Following his arrest, town centre officials and police say they are now “monitoring” the situation.
Mr Hughes was heard telling Basildon Council’s town centre wardens that he was allowed to preach on the street under old bylaws.
However, Hans Wustefield, of the Basildon Town Centre Management, said he believed any religious groups should apply for a permit, either with them or Basildon Council. He said: “Anyone who wants to do something in the town centre –whether it is preaching or holding an event – must apply for a permit with either us or the council.”
Insp Mark Rayner, of Basildon police, said officers would also be monitoring whether Mr Hughes returns to the town.Keeping us safe in Woolwich:
A man with a walking stick who could be called Les or Des is wanted by police after he hurled racist remarks at a group of pub-goers in Woolwich.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Phil Corbett said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man in the image.
“I am specifically appealing to pub managers in south-east London who may recognise him. “We believe he is known in various public houses, possibly under the name of Les or Des.”Recognise him, Edwin..? ;)