[Hat Tip: The Pub Philosopher]
I’d be grateful if anyone can confirm/corroborate this story…
According to a post on enturbulation.org:
A mini raid on the “org” in Birmingham today ended with four demonstrators handing out leaflets being issued with £50 fixed penalty tickets by Police and a Birmingham city warden under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act.
On two previous ocassions Police had warned them they were breaking the law for handing out leaflets.
Another interesting interpretation or perhaps (mis) interpretation of the law given the Act was designed to stop people handing out commercial flyers, and Section 8.8 of the act allows for the “distribution of leaflets where the distribution is charitable or religious purposes so as not to inhibit right to freedom of expression and freedom of thought and conscience and religion enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998”..
A PCSO from the same police force recently told a couple of Christians that they could not hand out leaflets in a Muslim area.