Writer and broadcaster Caroline Farrow has been investigated by police for criticising underage ‘sex change’ surgery on Twitter.
The incident followed a 2018 debate between Farrow and Susie Green, head of trans charity Mermaids, on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Green now says she has dropped the complaint against Mrs Farrow, and Surrey Police subsequently stopped its investigation.
Farrow, a Roman Catholic, said on the programme that boys identifying as female should not be allowed to share tents with girls.
The debate continued on social media, and Susie Green lodged a formal complaint with Surrey Police.
Mermaids CEO Susie Green evaded UK restrictions when she took her 16-year-old son to Thailand for a full sex-change operation. In the UK, sex-reassignment surgery is limited to over-18s.
Mrs Farrow tweeted that while Susie Green might want to give her own child ‘illegal medication and drastic surgery’, she shouldn’t ‘impose it on other vulnerable kids as best practice’.
The police questioned Mrs Farrow, but she refused to be cowed, writing ‘you cannot change the sex into which you were born’.
She also noted that threats to her family as a result of the row are not being investigated.
Green told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she was withdrawing the complaint to deny Mrs Farrow a platform to ‘spread misinformation’.
Criminologist Dr David Green said, ‘This appears to be a case of hurt feelings.’
He added, ‘The police should have understood that, but they are so concerned with polishing their image and making themselves look good with pressure groups that they have forgotten justice.’