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Is it okay to put flyers in peoples letterboxes?

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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
My brother is wondering the above.

He wants to promote some local thing he's doing but doesn't want to get into trouble for junk mail. Is their any legal reason he can't?
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Happens around by me all the time, I wouldn't worry too much.:thumbsup:
#2
I'm sure it's fine - just avoid the ones that have 'no junk mail' stickers.
#3
As long as they aren't offensive in any way then its fine!
#4
yeah, sounds fine to me
1 Like #5
you will be fine. i put flyers through when i canvass and it is no problem at all:thumbsup:
#6
I'm sure the biggest problem would be trying to get people to read the flyer! I hate the bulky ones in newspapers!
#7
Cool.

Thanks for all the info.
#8
anyone who puts junk mail in my letterbox ends up loosing money(ring the free number/post the free envelopes back empty/get them out to give me an estimate and when they turn up say no at the door)if i want things i go and get them i dont want **** pushed through my letterbox,How about the poor people who pay for the weight of there wheelie bins this junk mail is not just annoying them its costing them money its like viagra spam.
if its for the community or a good thing its great i just hate the letterbox spammers that rip you off
#9
shouldnt be a problem
#10
you can distribute your leaflets but as previously stated don't bother putting it in the letterbox of someone who states 'no junk mil' this is not because you will get in trouble - its just that you are wasting your money on a flyer that will go straight into the bin - try and make your flyer stand out a good way is by the colour of the flyer or the font or even a picture - all things that make people take a second look - good luck
#11
Yes, you can... As long as you don't keep on sending junk and junk. 1 is okay. But when people start getting lots, it gets annoying...
#12
Its okay but alot of people do not like Junk Mail
#13
technically it is illegal, you need a license to hand out flyers on the public highway and if you go down a path or driveway you are also trespassing. in practice you should be fine. but if someone complains then you could theoretically you could get into trouble. also you might leaflet somebody who has registered with the MPS and you'd be in breach of those regulations. its even worse if you distribute them in a car park or suchlike. if you put them on the car then you could get done for criminal damage, not likely but possible.
this site might help you

http://www.freebeagles.org/articles/leafleting.html
#14
wolf359
technically it is illegal, you need a license to hand out flyers on the public highway and if you go down a path or driveway you are also trespassing. in practice you should be fine. but if someone complains then you could theoretically you could get into trouble. also you might leaflet somebody who has registered with the MPS and you'd be in breach of those regulations. its even worse if you distribute them in a car park or suchlike. if you put them on the car then you could get done for criminal damage, not likely but possible.
this site might help you

http://www.freebeagles.org/articles/leafleting.html

The website you refer to contradicts you it says 'Leafleting is a basic right of expression and your right to leaflet is well guarded in law.' It also says you are only trespassing if you are asked to leave.
#15
When I glanced at the title of this thread I thought it said "Is it okay to put fivers in peoples letterboxes"!!!! :w00t:
#16
I don't mind flyers now and again, but I hate getting pizza leaflets every day (sometimes twice)!
banned#17
Does anybody read flyers? Mine just go straight in the bin.
#18
chrysha
The website you refer to contradicts you it says 'Leafleting is a basic right of expression and your right to leaflet is well guarded in law.' It also says you are only trespassing if you are asked to leave.


the site gives you the POV from the leafleter. it also mentions that the police can and do act against leafleters. its advice is targeted at what to say to the police if confronted. the test case mentioned is one such piece of advice. it acts as a precedent but is not indicitive of the law itself. i know, personally, of people who have called the police regarding leafleters and the police have responded and arrested the offender. whether or not they were successfully prosecuted i do not know. but they were arrested for tresspass, causing an obstruction and littering. same goes for leafleting car parks. a friend of mine used to marshall a car park and was fed up of customers complaining about having leaflets on their cars (and having to pickup all the ones thrown onto the floor) so he called the cops next time the leafleters arrived. they were arrested, and cautioned for trespass onto private property (the car park) and criminal damage (as the drivers had to remove the leaflets) . there doesn't have to be any physical damage to the car for this charge. if you make somebody have to actually do something to remove the leaflet its criminal damage. same goes for doorstep dropping. if the recipient has signed upto MPS then you're in breach of these rules.
my town council have also put in place by-laws so that if one single person complains about leafleters in the town centre then the leafleter gets done for obstruction. same goes for direct sellers etc

the whole point of the site is that it shows you how to get out of prosecutions regarding leafleting. i doubt the OP wants to be in that position in the first place. if people weren't getting prosecuted for leafleting then the site wouldn't exist. my advice to the OP would be that the only way to be sure of avoiding criminal action regarding leafleting is not to do it in the first place.

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