New Fathers for Justice protesters freed after scaling Chris Grayling’s house

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

The pair had a tent and supplies to last several days whilst making a stand for father’s rights

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

Two men arrested on suspicion of harassment after climbing onto the roof of MP Chris Grayling’s Ashtead home have been released without charge.

Martin Matthews, 48, of Great Bookham, and Bobby Smith, 33, of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, scaled the roof in Park Lane on the afternoon of Wednesday October 21.

It was part of an ongoing campaign by New Fathers 4 Justice and Stop the War on Dads.

Mr Matthews had also protested on Mr Grayling’s roof in August last year.

He said: “I went back dressed as Bob the Builder with some silicone to repair the small holes caused by my banner during the last protest.”7

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The New Fathers for Justice protesters are familiar with the territory, with Mr Matthews scaling 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.

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