Police admit attempt to ‘silence’ Christian street preacher for criticising other religions and atheism was ‘disproportionate’ as they back down in free speech row

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Bryn Harris, Chief Legal Officer for the Free Speech Union, said: “The state does not hold a monopoly on truth and the ability to discuss and debate ideas, including religious ideas, is the lifeblood of any genuinely free society.. Yet, repeatedly, we see this principle violated by unaccountable police officers and local councils who aggressively pursue their own ideological causes rather than using scarce public resources to tackle real crime.”

Rory Tingle, Daily Mail, 27th February 2024.