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Police to take no action over homophobic leaflets put through doors after Preston Pride event

Posted on - 30th September, 2014 - 7:41am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, News, Preston City Centre
The Flag Market saw the Preston Pride event take place on Saturday

The Flag Market saw the Preston Pride event take place on Saturday Pic: Neil Darby

No action is being taken by police after flyers with homophobic slurs were posted through Preston doors following the Pride festival on Saturday.

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The leaflet states “homosexuality is not natural. It never has been and it never will be.” and claims it is an “original sin.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are aware of a number of leaflets that have been distributed, but at this stage we are satisfied that no offences have been committed, although we do recognise that some people may have found the content offensive and upsetting.

“We have completed a number of incident reports and we will continue to monitor the situation and hopefully identify the individuals responsible for delivering them with a view to discussing the impact the leaflets have had.”

Preston Pride festival chairman Steve Griffin told BBC Lancashire he thought Christian “extremists were to blame”.

He said: “Obviously it’s upsetting. I understand there are laws we need to follow, but what would happen if we went round and stood outside their church and said that religion was wrong?” Mr Griffin said.

“It’s not the first time something like this has happened.

“They think the gay lifestyle is wrong. But what is interesting is they always seem to quote the Old Testament. If they quoted the New Testament, they’d see that it says ‘love thy neighbour’.”

Did you receive one of the leaflets? Did you attend the event? Let us know in the comments below

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