The woman whose complaints led to a regional reporter being served with a harassment notice by police has been arrested and bailed.
Croydon Advertiser reporter Gareth Davies said officers told him he faced arrest if he continued with his investigations into Neelam Desai. He said officers likened his behaviour to that of News of the World phone hackers.
As previously reported by HTFP, Gareth was served with a notice at his newspaper’s offices after doorstepping and emailing 33-year-old Neelam Desai, of Beulah Grove, Selhurst, as part of an ongoing investigation by the newspaper.
The case prompted outrage among civil liberties and press freedom groups.
Today the Advertiser carried a front page outlining the latest developments in its investiagtions.
The paper has also sent a solicitor’s letter to the Met.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the letter had been received and said: “We are currently considering its contents. It would be appropriate to comment any further on this case at this time.”
The Met said police in Croydon yesterday arrested a 33-year-old woman on suspicion of 10 counts of fraud by false representation.
A spokesman said: “She has since been bailed to return to a south London police station to a date in mid-August pending further enquiries.”