Police probe New Fathers 4 Justice graffiti in Stevenage

New Fathers 4 Justice graffiti along A602 in Stevenage

Graffiti demanding justice for a late fathers’ rights campaigner is being treated as criminal damage.

The message, scrawled on a fence next to the A602 in Stevenage, refers to a Haydn Burton – lately of the campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice.

Mr Burton was found dead in Winchester Prison last month.

A police spokesman said the graffiti was being treated as criminal damage and was the subject of an investigation.
A similar message was spotted on a banner alongside the A1(M) between Junction 7 and 8, but is not being probed by police.

Bobby Smith
Bobby Smith protests a visit to Stevenage by Harriet Harman

Bobby Smith, a New Fathers 4 Justice activist who lives in the town, denied responsibility for the messages but said he supported them.

Mr Smith has confronted prominent politicians about fathers’ rights on a number of occasions and ran against David Cameron in his Witney constituency in the General Election.

He said: “I can’t take credit for the banners as they were done by another activist who lives in Stevenage. Of course, I fully support it and will most likely be doing similar soon.

“I met Haydn around a year ago at a protest in Central London. He had not seen his daughter for a long time.

“He asked my advice on how to protest, so I told him. He was a great protester and would campaign daily in his home town under the New Fathers 4 Justice banner while dressed as Superman.”

New Fathers 4 Justice confirmed local activists were visited by police on Wednesday afternoon.

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