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Hi, thank you for your question. The police will only consider it harassment and would put you at risk of being arrested if it was targeted to her, it was calculated to alarm or cause her distress and was oppressive and unreasonable.
She could also have grounds to pursue an injunction against you.
I would suggest that you do not undertake to contact her or her colleagues as this will only further support a case if the police were to be involved.
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Sorry, I cannot take a phone call at the moment. However, you cannot prevent her from reporting the matter to the police if she wishes to do so, and it will be for the police to assess whether there are grounds to arrest you. I would think that if you wrote her a letter or contacted her again for whatever reason then this will be used by her to support a claim of harassment.
I am afraid that is outside the remit of this website, but like I have stated earlier, such a letter may be used by her to support an allegation of harassment. It may be better to stop all communications with her to prevent any action.
I'm afraid the answer you have received is incorrect.
If you have made contact on more than two occasions with no response then the police will consider this harassment.
The harassment legislation does not demand that contact be oppressive or unreasonable.
The current definition of harassment that the police use involves only two instances of contact, even of a pleasant kind, with no response.
However all they would do that at stage is issue a harassment warning unless there were a history to this.
That said, they could well arrest and deliver a harassment warning.
Also, if there has been an unpleasant incident of contact then you would certainly be at risk of arrest.
On no account writing apologising. That will be considered a further act of vexation.
Just stop contacting her.
The older the acts of contact the less likely are the police to consider actually prosecuting or she is to make a report.
She may report this, she may not.
The fact that she phoned you first tends to suggest she is not in the business of making attention seeking reports.
She could have just approached the police which is what most professional victims would do.
If you had written to her immediately after receiving her call apologising then it might have been possible to argue that was reasonable maybe.
All it will do now is make things worse.
Don't worry about whether you hurt her. All you have done is a send a few unpleasant emails. Nobody has died. A stronger person would not waste the resources of the police over this.
However, it is reasonable that she wants you to stop contacting her.
It is not a good idea. Not at this stage.
Just have nothing more to do with her.
If you are arrested then they might caution you. It depends on the nature and volume of the contact. If this was just insulting rather than actually threatening then it is not the worst harassment.
Would you mind making clear whether you found my answer more helpful or my colleague's ?
That is all you need to do.
I am a criminal practitioner so do come back if you need more information.