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Pair climb palace roof in fathers' rights protest

By David Mercer

Published 30/11/2015

Activists last night climbed on to a roof at Buckingham Palace in a protest over fathers' rights.

Martin Matthews (48), and Bobby Smith (33), used a ladder to breach security after another campaigner caused a distraction outside the palace, a spokesman for the activists said.

They scaled the roof of the Queen's Gallery, a public art gallery at Buckingham Palace, at around 3.15pm and held a banner which read: "I am Harry's dad", according to the spokesman.

The demonstration is part of a joint campaign by the groups New Fathers 4 Justice and Stop The War On Dads.

They have called for equal rights for fathers in divorce and separation proceedings and reform of the family courts.

A third activist, James Dennis, from Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire, also attempted to scale the roof but failed as security arrived.

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