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What Would the Duke Say?

Filed under: General — Intrepid @ 7:46 pm Sat 14th October 2006

From: F4J (US)
Written By: Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post
Presented By: Kurt Anderson
Via: The Honor Network

Father’s Rights Dad Protest for 4 days a top Liverpool Landmark

A CAMPAIGNER for fathers’ rights had his lone protest on top of a prominent Liverpool landmark.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, scaled the 133ft Wellington column at the end of William Brown Street, close to Lime Street, and unfurled protest banners underneath the bronze statue of the Duke of Wellington.

It is not known how he managed to scale the column, which stands on a pedestal incorporating records of the Iron Duke’s battles. Police kept a low-key presence at the site throughout the day and set up a small cordon around the monument, close to some of the city’s most historic buildings.

A Merseyside police spokesman said: “Officers are communicating with the man, who it is believed is making a personal protest concerning his immediate family.

“The protest is not affecting traffic, and we will continue to ensure public safety in the immediate area around the column.”

4 Days Later

The 44-year-old man came down from the Wellington column and was arrested by police on suspicion of criminal damage. He was taken to a police station where he will be interviewed today.

The man, from the Walton area, had kept a vigil on top of the 133ft column near Lime Street since Sunday morning. He unfurled banners underneath the bronze statue of the Duke of Wellington, in what was believed to be a protest over fathers’ rights.

A spokesman for Merseyside police said the man had been examined and did not require hospital treatment.

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