Controversial religious group buys up cinema

This is London, Aug. 15, 2002
From The Walthamstow Guardian

Thehistoric EMD cinema in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, has been sold to a religious group for £2.8 million.
The wealthy Universal Church of the Kingdom of God made owner Mohan Sharma an offer he couldn’t refuse.

He signed on the dotted line on Monday morning, despite being torn about it.

Yesterday he told the Guardian: “They pushed me, and although half of me didn’t want to sell it, I couldn’t be sure that I would ever get another offer again.”

The church group courted controversy last year by recommending exorcism for an eight-year-old girl, Victoria Climbie, just before she died after being the victim of prolonged torture at the hands of her great aunt and the woman’s boyfriend. The UCKG is currently being investigated by the Charity Commission for its distribution of money and on child protection issues.

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