I cannot think of any criminal offence which they have committed. They have not committed fraud. They have not obtained goods or services by deception. By all means go to the police in case they can think of an offence but I don’t think that they are going to be interested.
There is potentially a civil claim here if the individuals entrusted this person to do a job (deliver the petition) and the person failed to do so. However the individuals would have to suffer a loss would have to prove that had the petition arrived, the development would not have gone ahead. They would also have to prove that the development going ahead has caused them to suffer loss. It’s certainly not a claim (or claims) that I would be rushing to court over. Sorry
I can tell you however that a petition against the planning application (or anything else for that matter) is a very little effect. If anyone wants to make a objection to something, then an individual letter is taken far more seriously. The reason is that anyone who has a petition thrust in front of them will normally sign it.
I don’t know whether it’s too late for each of the individuals to write letters or if they are not able to do so, sign a common piece of paper/petition themselves but as I said earlier, if they want the objections to be taken into account, they are going to have to make individual formal objections.
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