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14:16 | 29th March 2017

News: UK

Thu 28 Jul, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


It’s not right that he should condemn us, and make us feel threatened and intimidated in the middle of town

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Two men have filed a hate crime allegation after they were victims of a tirade of homophobic slurs by a Taunton street preacher who proceeded to tell them they would 'burn in hell'.

Craig Manning and his civil partner, who refused to be named, were the victims of public homophobic slurs whilst walking in through the high street of the South West town of Taunton earlier this month.

The street preacher is apparently notorious for vocalising his beliefs and the words of the bible in the town.

According to ThisIsTheWestCountry.co.uk, Manning said about the experience: “If people want to preach the word of the Bible they can do so, but I don’t think they should be shouting homophobic abuse up the high street at people.



“Everyone in the street turned and looked when he started shouting.

“It’s not right that he should condemn us, and make us feel threatened and intimidated in the middle of town.”

Sgt Tony Crowter of Avon & Somerset neighbourhood policing team told the site: “This man was walking through the town centre when someone shouted abuse at him because of his sexuality.

“This left the victim feeling harassed and distressed. This is clearly not acceptable behaviour, and it will not be tolerated anywhere in Avon and Somerset.”

Avon & Somerset police have asked any witnesses of the incident to call police on 0845-4567000.

 

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