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Preacher to appeal conviction for holding Bible verse sign

A Christian preacher has been found guilty of breaching a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for holding a sign with a verse from the Bible on it outside of an abortion clinic. Stephen Green, 72, from South Wales, was prosecuted by Ealing Council under section 67 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ...

2 February 2024   Articles

Preacher awaits verdict for holding Bible verse sign in buffer zone

On February 1 2024, at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in London, a Christian preacher will learn if he will be criminalised for holding a sign with a verse from the Bible’s renowned Psalm 139 on it within a ‘buffer zone’ outside of an abortion clinic. Stephen Green, 72, from South Wales, was prosecuted by Ealing Council ...

31 January 2024   Articles

Preacher faces prosecution for displaying Psalm 139 in ‘buffer zone’

This Friday at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, a Christian preacher and campaigner faces potentially being sent to prison for six months for holding a sign with a verse from the Bible’s renowned Psalm 139 on it within a ‘buffer zone’ outside of a London abortion clinic. Stephen Green, 72, from South Wales, was prosecuted by Ealing Council ...

18 January 2024   Articles

Teaching assistant wins £7,000 settlement after sacking for street preaching

A Christian teaching assistant has won a £7,000 legal settlement from a school in Leeds after he was sacked for street preaching in his spare time. Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Mr Andy Nix, 65, took legal action against Temple Moor High School in Leeds after he was sacked without notice for taking part ...

11 January 2024   Articles

Preacher arrested for protesting Islam wins chance to appeal

On 20 November, a Christian preacher won permission to appeal a ruling which upheld his arrest outside Southwark Cathedral, London, after his displaying of placards which protested against Islam in the wake of terrorist attacks. Following one complaint from a member of the public, Ian Sleeper, 57, was surrounded by four officers and arrested on ...

20 November 2023   Articles

Christian preacher prosecuted over Bible verse in buffer zone

A Christian preacher and campaigner faces being sent to prison for six months for holding a sign with a verse from the Bible’s renowned Psalm 139 on it within a ‘buffer zone’ outside of a London abortion clinic. Stephen Green, 72, from South Wales, was prosecuted by Ealing Council under section 67 of the Anti-Social ...

16 October 2023   Articles

‘Misgendering’ is not a crime: support preacher convicted for ‘misgendering’

Did you know you could be fined £620 and forced to do 80 hours of community service for ‘misgendering’ someone? In June 2021, Dave McConnell was preaching in Leeds when a ‘trans woman’ asked him whether God accepted the LGBT community, answering truthfully and Scripturally. However, after members of the crowd shouted, swore and made ...

7 March 2023   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

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

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

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

Police remove preacher from Speakers’ Corner

Tim Dieppe comments on the recent removal by police of preacher Hatun Tash at Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner. ‘The home of free speech’ Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park has long been a bastion of free speech in the UK. It is reputed to be the most famous location for free speech in the world. A ...

26 September 2020   Articles

Christian preacher arrested in Barking for hate speech has charges dropped

Christian Legal Centre client, Pastor David Lynn, was released on Wednesday (21 March) without charge after being arrested outside Barking Tube Station on 20 March 2018 for preaching the gospel. David was held at Fresh Wharf Custody Base in Barking for over 20 hours, during which he was questioned by the police under caution. Preached ...

23 March 2018   Articles

Preaching, not breaching the peace

On Wednesday 31 July, a group of Christian street preachers, including street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi, delivered our street preacher petition to the Home Office, New Scotland Yard and the London Assembly.

6 August 2019   Articles

Police weaponise PSPO to threaten arrest and shut down Christian preaching

The Met Police have threatened to arrest Christian preachers accusing them of ‘hate crime’ and breaching anti-social behaviour legislation for preaching from the Bible in Uxbridge, London. The story and viral footage comes after the London Borough of Hillingdon used a Public Spaces Protection Order in Uxbridge Town Centre to clamp down on Christian street preaching. ...

15 February 2024   Articles

2023 highlights: Here’s what you’ve made happen

Andrea Williams, our Chief Executive, shares the highlights of 2023 for Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, which supporters’ prayers, donations and advocacy have played a major role in bringing to fruition. As 2024 is upon us, I would like to personally thank you for your invaluable support for Christian Concern and the Christian ...

8 January 2024   Articles

Tell the Covid inquiry how lockdown affected you and your church

As you may well have seen in the news, the UK Covid-19 Inquiry is now underway and began hearings last year. The inquiry, which was set up by the government, has a system for collecting individual stories about the impact of Covid on you and others you know. Everyone has their own personal stories about ...

5 January 2024   Articles

Why does the UK lack research on Islamist extremism and terrorism?

Public Policy Researcher Dr Carys Moseley writes on the lack of research on Islamist extremism and why Christians are being referred to Prevent A report published last week warns that the UK lacks sufficient research on Islamist extremism. The report was commissioned by the Commission for Countering Extremism, and authored by Daniel Allington, an academic ...

21 December 2023   Articles

Police drop case against councillor advocating Christian free speech

The police have dropped all charges against a Tory councillor after he was arrested for a ‘hate crime’ for supporting Christian freedom of speech on X/Twitter. Cllr Anthony Stevens, 51, who has been supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was arrested at his home without warning in August for a handful of tweets which included ...

11 December 2023   Articles

Christians in the Firing Line 2 launched by livestream

Ten years after Christians in the Firing Line was first published, Christians in the Firing Line 2 has now been released. In the live online book launch, our Chief Executive, Andrea Williams and Head of Public Policy, Tim Dieppe had an uplifting conversation with Author Dr Richard Scott. Together they endeavoured to answer viewers’ questions, ...

1 December 2023   Articles

Councillor will keep exposing police treatment for free speech tweet

A Conservative Party councillor says he will continue to expose the treatment he received from police after supporting fellow councillor King Lawal’s freedom of speech. In August, Cllr Anthony Stevens, who is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, told the media his harrowing story of being arrested in front of his family for a ...

13 October 2023   Articles

‘To express Christian beliefs is a form of blasphemy’

“We’re living in a time when free speech is increasingly under threat in the country, as evidenced by some of our cases, street preachers being arrested and people losing their jobs just for expressing what they think.” Tim Dieppe, our Head of Public Policy, sits down with Toby Young, director of the Free Speech Union, ...

25 March 2023   Articles

Why the CofE was wrong to report synod member for hate speech

Andrea Williams comments on some recent tweets from synod member Sam Margrave, for which he was reported to police by his diocese – and why this was a completely disproportionate response. Sam Margrave, a Christian on the Church of England’s General Synod, has been reported to police by the Diocese of Coventry and has even ...

8 February 2023   Articles
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