No charges for the dads who tres­passed on Boris’s bal­cony

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PRO­TEST­ERS who scaled Boris John­son’s bal­cony to hit out at their per­ceived lack of fa­ther’s rights have had the crim­i­nal charges against them dropped.

Four men, be­lieved to be part of cam­paign group New Fa­thers 4 Jus­tice, were ar­rested af­ter protest­ing at the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP’s home, in Cole­brooke Row, Is­ling­ton, on Mon­day April 18.

The pro­test­ers caused a scene af­ter climb­ing onto the bal­cony of the then Mayor of Lon­don’s home at around 10.40am that day, un­furl­ing a ban­ner and tak­ing self­ies in protest at their per­ceived lack of fa­ther’s rights in the UK.

New Fa­thers 4 Jus­tice ac­tivists Martin Matthews, 48, from Great Bookham, Sur­rey, and Bobby Smith, 33, from Steve­nage, Hert­ford­shire, were brought down from the bal­cony, by the fire bri­gade, and taken to an Is­ling­ton po­lice sta­tion.

They were sub­se­quently banned from go­ing within 100 me­tres of the Lon­don Mayor.

Now, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice has con­firmed that all four men ar­rested have been “re­leased with no fur­ther ac­tion”.

A bail can­cel­la­tion no­tice was sent to Mr Smith, con­firm­ing that he not longer needed to at­tend Is­ling­ton po­lice sta­tion on June 24, in re­la­tion to the charges of crim­i­nal dam­age to prop­erty val­ued un­der £5,000 and ag­gra­vated tres­pass.

Mr Smith said: “No fur­ther ac­tion for climb­ing on Boris John­son’s bal­cony to protest about fa­thers’ rights last month, with loads of po­lice, two fire en­gines, an am­bu­lance, and road closed – none of it was nec­es­sary and not our fault.”

“The Met had to in­form the Home Of­fice, at their re­quest, be­fore re­leas­ing Martin and I.

“They said Boris missed an ap­point­ment be­cause of us so we were look­ing for­ward to see­ing him in court.”

Their bail con­di­tions stated that they could not go near City Hall or the then Mayor of Lon­don.

How­ever, this did not spec­ify Boris John­son, and Sadiq Khan has since been elected as Mayor.

This set up a po­ten­tially dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion at the Toot­ing by-elec­tion count, where Mr Smith is stand­ing for elec­tion, if Mr Khan had de­cided to at­tend.

Mr Smith is a con­firmed can­di­date in the Toot­ing by-elec­tion for the Give Me Back Elmo party, which cam­paigns for parental alien­ation to be a crim­i­nal of­fence and ar­gues par­ents who, fol­low­ing the break­down of a re­la­tion­ship, at­tempt to turn their child or chil­dren against the other par­ent should be pros­e­cuted.

Bobby adopted the name Elmo as it is the prod­uct of merg­ing the names of his two daugh­ters to­gether, with whom he has been un­able to have reg­u­lar con­tact since 2010.

New Fa­thers 4 Jus­tice cam­paigns for equal rights for fa­thers, in di­vorce and sep­a­ra­tion pro­ceed­ings, and re­form of the fam­ily courts.

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