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From CPS to police patrols – wokery, wokery everywhere


LAST week, after Just Stop Oil protesters delayed the England cricket team’s bus on its way to Lord’s, I contacted the Metropolitan Police press office. Video footage of the police arriving showed the officers’ reverential behaviour towards activists causing inconvenience to people who had bought tickets for the match. I was struck by the contrast with the brutal arrest of Christian street preacher Pastor John Sherwood in 2021 when he was not blocking a road or preventing anyone from getting to work.

A spokesman had the courtesy to reply: ‘It looks like the man you refer to was arrested under the Public Order Act. There have been multiple protesters arrested recently for breach of Section 12 Conditions. We have been issuing information every day recently from @metpoliceevents.’

Under pressure from growing public outrage, the Met has had to act against the disrupters by invoking Section 12 of the Public Order Act 1986, which gives the police powers to prevent ‘serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community’ on roads. But does not the sycophantic behaviour of the woke police towards the priestly caste of the eco-religion over the past two years show those officers’ true ideological colours?

After Met officers arrested Pastor Sherwood on Uxbridge High Street in April 2021, I covered the story for Christian Today He had been preaching on Genesis 1v27 and had said the family unit as ordained by God consisted of a father and a mother, not two fathers or two mothers.

In an email to the Met press office, I quoted from his preaching partner Peter Simpson’s report on TCW: ‘The pastor was driven to a police detention centre near Heathrow Airport, where he was kept overnight and not released until around noon the next day. His solicitor described the attitude of officers during the formal interview procedure as very unpleasant. One of the questions which Pastor Sherwood was surprisingly asked was what would he do if one of his own children were homosexual? It is surely the task of police to ask questions about the specific alleged offence, not more general questions about why someone holds a personal view on an aspect of Biblical morality. Altogether, the preacher was detained for around 21 hours.’ 

I asked: ‘Can the Met confirm whether Pastor Sherwood was interrogated in the manner described? And has he been charged for an offence under the Public Order Act?’

The response cited allegations of ‘homophobic comments’:

‘At 13:35hrs on Friday, 23 April, officers on patrol were flagged down by a member of the public who made them aware of a man allegedly making homophobic comments close to Uxbridge Underground Station.

‘A number of other people also approached the officers with concerns about the man’s language.

‘Officers spoke with the 71-year-old man and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

‘He was taken to a west London police station and later released under investigation.

‘A file has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service [CPS] for review and consideration.’

The CPS charged Pastor Sherwood with an offence under the Public Order Act later in 2021. A district judge at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court dismissed the charge against him in April 2022. 

Why did the CPS proceed with a prosecution which clearly did not meet the threshold for an offence under the Public Order Act, thereby subjecting an innocent man to a year-long ordeal before he was cleared? The answer surely has to be because the CPS is riddled with wokery.

In September 2021, Peter Simpson reported on TCW that 14 police officers had prevented him from proclaiming the Christian message in Uxbridge. 

I contacted the Met press office about this:           

‘Is the Met aware that it is not against the law to criticise homosexual practice? The Public Order Act includes a specific free speech protection.

‘Why was Mr Simpson moved on by 14 Met officers when he was not preventing anyone going about their lawful business, unlike climate alarmists on the M25 whom some police officers appeared to be supporting?’

I linked to a Mail on Sunday column by Peter Hitchens in which he wrote:

‘The behaviour of the police towards Green protesters on the M25 tells us a great deal about the revolution which has overtaken this country . . . Whatever your own opinions may be, it has been growing clearer for several years that some types of protester are now treated more gently than others.’  

A press officer replied courteously but cited complaints about ‘homophobic language’:

‘On Friday, 20 August at 13:23 hrs police were called to High Street, Uxbridge.

‘Officers had received complaints that a man preaching at the location was using homophobic language.

‘Officers attended, spoke to the man and gave words of advice.

‘No arrests were made.’

‘Homophobia’, which anyone who stands up for the God-created institution of heterosexual marriage is deemed guilty of, is the cardinal sin in the eyes of the woke police. They regard eco-fanaticism, which they are temporarily having to push back against, as a virtue. Is it not therefore clear that under the neo-Marxist religion that has taken over the West, there is an ideological caste system and the woke police are enforcing it?

That would seem to be the price this nation is now paying for forsaking Christianity.

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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