Gareth was served with the notice after Neelam Desai, who received a 30 month jail sentence after pleading guilty to a series of frauds totalling £230,000, contacted the police to say she felt “persecuted” by the stories he was writing about her.
Gareth, pictured above left, received a letter from the Met which concluded he “did go beyond what is reasonable” in his reporting of the case.
However, he has now appealed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about his treatment by the Met.
A review into the case is set to be completed within eight weeks.
A recent report by Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee recommended further guidance and training to police officers on the appropriate use of such notices.
Said Gareth: “I am pleased the case is being looked into and look forward to the outcome, especially in light of the recent Home Affairs Committee report.”