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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

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 preacher appeals conviction for ‘misgendering’

A Christian lettings agent who became the first street preacher to be prosecuted and reported to counter-terrorism for alleged ‘misgendering’, is set to appeal his conviction this week at Leeds Crown Court. Dave McConnell, 42, from Wakefield, was reported by the Probation Service to the government’s counter-terrorism watchdog, Prevent, after he was arrested under section 4A Public ...

7 March 2023   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

Christian preacher challenges arrest for protesting Islam

Tomorrow at the High Court, a Christian preacher will appeal a ruling which upheld his arrest outside Southwark Cathedral for displaying placards which protested against Islam in the wake of terrorist attacks. Following one complaint from a member of the public, Ian Sleeper, 57, who is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, was surrounded ...

7 May 2024   Articles

High Court to hear appeal of Christian preacher arrested for protesting Islam outside London cathedral

Tomorrow at the High Court, a Christian preacher will appeal a ruling which upheld his arrest outside Southwark Cathedral for displaying placards which protested against Islam in the wake of terrorist attacks.

7 May 2024   Press Office

Christian preacher to appeal conviction for holding sign with Bible verse in abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

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.

2 February 2024   Press Office

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

Christian preacher faces prosecution for holding sign with Bible verse in abortion clinic ‘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.

18 January 2024   Press Office
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