Fathers4Justice splinter group scales Westminster Abbey in Father’s Day protest

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Two men from a Fathers4Justice splinter group have scaled Westminster Abbey in a Father’s Day protest.

The pair, named as Stevenage man Bobby Smith and James Dennis, of Gloucestershire, hung banners from scaffolding at the top of the iconic central London church.

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One read “parental alienation” and accused “the evil courts” of “child abuse”.

They were identified as belonging to New Fathers4Justice – which is not connected with the similarly-named fathers’ rights charity.

Another banner bore the words “give me back Elmo” – the name of the party Mr Smith formed to run against David Cameron in Witney last month.

The 33-year-old polled 37 votes to the Prime Minister’s 35,201, claiming Mr Cameron had “ignored” him for “the whole campaign”.

New Fathers4Justice said in a statement: “Father’s Day is an emotional time for fathers denied access to their children.”

Banners: Bobby Smith after climbing Westminster Abbey to hang signs from the scaffolding (Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire)Uniformed police officers stood at the foot of the Abbey watching the protesters.

Speaking from the top of the scaffolding, he alleged he had been denied access to his children, telling the Press Association: “We chose Westminster Abbey because it’s such an iconic church.

“And because it’s Father’s Day – we haven’t just done this on the spur of the moment.

“I have got two kids and I have no access at all to them. I haven’t seen one of them for over two years, and before that it was supervised contact.

“Fathers’ rights just aren’t on the political agenda.”

He added: “Kids are much worse off without their fathers around. We can’t sit back and let our children grow up without us.”

Scotland Yard could not immediately say whether the men had been arrested, but it is not thought their protest had been sanctioned by police.

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