Campaigners for fathers’ rights stage protest on balcony of Boris Johnson’s London house while the mayor is inside r

  • Bobby Smith, 34, scaled the balcony in North London at 10.30 this morning
  • He was with protester Martin Matthews, 48, campaigning for paternal rights 
  • The pair hung up banners and shouted to supporters using a megaphone 
  • The protesters were arrested by Metropolitan Police this afternoon
  • At least 10 police officers were at the scene as well as a fire crew 
  • See more news on Boris Johnson as campaigners protest on his balcony 

Protesters campaigning for paternal rights scaled a balcony at Boris Johnson‘s North London home while the London mayor was inside.

Bobby Smith, 34, and Martin Matthews, 48, arrived at the address at 10.30 this morning and scaled the balcony with a ladder.

They were both arrested this afternoon by Metropolitan Police.

Speaking from the balcony earlier Mr Smith, an HGV driver from Stevenage, told MailOnline: ‘There is a good chance Boris is going to be the next prime minister so we try to target the most high-profile people.

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Bobby Smith, 34, (right) and Martin Matthews, 48, (left) were arrested this afternoon by Metropolitan Police 

Bobby Smith, 34, (right) and Martin Matthews, 48, (left) were arrested this afternoon by Metropolitan Police

The pair, one of whom was dressed as comic book hero Iron Man, arrived at the address at 10.30 this morning and scaled the balcony with a ladder

The pair, one of whom was dressed as comic book hero Iron Man, arrived at the address at 10.30 this morning and scaled the balcony with a ladder

Mr Matthews also engaged in the protest

Mr Smith said: 'You need to stand up and not accept what has happened'

Mr Matthews (left) and Mr Smith (right) being taken down from the balcony and arrested at the address

‘He has had eight years as Mayor of London but has done nothing to help solve the problem of fatherless children.

‘We want him to use his position to secure equal rights for fathers in London and the rest of the UK.’

He and fellow campaigner Martin Matthews hung up banners around Mr Johnson’s London home and shouted down to supporters using a megaphone.

The father-of-two said: ‘I spent three and a half years fighting in the courts to get access to my children but I became so infuriated I eventually gave up.

‘It’s no good sitting at home getting depressed and getting upset at how much you miss your kids.

‘You need to stand up and not accept what has happened.

Mr Smith said: 'Not seeing your children is a travesty. The lack of justice and equality for fathers to see their children is one of the biggest social scandals of our time'

A third campaigner Abdul Sattar (above) was arrested on the pavement outside the property

A third campaigner Abdul Sattar (above) was arrested on the pavement outside the property

Mr Smith and Mr Matthews are leading members of the New Fathers 4 Justice and Stop the War on Dads campaign groups

Mr Smith and Mr Matthews are leading members of the New Fathers 4 Justice and Stop the War on Dads campaign groups

‘There’s no equality for fathers in family law. I want nothing less than a legal presumption of equal contact for a child with their parents if they split up.

‘We have a secretive legal system that is utterly out of touch with the way we live now, in a world where mothers work and dads change nappies, push buggies and spend hours cuddling their children in exactly the same way that good mothers do.

‘Not seeing your children is a travesty. The lack of justice and equality for fathers to see their children is one of the biggest social scandals of our time.’

Mr Smith said he saw Boris Johnson leave the property at 12.30pm.

He said: ‘I saw some curtains twitch but I didn’t see Boris inside.’

According to the protester there was also a police unit in climbing gear preparing to abseil down onto the balcony.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'Police were called at 10.40hrs on Monday,18 April, to reports of protesters at the location'  

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at 10.40hrs on Monday,18 April, to reports of protesters at the location’

A spokesperson for the Mayor's Office said: 'We are aware of the protest and it is a matter for the Metropolitan Police'

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office said: ‘We are aware of the protest and it is a matter for the Metropolitan Police’

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at 10.40hrs on Monday,18 April, to reports of protesters at the location.

‘At 15.30hrs a 48-year-old man and a 34-year-old man came down from the balcony and were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespassing and criminal damage.

‘A 48-year-old man who was in the vicinity of the premises was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespassing and criminal damage.

‘All three currently remain in custody at a north London police station pending further enquires.’

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office said: ‘We are aware of the protest and it is a matter for the Metropolitan Police.’

Mr Smith and Mr Matthews are leading members of the New Fathers 4 Justice and Stop the War on Dads campaign groups.

A third campaigner Abdul Sattar was on the ground outside the property.

Mr Smith is also standing for the Give Me Back My Elmo Party at the upcoming Sheffield by-election.

His political party is so called because of a pet name he has for his children, based on the Muppets character.

He said: ‘No parent who is fit and willing should ever be denied their right to share equally in the lives of their own children

‘The present biased, flawed family law system allows children to be exposed to a succession of mums’ fleeting boyfriends, lovers and stepfathers with whom they have no biological connection but gives no automatic right of access to their biological fathers or grandparents.’

The father-of-two said: 'I spent three and a half years fighting in the courts to get access to my children but I became so infuriated I eventually gave up'

The father-of-two said: ‘I spent three and a half years fighting in the courts to get access to my children but I became so infuriated I eventually gave up’

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