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There was a protest on the roof of Buckingham Palace yesterday

Isabelle Aron

Buckingham Palace usually only attracts snap-happy tourists and overly enthusiastic royalists, but yesterday two activists took to the roof to stage a protest over fathers' rights. Martin Matthews and Bobby Smith managed to bypass security and used a ladder to scale the roof of the Queen's Gallery, with a banner that read: 'I'm Harry's dad. Stop the war on dads.'

They arrived at 3.15pm and although police were called to the scene around 45 minutes later, the stand-off continued until 11pm last night. Matthews said it was 'easier to climb on the roof of Buckingham Palace than getting to see one's children these days'. The protest was part of a joint campaign by the groups New Fathers 4 Justice and Stop The War On Dads, which are calling for the reform of the family courts and equal rights for fathers in divorce and separation proceedings.

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