Campaigners from New Fathers 4 Justice were intent on gluing a plaque from the She Guardian sculpture in London to the £625,000 statue at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds
Fathers’ equal rights campaigners removed a plaque from a new sculpture in London and then drove 22 miles to try to glue it to the new statue of the Queen at Runnymede.
New Fathers 4 Justice (NF4J) said it removed the plaque from Russian artist Dashi Namdakov’s 35ft ‘She Guardian’ sculpture at Marble Arch last Saturday (August 8) as it “promotes feminism”.
The group members then drove the hour-journey to Runnymede Pleasure Grounds in Egham to attempt to glue it to the £625,000 statue, but said “they had been disturbed”.
A spokesman for NF4J said: “This statue [She Guardian] promotes feminism and should not have been placed so prominently in London to become a feminist icon.
“We will continue to keep targeting the statue.
“The Queen’s badge is on every family court in the country so she must be made accountable for that injustice that happens behind the closed doors of her secret family courts.
“Sometimes the villains are not always obvious so it is up to superheroes to highlight and fight injustice.
“Evil exists where you least expect it and relies on the ignorance of ordinary people to survive.
“Please do not assume it happens outside the scope of your life.”
The 4m-high bronze image of the monarch was gifted to the borough council from the Runnymede Magna Carta Legacy Limited, a company set up by then deputy mayor Derek Cotty, Councillor Paul Tuley and Paul Beck.
Mayor of Runnymede Cllr Cotty was not aware of the incident until he was informed by Get Surrey.
“I think anyone who acts in an irresponsible way with other people’s property has something to answer for – whatever their cause,” he said.
“I’m disappointed and very sad. I can only say I have just come back from there [the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds] myself.
“There are an awful lot of people admiring the statue for the real reason for it being there.
“It’s drawing crowds for the right reasons rather than the wrong reasons, I am delighted to report.”
Unveiling of Queen statue at Magna Carta ceremonyThe statue was unveiled for the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations
Ahead of the launch of a two-week public consultation in March to gather views from the public on the statue, Egham councillor David Knight had claimed it might have to be placed inside a cage for security purposes.
Surrey Police said it had not received any reports of damage to the statue.
“Police did not attend but the local safer neighbourhood officer has now been made aware,” a spokesman said.
“Officers have been advised, the statue has been viewed and nothing untoward is apparent.”
Westminster City Council confirmed vandalism had taken place at the She Guardian site and that it would be working with Halycon Gallery, which owns the sculpture, to ensure the police were informed.
The Metropolitan Police said it had not received any reports of criminal damage to the sculpture.