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Big Brother – watching you?

There are fears of a state-sanctioned police clampdown on street evangelists, now that the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 has come into effect.

Nicola Laver

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Angus Cameron (left, quoted) with Dale McAlpine, a preacher from Grace Baptist Church in Workington.

The new laws give police greater powers to crack down on disruptive noisy protests, which could include a single person protest such as an open-air preacher. Officers now have the power to prevent protests or impose conditions on them if they reasonably believe the protest may cause serious disruption to or cause a significant impact (includes alarm or distress) on those nearby.