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Street preachers who were stopped by police accuse the Met of putting LGBT rights ahead of others

A pastor who was accompanying a street preacher arrested outside a London tube station has told Premier he believes the Met Police are putting the rights of gay people ahead of others.

Pastor Peter Simpson from Buckinghamshire was preaching with Pastor John Sherwood, 71, outside Uxbridge Station last week when the officers asked them to stop as complaints had been made regarding homophobic comments. 

Pastor John Sherwood was arrested but released later under investigation. A video shared online showed the pastor remonstrating with two police officers before he was pulled from a raised platform and taken away in handcuffs.

Pastor Peter told Premier he believes the police are being biased towards one group: "I would say to them, you have actually already proven that you cannot be impartial in dealing with preachers, especially when it comes to LGBT matters," he said. "Because of your brazen participation all around the country, in Pride events. Police cars are painted in rainbow colours.

"It is a political move. Taking part in the parade of campaigning groups who are involved in political activism. The police should be divorced from political activism."

Pastor Peter added that the police incident hasn't put him off preaching about homosexuality in the future: "Well, we've never majored on it. But we do refer to it, like we refer to abortion. And again, this does upset some Christian people, sadly, but we feel that there is a duty to mention the sins of any one generation."

"And the endless promotion of the LGBT agenda. You see, we're not talking about a few homosexuals, just quietly wanting to get on with their own lifestyle. The LGBT movement is trying to mold the whole of society," Pastor Peter claimed.

The Met says the case of Pastor John Sherwood has been assessed by its Directorate of Professional Standards and no further review will be necessary.

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