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News: UK

Fri 28 May, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


This can't just be brushed under the carpet, freedom of speech is too precious for that

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Christian Preacher Dale Mcalpine, who was arrested for telling the police that homosexuality was a sin as he preached in the street, has now decided to sue the local force for wrongful arrest.

Cumbria Police arrested Mcapline in April after a community support officer (PCSO) and liaison officer for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community approached him for preaching against homosexuality in Workington, Cumbria.

After later being released due to freedom of expression Mcalpine, 42, now wishes to take action against Cumbria Police and sue them for false imprisonment and unlawful interference with his right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

According to BBC News, Mcalpine said about his decision: "As a Christian man, I forgive the police for their actions.

However, I also want to protect others who may face similar problems in the future.

"This can't just be brushed under the carpet, freedom of speech is too precious for that."

A spokesperson for Cumbria Police also reportedly said to the network about the matter: "We can confirm that we have received a letter from Mr Mcalpine however we will be unable to comment further on this at this time.

"We would like to reassure the public that we respect, and are committed to upholding, the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

"We are just as committed to maintaining the peace and preventing people feeling alarmed or distressed by the actions of others in public places."

 

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