Police Seize Banned CRADLE OF FILTH T-Shirts In New Zealand

June 8, 2011, 8 years ago

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According to Stuff.co.nz, clothing that describes Jesus Christ as a profanity was seized from a south Invercargill store by police yesterday.

Police took away the offending apparel after being asked to do so by Internal Affairs.

The tops would be sent to the department which would decide, after consulting with police, whether the owners of theImpuls'd store which sells them would be charged with any criminal offences.

The Southland Times yesterday revealed the store, owned byWarren and Angela Skill, was selling hooded tops with the words "Jesus is a c***" emblazoned on the back.

Sergeant Brock Davis, of Invercargill, said police visited the store mid-afternoon and seized between 10 and 15 hooded tops and long-sleeved t-shirts with the offending words on them. The owner was co-operative, he said.

People have been seen wearing the tops on city streets in the past week, with a 68-year-old visitor to the city saying she was horrified when she saw a man walking along Dunns Rd with the offending words emblazoned across his back.

In 2008, t-shirts with the same wording were banned by then chief censor Bill Hastings. The ban made any act of possessing, wearing, distributing or selling the t-shirt, or another top with the same wording and imagery, illegal.

Sarah Shirley, an 18-year-old Invercargill resident who was wearing one of the tops in the city this week, said yesterday it was ridiculous that police had seized the hooded tops from the store.

The tops advertise an album for British extreme metal group CRADLE OF FILTH.

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