti social behaviour and those who boast about breaking the law.

I refer, of course, to Jamie Legg’s letter of March 7, with reference the Shalford Community Speedwatch, “Ageing do-gooders”.

The letter underlines the contempt Mr Legg has for volunteers and community-minded citizens who are more mature than he and his understanding that a) excess speed is a contributory factor in many road collisions and b) that rural roads are among the most dangerous roads on which to drive.

I also presume tMr Legg is not a volunteer in any capacity in respect of the phrase “do-gooders”.

Furthermore, Mr Legg has admitted excess speed in writing and is open to a visit from the local constabulary as often happens when people are reported for excess speed.

Yes, a letter is sent in the first case of being reported, an appropriate response for most people who have travelled slightly over the legal limit being monitored, with a range of actions open to the police on subsequent occasions including additional letters and visits.

Mr Legg may also like to consider why local people are carrying out such activities?

It is because local people are concerned about the number of motorists speeding through their village.

The law is the law and excessive speed is flouting the law.

We are living in an age when people like Mr Legg believe they can flout the law, either by speeding, wherever it is, parking on zebra crossings, parking on pavements, discarding litter, allowing dogs to foul, fly tipping etc.

People undertaking Speedwatch, tidying their village and many other community minded activities are very much do-gooders.

Their actions are appreciated by many who stop to express their thanks, far outnumbering the few who demonstrate their contempt for the law.

I wonder if Mr Legg will respond to this letter and inform us if he has received a visit from the Constabulary?

Martyn Phillips

Rayne Community Speedwatch