Six police swoop on preachers to make CBD arrest

THREE men have been excluded from Nambour's town centre after they were arrested while trying to preach on a street corner yesterday.

Kevin Red, Justin Kelly and Ryan Hemelaar are not allowed in the area between Howard, Currie and Carroll Streets and in line with James St under bail conditions imposed by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

Mr Red, 46, of Mooloolah, Mr Kelly, 39, of Annerley, and Ryan Hemelaar 26, of Alexandra Hills, appeared in court late yesterday charged with contravening a police direction by failing to obey a move-on order given to them earlier at Nambour.

The arrest of the men, street preachers with Operation 513, was a repeat of events last week when they were also charged with the same offence.

A witness to yesterday's arrest, Merisa Mumba, said she was surprised at the number of police - at least six or seven - present.

"There were quite a few people around and I don't think they were happy about it," she said. "It wasn't pleasant. (It) was kind of hostile."

Mr Red, Mr Kelly and Mr Hemelaar appeared in court after refusing to sign bail papers. Mr Kelly said afterwards he had hoped the magistrate might impose more reasonable bail conditions.

The three, who maintain they have a right to preach on the street under the Peaceful Assembly Act, are due to appear in court again on October 3 on all charges.

They said they did not want to break the law by returning to Nambour before then and would look for somewhere else to preach in the meantime.



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