Red Bull Air Race could be disrupted by fathers’ rights protest

Campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice may set off 250 purple balloons during the race

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People attending the Red Bull Air Race in Ascot are advised of a potential protest by father’s rights group New Fathers 4 Justice.

According to a source who wished to remain anonymous, supporters of the group plan to send up 250 purple balloons emblazoned with their logo during the air race, which takes place on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16.

The source said: “Feelings among the group are running high after the death in custody of Haydn ‘Superman’ Burton.”

Mr Burton was being held on remand in Winchester Prison, facing a charge of assault.

He was also due to be sentenced at crown court for possessing an offensive weapon, criminal damage to a police cell and breach of a criminal behaviour order.

He was found hanging in his cell on Wednesday, July 15 and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on the Saturday.

The source continued: “The plans were discussed at Haydn’s funeral on Friday, August 7.

“The balloons will be set off from an area north of the course, wind permitting.

“I agree with some of their ideals but just don’t like these crazy ideas.”

Thames Valley Police are aware of the plans.

A spokesman for the police said: “TVP is reviewing the potential for protest by New Fathers 4 Justice at the Red Bull Air Race.

“In such situations, the Force works with protest organisers to facilitate a peaceful demonstration. Our aim is always to ensure that the impact on local people, businesses and visitors is minimised.”

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best pilots testing out their speed, precision and skill as agile planes are manoeuvred down a low-aerial track made up of 25 metre high air-filled pylons.

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