Shrine created in Winchester city centre in memory of dad’s rights campaigner Haydn Burton

Haydn Shrine

FRIENDS of a controversial campaigner who was found hanging in his prison cell have created a shrine in his memory.

Supporters of Haydn Burton, who died days after he was found unconscious in Winchester prison, have been leaving tributes an flowers outside an empty shop in the city centre.

It comes just days after an inquest into the death of the 42-year-old New Fathers 4 Justice campaigner was opened following his unexpected death.

Senior coroner for central Hampshire Graham Short opened the inquest last Thursday and adjourned it to a date to be fixed.

Tributes have been written on a whiteboard outside the shop in the High Street, between Cath Kidston and Lloyds Bank.

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Shoppers on Saturday were stopping to read it, including one from his grandmother that said: “God bless you my angel x”.

Other messages included: “RIP Brother”, “How many more innocent people have to die in police custody before the government does something?” and “Haydn ‘Superdad’ flying with angels. In our hearts forever, Mum xxx”.

The board has already been painted over twice and in an open letter to Winchester City Council his supporters are urging for it to remain in place.

The letter said: “Please show some respect for the dead by not white-washing over or removing any of these heartfelt messages for Haydn.”

As previously reported, Mr Burton was a member of New Fathers 4 Justice and was campaigning to highlight children’s rights including secret family courts.

He had become a well-known figure in Winchester over recent months for campaigning across the city dressed as Superman with a loud hailer.

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