The BBC has chosen to ignore the story of how a street preacher was sworn at by a woman and then arrested, for daring to mention homosexuality among a number of sins (see here and here and here). Others have not. Cranmer broke the story, and the Daily Telegraph ran with it. A few more links.
The Huffington Post (UK) gives couple more details, which actually sound even more sinister:
According to the Christian Legal Centre which is representing Miano, he was offered a £90 fine to secure his release, but after being interviewed with a solicitor present, the police told him they would seek prosecution because he said he believed his remarks were “100%” acceptable” and that he planned to say them again.
This explains, then, why they kept him in a cell for seven hours. They were hoping to get him to admit the “offence” and pay a fine, for his temerity.
Cranmer’s Curate makes the point that a tough ex-police-officer like Miano was far better equipped to push back at such nonsense than most of us would be.
UPDATE, 6th July 2013: Not part of the same story … or may be it is: Christian preachers brutally beaten at Gay Pride Festival.