Fathers' rights demo on cathedral

Ealing Times: The fathers' rights campaigners scaled Exeter Cathedral The fathers' rights campaigners scaled Exeter Cathedral

Two men have scaled Exeter Cathedral on Father's Day in a protest about equal parental rights.

Jolly Stanesby, 44, from Ivybridge, Devon, and Archit Ssan, 53, from Croydon, south London, climbed up the front of the cathedral on to the balcony.

The pair, who are members of campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice, unveiled a banner reading "Family courts are evil" as a special church service attended by judges went on below them.

New Fathers 4 Justice spokesman Rich Adams said "We campaigning for a change in the law so fathers are afforded the same rights as mothers and transparent family courts are more open to scrutiny and David Cameron and the judiciary must listen.

"We'd like nothing more than to be simply with our families, and happy in the knowledge our children would grow up with equal rights, but until anything is done - this is the only way anyone takes any notice of our message."

Devon and Cornwall Police said its officers had been called to the incident.

Inspector Richard Hooper-Bennett, public order commander, said: "Officers are on the scene to protect life and property, and facilitate a peaceful protest where it doesn't impinge on the civil liberties of others.

"We are making an initial assessment and speaking to the interested parties."

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