Two charged after Canterbury Cathedral protest

    Two men from South Yorkshire were charged with causing a disturbance in a church after a protest during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter Sunday sermon. Police named the men as Kyle Spotswood, 26, of Dagenham Road, and Sidney Cordle, 52, of Knowle Lane, both Sheffield. They were arrested following an incident at Canterbury Cathedral. A spokeswoman for Kent Police said they had been charged under Section Two of the 1860 Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act, which says it is an offence to disrupt a church service. The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison if found guilty. The two men were released on police bail. They will attend Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on April 7. During the service two men with placards bearing the words “Support the persecuted church” and “No to Sharia law” stood in front of the pulpit as Dr Rowan Williams began to speak, but were swiftly removed by police. The men were protesting against recent comments made by Dr Williams regarding the adoption of Islamic Sharia law in Britain.

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