“Anti-gay preacher arrested for ‘homophobic’ election leaflets”
A Christian street preacher has been arrested for distributing leaflets which allegedly said gay men and lesbians should be “locked up”.
Paul Shaw, 62, of Duffield Drive, Colchester, stood as an independent candidate in May’s general election, although he polled just 20 votes.
He did not specify his political beliefs or describe himself on the ballot paper but a member of the public complained to police after being handed one of his election leaflets.
According to the Colchester Daily Gazette, it condemned gays and lesbians and said they should be jailed.
Mr Shaw was arrested on June 11th on suspicion of inciting hatred, specifically homophobia. He was released on bail without charge until the middle of next month.
He is known around the town as a street preacher and was arrested in February after police received complaints he was ranting at shoppers about the “evils” of homosexuality.
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