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Why we must protect our street preachers

The Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska comments on two street preachers being convicted of public order offences for quoting the Bible. February 28, 2017 was a historic day in the United Kingdom as two street preachers, Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell, were convicted for comments they made while publicly preaching the gospel in Bristol. While ...

3 March 2017   Articles

Street preachers share powerful testimonies of finding Christ

The Bible was once revered in the courtroom; now it’s accused of being ‘abusive’ and ‘no longer appropriate in modern society’. With thanks to support from the Christian Legal Centre, two street preachers have recently won their cases, having both been accused of ‘hate speech’ after quoting the Bible and explaining who God is. Freedom ...

5 December 2022   Articles

Street preacher wins Easter Sunday Covid arrest case

After a two-year legal battle, a Crown Court Judge has vindicated a Christian volunteer worker who was arrested, detained in a police cell and issued with a Covid fine for preaching and supporting the homeless during lockdown. On Easter Sunday 2020, Andrew Sathiyavan, 47, was confronted by London Metropolitan police officers on Sutton High Street, ...

30 May 2022   Articles

Street preacher wins Easter Sunday Covid arrest case

Today, after a two-year legal battle, a Crown Court Judge has vindicated a Christian volunteer worker who was arrested, detained in a police cell and issued with a Covid fine for preaching and supporting the homeless during lockdown. 

30 May 2022   Press Office

Street preacher to appeal Easter Sunday covid fine after police arrest

Today, a Christian volunteer is appealing a covid fine he received after being arrested for preaching and supporting the homeless on Easter Sunday 2020. Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Andrew Sathiyavan, 47, will appeal the ruling of Deputy District Judge Minhas at Isleworth Crown Court, which upheld the issuing of the fine and said ...

24 May 2022   Articles

Street preacher to appeal Easter Sunday covid fine after police arrest

Tomorrow, a Christian volunteer will appeal a covid fine he received after being arrested for preaching and supporting the homeless on Easter Sunday 2020.

23 May 2022   Press Office

Street preacher wins legal case after false allegations

The first Christian woman to face trial for street preaching since a landmark free speech case in 1997 has been told there was ‘no case to answer’ by a district judge. Hazel Lewis, 49, was arrested while preaching a biblical message outside Finsbury Park tube station in North London on 12 February 2020, after false ...

9 August 2021   Articles

Street preacher: ‘I was treated like a potential criminal’

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. The incident, involving Dominic Muir, 44, a chief executive of registered Christian charities, Now Believe and Jesus Fields, took place in Blandford Forum town centre in ...

26 October 2020   Articles

Street preacher remains free to share the gospel

Yesterday, the Christian Legal Centre supported street preacher Mike Overd in a High Court case where police tried to impose severe restrictions on his freedom to preach in the streets of Avon and Somerset. Mike Overd has been preaching publicly ever since he became a Christian in the early 2000s. Compelled by love to share ...

6 October 2020   Articles

Street preacher wins freedom to keep preaching the gospel

UK police department Avon and Somerset Police, were seeking restrictions on Christian street preacher Mike Overd with a civil injunction application, claiming that he ‘puts lives at risk’. On Monday 5 October Avon and Somerset Police argued at a High Court hearing that Mike could cause “significant risk or harm to others.” The application for ...

5 October 2020   Articles

Street preachers convicted for quoting Bible in ‘modern day heresy trial’

Two street preachers have been convicted of public order offences, after a public prosecutor claimed that quoting parts of the King James Bible in the context of modern British society "must be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter".

28 February 2017   Press Office

Street preachers convicted in ‘modern-day heresy trial’

Two street preachers have today been convicted of a public order offence, after a public prosecutor claimed that publicly quoting parts of the King James Bible in modern Britain should “be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter”. Prosecutor Ian Jackson also told the court that “although the words preached are included in ...

28 February 2017   Articles

Preacher wins after claim parts of Bible ‘no longer acceptable’

A criminal prosecution against a street preacher arrested for an alleged ‘hate crime’ has been dropped in which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) argued that parts of the Bible are ‘abusive’ and ‘no longer appropriate in modern society.’ John Dunn, 55, a cancer survivor from Swindon who has served in the British Army’s Special Forces, ...

22 November 2022   Articles

Win for arrested preacher after Crown Prosecution claims parts of Bible ‘no longer appropriate in modern society’

A criminal prosecution against a street preacher arrested for an alleged ‘hate crime’ has been dropped in which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) argued that parts of the Bible are ‘abusive’ and ‘no longer appropriate in modern society.’

22 November 2022   Press Office

Christian preacher’s Covid regs case dropped

The first Christian preacher to fall foul of coronavirus laws during the first English lockdown, has had the case against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The loss of religious freedom due to coronavirus regulations during the pandemic has been hotly contested, most notably in the successful judicial review of Scottish restrictions on ...

9 September 2021   Articles

Victory as first Christian preacher to be prosecuted under covid regs sees case thrown out

The first Christian preacher to fall foul of coronavirus laws during the first English lockdown, has had the case against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

9 September 2021   Press Office

Christian woman wins legal case after false allegations led to prosecution for street preaching

The first Christian woman to face trial for street preaching since a landmark free speech case in 1997 has been told there was ‘no case to answer’ by a district judge.  

9 August 2021   Press Office

Preacher to pursue legal action against police after Easter arrest and fine

A judge has ruled that it was right for the police to arrest and fine a Christian volunteer for breaking Covid regulations by street preaching on Easter Sunday. Andrew Sathiyavan, 46, who is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was arrested on Sutton High Street in south London on Easter Sunday 2020 after being told ...

1 July 2021   Articles

Preacher to pursue legal action against police after Easter Sunday arrest and covid fine

A judge has ruled that it was right for the police to arrest and fine a Christian volunteer for breaking covid regulations by street preaching on Easter Sunday. 

28 June 2021   Press Office

Free to preach the gospel on the streets of Greenwich

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet ...

16 April 2021   Articles

Court to hear four Christian preachers’ case against police after brutal arrests

This Monday, four Christian preachers, known as ‘the Bristol Four’, will challenge Avon and Somerset Police over their brutal arrests following a dramatic incident in July 2016. Beginning on Monday 7 December at Bristol County Court, Mike Overd, Don Karns, Mike Stockwell and AJ Clarke will bring claims against the police for: assault, false imprisonment, ...

4 December 2020   Articles

Court to hear four Christian preachers’ case against police after brutal Bristol arrests

This Monday, four Christian preachers, known as ‘the Bristol Four’, will challenge Avon and Somerset Police over their brutal arrests following a dramatic incident in July 2016.

4 December 2020   Press Office

Court rejects draconian police measures seeking to silence Christian preacher

A High Court has today, Monday 5 October, rejected a heavy-handed attempt by police to prevent a Christian preacher from preaching on the streets of Avon and Somerset.

5 October 2020   Press Office

Police seek restriction on Christian preacher claiming he ‘puts lives at risk’

Avon and Somerset Police will argue at a High Court hearing on Monday 5 October that a Christian preacher could cause “significant risk or harm to others”.

4 October 2020   Press Office
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