Angus Cameron received £5,500 in damages, plus £9,400 in legal costs, from Police Scotland after he was wrongfully arrested while street preaching in Glasgow.

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The former Pastor of Cumnock Baptist Church in Ayrshire donated all the compensation to The Christian Institute, which supported his legal action. The Institute is approaching the police force about how to better respond to vexatious complaints against innocent street preachers.

Mr Cameron was preaching in Buchanan Street in the centre of Glasgow in 2022 when he was accused of using ‘homophobic language’ and subsequently handcuffed, publicly searched and left in a police van for over an hour. This was despite bystanders verifying that he had not been offensive or aggressive.

Angus Cameron arrest photos

Two days later, Mr Cameron was telephoned by the arresting officer and told he would no longer be prosecuted for ‘breach of the peace with homophobic aggravation’ but that a ‘non-crime hate incident report’ would be logged against his name.

Police Scotland has now deleted all reference to the unsubstantiated ‘non-crime’ from its records, following the successful settlement.


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