Cumbria Street Preacher Receives £4,000 Settlement After Wrongful Imprisonment

A Christian street preacher has been paid £4,000 plus costs from Cumbria Police in settlement after pursuing a claim for being wrongfully arrested and detained for six hours.

The Christian Institute supported Dale Mcalpine and said the result was a positive outcome “for Christians across the country.”

Mcalpine says he hopes his case will encourage others: “As long as you are reasonable in your preaching you should have nothing to fear from the police.”


The preacher, from Workington, Cumbria, was approached by three police officers in Kendal town centre in July 2018.

They arrested Dale and he was taken to Kendal Police Station, where he was held for questioning.

After being released without bail he was left in limbo for six months until the police eventually notified him that he would not be prosecuted.

The Christian Institute supported Dale in a claim against Cumbria Police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment. Cumbria opted to settle his claim without going to court.

Message of Salvation

Mcalpine has been a street preacher for nearly 15 years.

“I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His message of salvation and I want everyone to hear about it,” Mcalpine said. “I took this legal action to help the police realise you cannot arrest people just for preaching the Gospel. This is a free country and I’m grateful for our freedoms. I’m also extremely grateful to The Christian Institute for helping me take a stand. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Institute