A candidate in the Hillsborough and Brightside by-election has been sanctioned by the courts after spending several hours on the roof of a police station dressed as a Sesame Street character.
Bobby Smith, who is standing for the Give Me Back Elmo party, climbed onto the roof of Stevenage police station dressed as Elmo on February 15. He also let off a flare as part of a publicity campaign for the New Fathers 4 Justice group.
Smith was found guilty of aggravated trespass at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday April 8 and given a community order to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also told to pay £620 in costs and a £60 surcharge.
He posted on his Facebook page that he had received donations from supporters to help pay the fine.
Gill Furniss, Christine Gilligan Kubo, Stevie Manion, Shaffaq Mohammed, Spencer Pitfield and Steven Winstone will all stand against Smith in the the Hillsborough and Brightside by-election on May 5.
Bobby Smith said: “I am standing in the election to give the people of Brightside and Hillsborough the opportunity to help to make a real change to our future by ensuring children have the right to both parents upon separation.
“The main parties mostly only have policies regarding money, mine are all about families. I’m sure many people in the constituency would have been affected by the fact that fathers in this country have less rights to protect them than an animal on the way to the slaughter house.”
Smith formed the Give Me Back Elmo party in 2015 and stood against Prime Minister David Cameron in his Witney constituency during the general election. He received 37 votes.
New Fathers 4 Justice, a separate splinter group of Fathers4Justice UK, campaigns for equal rights for fathers in divorce and separation proceedings and reform of the family courts.