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I have just tried to report to the Police a defamatory

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Hello Pearl, My name is***** have just tried to report to the Police a defamatory petition towards a respectable charity in North Wales. I believe that this petition could damage the reputation of this charity and cause them to lose some oh so useful donations. The Police told me that they do not deal with this. Is it right? Thank you very much.
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?
Customer: North Wales, Flintshire
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No. I have informed the charity though and I thought it was my duty to inform the Police as well about defamatory allegations.
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: I don't think so.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

How can I help with this please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hello, Is it an offense to create a defamatory petition, on the Internet, that might damage someone's reputation? In this particular case, the person targeted runs a charitable animal rescue therefore, damage to their reputation could, as a consequence, mean less donations, which is catastrophic.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No.

Defamation is not a crime.

Sometimes it amounts to other offences but not here.

This is just a defamation which needs to be pursued at the civil courts.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your reply. I know now what I wanted to know.
Kind regards,
Lydie
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No problem

All the best.