JK Rowling to face no further action after police receive complaints about social media post | UK News

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JK Rowling’s comments about new hate crime laws “are not assessed to be criminal”, police have said, as they confirmed no further action would be taken.

The Harry Potter author dared police to arrest her on social media over the legislation that came into force in Scotland this week.

The new measures aim to tackle the harm caused by hatred and prejudice, extending protections from abusive behaviour to people on grounds including age, disability, religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

But the writer has become an outspoken critic of the Scottish government’s stance on trans right, including their gender recognition bill which aimed to make it easier for people to legally change their gender, but was blocked by Westminster.

Posting about the issue on social media, Rowling, who is out of the country at the moment, added if what she had written was an offence under the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act – which came into force yesterday – she would “look forward to being arrested when I return to the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment”.

The post, in which she

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