Thanks to the marvelous generosity and support received following the seizure of my computers by the Norfolk Police acting in collaboration with the NDET and the MET I have been able to make some progress on the legal front, with high quality and friendly-priced qualified legal assistance from my fellow climateer Stephen Wilde of Wilde & Co.
- The defamatory post put up by Zachary Shahan at one planetsave.com has been entirely removed.
- The defamatory post put up by Greg laden has been substantially revised, partially retracted, and an offer of a reply to be prominently promoted on scienceblogs.com has been received.
- The Norfolk police have confirmed by email that I am not suspected of any crime, and have authorised the submission of estimates for repair to my property and for losses incurred through depriving me of my computers.
- Although we have not yet secured the services of a stateside lawyer on suitable terms I will be pursuing this now that Stephen and Wilde & Co have completed their UK based work and are taking a back seat in order to allow me to preserve the funds donated for the battle ahead.
Once again I want to thank everyone who has been generous with support both moral and financial. It has helped my lady and myself through a tense and tiring run-up to Christmas and the New Year. We have for the present closed the appeal so as to draw a line between phases of the campaign.
I hope readers will understand that I can not be too revealing about finances at this stage, as we don’t want to assist the opposition’s strategic planning. Due to Paypal putting a block on withdrawals from my account (Despite me phoning and them assuring me all was well), and then going on Christmas holiday, I was unable to transfer the funds to Wilde & Co’s client account. Now that they are taking a backseat role, I will administer the fund myself and produce full accounts in due course. Rest assured that as a tightwad Yorkshireman, I’ll be keeping a close eye on the purse strings and avoiding any unnecessary expenditure. I will also update everyone of payments made via the blog.
OK That’s it for now, I have letters to write! I’ll let Stephen set out his assessment in comments to cover anything I’ve missed.