CCTV images have been released after a man touched himself inappropriately at Blackfriars station.
The images were released following an incident on Thursday, 5 September. Detective Constable Tony Gittins, the investigating officer, said: “A man was at the station around 7.15pm, when he began to touch himself inappropriately.
"A member of rail staff approached him and asked him to leave the station. As he did so, he continued to touch himself in front of a female passenger.”
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A Muslim woman, known only as D, has been allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence, a judge has ruled.
Judge Murphy said that when the woman is asked to take off the niqab ahead of giving evidence, she should be given some time to reflect.
If she refuses the judge should not allow her to give evidence and must give the jury a clear direction.
– Judge Peter Murphy, Blackfriars Crown Court
The judge said it was necessary for a democratic society to restrict the rights of a defendant to wear a niqab during court proceedings.
Balancing the right of religious manifestation against the rights and freedoms of the public, the press and other interested parties such as the complainant in the proper administration of justice, the latter must prevail over D's right to manifest her religion or belief during the proceedings against her to the extent necessary in the interests of justice.
No tradition or practice, whether religious or otherwise, can claim to occupy such a privileged position that the rule of law, open justice and the adversarial trial process are sacrificed to accommodate it.That is not a discrimination against religion, it is a matter of upholding the rule of law in a democratic society.
A Muslim woman will be allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil but must remove it while giving evidence, a judge has ruled.
Lawyers for the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had argued that it would breach her human rights and be counter to Britain's tolerance of Islamic dress to remove her niqab against her wishes.
In general, the defendant is free to wear the niqab during trial.If the defendant gives evidence she must remove the niqab throughout her evidence.The court may use its inherent powers to do what it can to alleviate any discomfort, for example by allowing the use of screens or allowing her to give evidence by live link.
A problem with a set of points just north of Elephant and Castle station is preventing southbound servicesfrom leaving Blackfriars. Northbound trains are still running but we will eventually see these services thin out unless we can restore the southbound service.