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No action against Euro candidate Paul Weston over Islam remarks

  • 12 June 2014
  • From the section England
Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB, being arrested after making a speech quoting from a book by Winston Churchill about Islam in Winchester, Hampshire
Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB, was addressing passers-by in the street with a megaphone

Police have said they will take no further action against a man arrested after making a speech about Islam.

Paul Weston, chairman of Liberty GB and a candidate in the recent European elections, was arrested on 26 April after quoting Winston Churchill on the steps of Winchester Guildhall.

He was arrested for failing to comply with a dispersal order and on suspicion of religious or racial harassment.

Hampshire Police has now told Mr Weston he will not be charged.

Complaints

The 50-year-old from Dorset was arrested after complaints from members of the public.

He was detained after failing to comply with a request by police to move on under the powers of a dispersal order.

Mr Weston said he was apprehended after reading from Churchill's book The River War, written in 1899 while Churchill was a British army officer in Sudan.

He had been bailed until 24 May before it was cancelled by police and he was told no further action would be taken.

A spokesman for Liberty GB claimed Mr Weston's arrest "sparked a national and international outcry".

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