Martin Reynolds, 46, was taken into police custody outside a fundraising event for the far-right party in St Helens at 6pm [15 March 2014].
Merseyside Police confirmed officers were called to Forrester Avenue, Thatto Heath, by a woman reporting that a man had got out of a car and made a derogatory remark towards her.
Mr Reynolds, who is from the Leeds area, was then arrested on suspicion of an aggravated public order offence.
Is insulting a lesbian a public order offence? Is calling a woman who is not a lesbian a lesbian a public order offence?
Have the police ever heard of the de minimis rule?
If vulgar abuse cannot give rise to an action in defamation, then how can it become a criminal offence?
A statement that amounts to an insult or is mere vulgar abuse is not defamatory. This is because the words do not convey a defamatory meaning to those who heard them (simple abuse is unlikely to cause real damage to a reputation).