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Two British street preachers cleared of all charges

Both were arrested in the UK after being accused of using “homophobic language.” One of them has been preaching publicly for more than 11 years.

SOURCES Christian Concern AUTHOR Evangelical Focus LONDON 27 MAY 2015 13:43 h GMT+1
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In the UK, two Christian street preachers have been cleared of all charges after they were arrested in Essex (Basildon) and Heredfordshire (Hereford) respectively.



Christian Concern informed about both stories in a statement. Rob Hughes was arrested in Basildon on 4 September last year after a confrontation with a member of the public who wrongly accused him of using homophobic and offensive language. 



Despite clear evidence to the contrary, Rob was arrested by police and held in custody for 11 hours. During this time he was interviewed, a DNA sample was taken as well as his finger prints and a mug shot.



Rob was finally released just before midnight after police said they wouldn't press charges due to insufficient evidence



Rob receveived legal support from Christian Concern and he has now received £2,500 and a contribution towards his legal fees for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of his human rights as part of an out-of-court settlement. 



 



A SIMILAR CASE, THIS YEAR



Andrew Geuter was also arrested in Hereford on 23 April this year following a complaint made by a member of the public who wrongly accused him of making homophobic comments. 



Having spent 5 hours in police custody, Andrew was released on conditional bail. The police later informed him that they would not take further action again due to insufficient evidence. 



Andrew has been preaching in Hereford once a week for 11 years and during this time has experienced no trouble or complaints.



He commented that for a man who has never even received a parking ticket the prospect of having a criminal record was ‘extremely disturbing’


 

 


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