Modern Britain is a strange country. Richard Hammond was a grown man and an experienced driver. He chose to attempt the British land speed record in a drag car. This is an intrinsically dangerous activity (but one that any man I know would jump at the chance to try). Sadly, it went wrong and every petrolhead in the country is hoping he will make a full recovery. How can that be of any legitimate interest to the police? Richard is a free man who made a free choice. Of course, given the Nanny State "Health & Safety at Work" legislation, it is inevitable that an inspector will call on the BBC to investigate if they provided Richard with "a safe system of work." But the police? Have they nothing better to do?