Police facing action over teenage protester’s arrest

A human rights group has pledged to take action against a police force which tried to prosecute a teenager for branding Scientology a “cult“.

The 16-year-old faced prosecution after refusing to get rid of a placard which said “Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult” at a protest outside the church’s headquarters in London on 10 May.

He was told that his sign breached the Public Order Act, which makes it an offence to display a sign that is “threatening, insulting or abusive”, but yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service said no action would be taken against the teenager.

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The human rights group Liberty, whose lawyers have been advising the boy, is now considering action against the City of London Police.

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