A police officer told Martin Matthews he “had a choice of either getting arrested or moving on” – WARNING: video contains inappropriate language
A fathers’ rights activist who recently protested on the roof of MP Chris Grayling’s Ashtead home was moved on by police after heckling Tory members outside the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week.
Martin Matthews, 47, from Middlemead Road, Bookham, was advised about his conduct after shouting obscenities through a loudspeaker, including saying “you can stick your new world order up your a**e”.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “A man in his 40s was advised regarding his conduct under the Public Order Act. As a result of the warning, he left the area.
“He has not been banned from the vicinity or the conference.”
Speaking to Get Surrey, Mr Matthews said: “I was doing a little bit of heckling at the Tory party conference.
“They had put up security barriers so I could not see who I was speaking to, but I was just talking generally.
“I then heard someone saying to me ‘you are a nuisance’ and a policeman came over and said to me that I had the choice of either getting arrested or moving on. So I decided to move on.
“I am not annoyed at the police, they were very fair with me, and it was no skin off my nose to move on.”
A New Fathers 4 Justice statement added: “All he was doing was using a megaphone aimed at delegates.
“Once again the Conservative Party are trying to silence the voice of protest.”
Mr Matthews is due to appear at Redhill Magistrates’ Court on January 21, accused of causing criminal damage to Justice Secretary Mr Grayling’s home.