Arrest of Christians in London (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6196
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Why was Christian street preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi arrested outside Southgate tube station on 23rd February?

Answers

Answer for Arrest of Christians in London (1)
Arrest of Christians in London (1)

Arrest of Christians in London (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Met have stated that the officers were responding to a call from a member of the public who was concerned both about the specific language being used by the preacher, and the preacher’s own safety. The police will always investigate any allegation about language or behaviour that could amount to a crime. In this case the officers took a decision to detain the preacher in order to prevent a breach of the peace. He was taken away from the area and subsequently de-arrested.

The Met have confirmed that the de-arrest took place some distance away from the original incident, around three and a half miles. They have also confirmed that any information provided by them that suggested he was released much closer to the area, was given in error and has been corrected. Given that there is an ongoing professional standards review of the police response it would not be right to speculate about the decisions taken.