Chris Grayling’s house scaled by New Fathers for Justice protester dressed as Elmo

New Fathers for Justice say the pair have a tent and enough supplies to last several days

Martin Matthews and Bobby Smith, as Elmo, on the roof
Martin Matthews and Bobby Smith, as Elmo, on the roof

A tenacious fathers’ rights protester has revisited the scene of previous misdemeanours with another rooftop protest on top of MP Chris Grayling’s Ashtead home.

Martin Matthews, 48, from Great Bookham , scaled the Park Lane property with fellow campaigner Bobby Smith, dressed as Elmo, at around 2pm on Wednesday (October 21).

The New Fathers for Justice protesters are familiar with the territory, with Mr Matthewsscaling the same roof on August 19 last year.

He went on to be found guilty of criminal damage at Redhill Magistrates’ Court over the incident, where he chose to stage another rooftop protest .

The latest demonstration is in partnership with fellow campaigners Stop the War on Dads, as the groups fight for more rights for fathers in the British justice system.

Mr Matthews reflected on his previous visit to the house of the MP for Epsom and Ewell and leader of the House of Commons.

“I haven’t been able to sleep for a year knowing that I had damaged his roof, it played on my conscience so my much I have revisited his home to repair the small holes I made last time,” Mr Matthews said.

Martin Matthews on the roof of MP Chris Grayling's home on Wednesday October 21
Martin Matthews on the roof of MP Chris Grayling’s home on Wednesday October 21

Mr Smith, 33, from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, stood against David Cameron dressed as Elmo in the 2015 general election, and recently scaled Westminster Abbey on Fathers’ Day.

He said: “I haven’t had any real contact with my children since May 2011. There should be a starting point of 50-50 for parenting.

“I have used Elmo costume in the past because that’s what I used to call both my children when we were together.”

New Fathers for Justice say the pair have a tent and enough supplies for ‘several days’.

A spokesman for the group added: “We want nothing less than a legal presumption of equal contact for a child with their parents if they split up, and the abolition of the deeply controversial, undemocratic secret court system that still exists within the ‘family’ division despite forty years of inequality and protest.”

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