A Somerset man says he is facing persecution after a petition calling for him to be banned from preaching in Taunton town centre received thousands of signatures.
Michael Overd has been accused of making offensive and homophobic remarks to people on the streets.
He denies it, saying that he instead has become the victim of abuse.
Despite his protests, Overd has once been given a dispersal order banning him from Bridgwater town centre for 48 hours.
Earlier in the year, he won an appeal against a conviction for a religiously aggravated public order offence.
Overd says he does it because of his "care for people".
Taunton shop manager, Leon Da Silva, who set up the petition to ban Michael Overd from preaching in the town centre, says what he says in public is "horrible".
Overd has said that if he is banned from preaching somewhere, he will merely go somewhere else.
He says he believes he is just following orders, like he once did in the army, despite the obstacles.
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