'They have to be killed' - James May on motorbike thieves

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James May used to host Top Gear with Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson (AAP)

Motoring extraordinaire and The Grand Tour co-host James May has come out guns blazing against motorcycle thieves.

He thinks they should be killed.

According to the Telegraph, the stunning comments come from his written attack on the website Drivetribe, where he calls for thieves to die, despite himself being against capital punishment.

"The landscape of crime is never as simple as it seems. It's all too easy to believe that a zero tolerance crackdown in the community with greater powers and funding for law enforcement agencies is the right thing to say here," he writes.

"[But] we must deal with the problem of bike thieves at its source, by killing them.

"It makes me shudder to write that. I, like any civilised person, am vehemently opposed to capital punishment and any other form of state-sponsored murder."

Mr May goes on to argue that the only way to combat the problem is to kill them because police don't do enough about gangs of thieves.

"It's just that the law isn't being enforced. The police seem unwilling or in some way unempowered to deal with it," he writes.

"I have arrived at this conclusion not through knee-jerk reaction or impotent fury, but by a pure and unadulterated process of logic. They have to be killed."

The Grand Tour aired their first season in November 2016 exclusively on Amazon Prime and plans are in place for a second season in late 2017.