I didn’t know anything about this case even though I live in Gloucestershire, but on the face of it, it certainly appears the council official was overzealous in their attempt to prohibit Christians handing out tracts in Gloucester City Centre.
A group of Christians banned by a council from handing out leaflets containing passages from the Bible has won an apology.
Gloucester City Council admitted it was wrong to stop worshippers distributing material at a Bible Day celebration.
The council issued its apology a day after The Mail on Sunday contacted officials to ask how it justified the ban.
Church leaders in Gloucester complained after an official interrupted the event in June, where more than 30 Christians, including a retired Church of England vicar, had gathered at The Cross, a pedestrianised part of the city.
They say the celebration, which included Bible readings and the distribution of a leaflet called Jesus The Suffering Saviour, was ruined by a council employee who told them that distribution of leaflets contravened a 2002 bylaw on anti-touting.
Christian Concern threatened the council with legal action.