John was wrongfully arrested by police and held in custody for over 19 hours. He received £13,000 compensation for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of his human rights.

The Christian Institute supported Mr Craven’s case through its Legal Defence Fund.

Greater Manchester Police had accused John of public order offences after two teenage boys approached him in September 2011 and asked what he thought of homosexuals.

John responded by quoting the Bible’s stance on homosexuality, but said that “whilst God hates sin He loves the sinner”. Mr Craven was arrested by Police Constable Alistair McKittrick for a public order offence, after the pair told the officer they felt insulted by Mr Craven’s comments.

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