EXCLUSIVE by Wendy Williams
A BRITISH woman has called in police after a landscape gardener launched a vicious internet campaign against her.
Emma Surgenor (right), 47, who runs a construction company with her husband Peter Rennie, 51, argues her business is being put in jeopardy over the ‘ridiculous’ online claims.
Among the rants being made by the former expat business associate are that she is an international criminal, wanted in the UK.
“It is a really horrible situation,” explains Surgenor, who lives in San Pablo de Buceite, near Sotogrande.
“I tried to ignore it but it is getting out of control now and it is really upsetting. I just don’t know what to do.
“I need to fight back from all this as it is impacting on my business, as potential clients are being put off,” claims Surgenor, who previously ran a construction company in the UK.
She insists locals have been gossiping about it and she has received ‘numerous calls’ – some from potential clients – asking about the claims.
“The problem is I can’t prove it’s him, even though his name is mentioned in several posts.
“He has done the same thing to other people, with various aliases and almost exactly the same wording, but we are all helpless.
“Anyone can write anything about anyone on the internet and it seems it just stays there.”
One of the blogs, posted under the alias ‘jantje waarheid’ – which means ‘Johnny the Truth’ in Dutch – actually claims her company Rose and Thistle ‘is known to be a criminal firm due to a victim trail of biblical proportions’.
It continues: “Emma has quite an extensive criminal record in the UK for theft, malpractices and racketeering.”
It gives no further details and Surgenor strongly denies it.
“I can prove that I have absolutely no criminal record either here or in the UK, nor has my husband.
“It is completely defamatory, but you can’t get rid of it and now our customers are reading it.
“We have been here for nine years and I have never been taken to court by a client either here or in the UK.
“We are just ordinary people, passionate about what we do. I am terribly upset by it all.”
When the Olive Press tried to contact the gardener – whose identity we cannot reveal for legal reasons – his number was no longer in service.