'NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE' TO CONVICT CHRISTIAN PREACHER
Paul Shaw was charged by Essex Police with a 'hate crime' after an election address was distributed in Colchester calling - in very moderate language - for a review of whether sodomy and other homosexual acts should remain legal.
But after raising questions of freedom of speech in a preliminary hearing four weeks ago, the CPS decided today that there was 'not enough evidence' to proceed.
Paul Shaw was understandably unhappy that they had not withdrawn the case completely and apologised.
The police have yet to return Paul's diaries seized in a completely over-the-top search of his flat in June. Christian Voice have promised to underwrite the costs of any action Paul decides to bring against the police for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
We also believe action should be taken against the two homosexual men from New Park Road, Colchester, whose vexatious complaint led to the police action.
A dozen Christians, from Colchester and farther away, came down to support Paul on the day.
THANK GOD that the case against Paul Shaw has been dropped. PRAY that action will be taken against the police to stop them doing the same to others. PRAY for positive reporting of the case in the press and for God to be glorified.
Continue to protest to the CPS:
Chief Crown Prosecutor of Essex
County House, 100 New London Road
Chelmsford, CM2 0RG
and Essex Police:
Chief Constable of Essex
PO BOX 2
Chelmsford, CM2 6DA