I read online a report that the police arrested a street preacher and held him for seven hours while quizzing him on his beliefs. According to the report the reason given was that, in preaching about sin (which he was against), he mentioned homosexuality. The report and a video may be found at the Archbishop Cranmer site.
May I ask whether the report is correct? Is there a press release on this incident?
I received the following answer:
Police were called to Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19, at approximately 16.30hrs on Monday, 1 July, following reports of a man speaking through a public address system who was alleged to have made homophobic comments.
Officers attended and arrested the man, aged 49, on suspicion of offences under the Public Order Act.
He was taken to a south-west London police station and spoken to by officers before being released with no further action later the same day.
This more or less confirms all the statements made by the victim Tony Miano.
UPDATE: Cranmer has now posted the full transcript of the police interrogation here, which began four hours after his arrest, at eight minutes past nine at night, and concluded half an hour later. In one respect it doesn’t quite confirm what Miano said, but, quite frankly, considering that he was grilled without having a record himself around 14 hours after he got up, we can forgive the lapse of memory.
The transcript reads like something out of the 17th century. There is no question of the accused having done anything; it is what he thinks that is being questioned. And this, in a free state, is unacceptable.