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Have you reported this to the Police at all? Have they told customers things that are untrue please?
I assume that he is not demanding payment from these people so it would not be an offence under Section 40. This only applies to unlawful harassment of a debt.
But you should report this to the Police if what he is saying is untrue.
Sadly the Police may consider this to be a civil matter.
If so then you need to write to him and ask him to stop spreading lies or say you will take the matter to Court.
If he refuses then you should get a Solicitor to write a letter and ask him to stop
If he refuses then the next course of action would be to issue proceedings and seek an injunction.
However this would be quite complex and it is libel/slander and a specialist type of proceedings.
Generally you would need to issue High Court proceedings and instruct specialist lawyers.
The typical cost of this would be around £15,000 if it went to trial and if you lost you would have to pay the cost of the other side.
Therefore I would suggest writing to him or getting a Solicitor to do so - this may stop and scare him.
As long as what he is saying is true, then you can not stop him
If what he is saying IS NOT true then you can stop him
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