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A virtual acquaintance of the Freelance reports receiving this message: "We have received an offensive hate email from your email address... possibly it is not from you yourself but from a child in the family? May I ask you to refrain from either sending such material or allowing others to use your email account for what is, after all, a criminal offence?"

And what could have prompted this message from Paul Spencer, Investigator (Central London) with the BBC Investigation Service?

They'd told Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles that "A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a waterlogged brain, and a combination backbone made of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts he carries a tumour of rotten principles. ..."

That'll be the description famously attributed to author Jack London.

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