“A FAR-RIGHT politician is to sue Merseyside police for flying a gay rights flag above a police station.
English Democrat Paul Rimmer, who recently failed in his bid to become mayor of Liverpool, was arrested in May after an argument in Toxteth’s Admiral Street police station over the flying of the iconic rainbow flag.
He answers police bail later this month, but has served the police with papers stating his intention to mount a private prosecution.
City leaders today condemned Mr Rimmer’s actions and praised the police for flying the flag on International Day Against Homophobia.
Mr Rimmer was arrested in May after an argument with a female member of staff behind the counter in the police station. He quoted a well-known extract from the book of Leviticus in the Bible at her. After leaving the station, he was approached by two police officers and told he was being arrested. Mr Rimmer, who says he is a devout Christian, said he was arrested on suspicion of committing a homophobic hate crime.
He was then driven to Belle Vale police station and held in cells for almost six hours before being released on bail.
Today deputy council leader Paul Brant said: “These are bonkers views. The rainbow flag was flown on International Day Against Homophobia, which is marked right across the world, and the police should be praised for their impulsivity.
“The English Democrats were rejected at the recent elections and we should focus on what unites us rather than divides us.”
Liberal group leader Cllr Steve Radford described Mr Rimmer’s views as “bigoted fantasy”.”
The full Liverpool Echo article can be found here;