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Another street preacher victory after police arrest for ‘hate speech’

A Christian preacher who was arrested for criticising Muhammad and Buddha has been found not guilty following a court hearing. Shaun O’Sullivan, 32, who has been supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was arrested in Swindon town centre on 11 March 2020, for alleged ‘hate speech’ and causing harassment, alarm and distress. Last month, however, ...

3 November 2022   Articles

Heckler turned street preacher found not guilty after police arrest for ‘hate speech’

A Christian preacher who was arrested for criticising Muhammad and Buddha has been found not guilty following a court hearing.

2 November 2022   Press Office

Bristol street preachers win permission to appeal over police arrests

Four Christian preachers have won the right to appeal a judgment that ruled they had been lawfully arrested for preaching in Bristol City Centre. Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, the four preachers – Mike Overd, Don Karns, Mike Stockwell and AJ Clarke – had originally brought claims against Avon and Somerset police for: assault, false ...

19 October 2021   Articles

Bristol street preachers win permission to appeal over police arrests

Four Christian preachers have won the right to appeal a judgment that ruled they had been lawfully arrested for preaching in Bristol City Centre.

19 October 2021   Press Office

Victory as magistrates rule street preachers were free to evangelise in lockdown

London magistrates have thrown out a case against a Christian preacher, who was fined and prosecuted by the Metropolitan police for evangelising on Good Friday, 2020. Joshua Sutcliffe, 31, along with one socially distanced friend, was preaching and handing out leaflets in Camden, North London, on 10 April 2020 when the two of them were ...

23 July 2021   Articles

Magistrates rule street preachers were entitled to evangelise and gather during lockdown

London magistrates have thrown out a case against a Christian preacher, who was fined and prosecuted by the Metropolitan police for evangelising on Good Friday, 2020.

23 July 2021   Press Office

Police issue first street preacher pay out for heavy handedness during lockdown

A Christian charity leader has been given the first lockdown related compensation award from Dorset police after being manhandled and unlawfully prevented from preaching on the back of his truck. With thanks to support from the Christian Legal Centre, police have now paid street preacher Dominic Muir, 44, £1,250 in damages and costs. Police mounted ...

26 October 2020   Articles

“I was treated like a potential criminal”: Police issue first pay out to street preacher for heavy handedness during lockdown

A Christian charity leader has been given the first lockdown related compensation award from police after being manhandled and unlawfully prevented from preaching on the back of his truck.

26 October 2020   Press Office

Crazy cathedrals and stately street preachers

Christian Concern Communications Manager, Paul Huxley, comments on Norwich Cathedral’s recent decision to install a helter skelter ride in its nave. What’s wrong with putting crazy golf courses and helter skelters in cathedrals? The decision of Norwich Cathedral to install a helter skelter in its nave has ignited debate about the role of cathedrals in ...

12 August 2019   Articles

Police payout after Christian street preacher arrest

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, a Christian street preacher has been offered £2,500 in exemplary damages from the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest, imprisonment and unlawful detention. In February, a video showing the aggressive arrest of Pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi (64) was watched by millions around the world, prompting outrage. Officers were ...

28 July 2019   Articles

Met Police pays damages to Nigerian street preacher after wrongful arrest

A Christian street preacher has been offered £2,500 in exemplary damages from the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest, imprisonment and unlawful detention. In February, a video showing the aggressive arrest of Pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi (64) was watched by millions around the world, prompting outrage. Officers were shown forcibly handcuffing the preacher, claiming ...

28 July 2019   Press Office

Christian street preachers acquitted of public order offences

Two Christian street preachers have today been acquitted of public order offences, after being convicted in February in what was described as a "modern day heresy trial".

29 June 2017   Press Office

Christian street preacher acquitted after facing public order offence charge

Another street preacher who was charged under the Public Order Act 1986, after allegedly entering a discussion with two passers-by about homosexuality, has been acquitted.

12 July 2017   Press Office

Victory for street preacher held in cell for 13 hours for sharing love for Muslims and truth of Islam

A Christian street preacher who was arrested on 23 June and held for 13 hours in a police cell, after displaying placards depicting love for Muslims and criticising the ideology of Islam, has this week been informed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that no charges will be brought against him.

16 August 2017   Press Office

Christian street preacher cleared of hate speech conviction

A Christian street preacher has had his conviction for using ‘threatening and discriminatory language’ whilst preaching in Lincoln overturned yesterday (7 December) by the Crown Court. Daniel Courney, aged 33, had appealed against a decision by Lincoln Magistrates on 14 September after the CPS pressed charges over complaints by Muslims in the area.

8 December 2017   Press Office

Two street preachers interviewed for hate speech in Camberley, Surrey have all charges dropped

A Reading street preacher of 30 years (Dave Barker) and co-preacher (Stephen Wan) have had all charges dropped against them.

16 January 2018   Press Office

Police caught out by street preacher evidence

The story of a Christian street preacher, whose video of arrest went viral across the world, has caught out the Metropolitan Police, who have had to change their story about what happened.

13 March 2019   Press Office

Britain’s ‘most arrested’ street preacher wins free speech victory

In a victory for freedom of speech, Britain’s ‘most arrested’ street preacher, Mike Overd, has walked free from conviction after his fifth prosecution. With four previous prosecutions – and no convictions – street preacher Mike Overd was accused in January of this year of ‘offending’ members of the public and charged with ‘anti-social behaviour’. However, ...

4 April 2019   Articles

Government challenged over arrest of street preacher

In response to the arrest of street preacher Olu, written questions have been raised to the government, find out what was said below. The arrest of street preacher Oluwole on Saturday 23rd February outside Southgate Tube station prompted outrage on social media as the video quickly went viral. Watch our video reconstruction of the arrest: Read ...

15 March 2019   Articles

Police caught out by street preacher evidence

The video of the arrest of Pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi has sparked outrage from Christians and non-Christians alike across the UK and the globe. But the story does not end with his arrest, it gets worse. Here Christian Concern’s Tim Dieppe explains what happened and how the actions of the police have been exposed. Viral video ...

12 March 2019   Articles

Video of Christian street preacher arrest goes viral

On Saturday 23 February, Oluwole Ilesanmi, a Christian street preacher and former dentist, was arrested outside Southgate tube station in London for ‘breaching the peace’. The police have said that they were called by a member of the public who had complained that the preacher was being ‘Islamophobic’ as he shared the gospel with passers-by. ...

28 February 2019   Articles

Two street preachers questioned over hate speech have all charges dropped

David Barker, who has been a street preacher for 30 years, and Stephen Wan were cleared with the help of the Christian Legal Centre. As they were preaching, a number of hecklers gathered and made trouble for the preachers. It was alleged that the preachers said “homosexuals are going to hell” and “man cannot lie ...

16 January 2018   Articles

Another street preacher cleared of all charges

Another street preacher was cleared of a public order offence charge last week at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court. Only a week after Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell’s public order convictions were overturned at Bristol Crown Court, another preacher has been acquitted of a public order offence charge. Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Andrew Frost was ...

13 July 2017   Articles

Christian street preachers acquitted of public order offences

Two Christian street preachers have today been acquitted of public order offences, after being convicted in February in what was described as a “modern day heresy trial”. Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were found guilty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in February this year, with Prosecutor Ian Jackson claiming that ...

29 June 2017   Articles
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