Gregory Campbell highlights plight of Manchester street preacher

Gregory Campbell
Gregory Campbell

The case of a street preacher who was held in custody for 15 hours without food or water has been raised in the Commons.

East Londonderry DUP MP Gregory Campbell tabled a motion highlighting the incident, which saw the man receive £13,000 compensation from Greater Manchester police as result.

Mr Campbell said: “In this case, John Craven had been regularly preaching on the street in Manchester for seven years, and was arrested on public order offences after answering questions asked to him.

“He had not set out to cause any distress or alarm but was subject to questioning and then held for 15 hours without food, water or access to necessary medication.

“This motion not only highlights a particular case, but the problems that others across the UK have experienced in terms of infringements upon their religious liberty.”

He added: “I hope that this motion can help to highlight the issue and ensure that such cases do not occur anywhere across the United Kingdom in the future.”