A MALVERN group campaigning for world peace received a positive reaction from shoppers in Barnards Green when they protested against Allied bombing in Afghanistan.

Nine members from Malvern Churches Justice & Peace Group took to the streets last Saturday, urging passers-by to sign a petition calling for terrorists to be pursued instead through diplomatic channels and by legal means.

Group spokesman Eileen Richardson: "People were very good. Of course, you get people who say no, but it was very responsive.

"People like to stop and talk and share a bit about their thoughts."

The group says military action will not remove the terrorist threat and claims the root causes of global terrorism should be addressed through international co-operation.

Its next event will be a service at St Mathias's Church, in Malvern Link, on Friday, December 28. The service, which takes place between 11am and noon, coincides with the Feast of the Holy Innocents and will place emphasis on the International Decade for Creating a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Child.

Prayers For Peace continue to be held on Mondays at The United Reformed Church, in Malvern Link. The sessions are open to everyone to attend.