Man bailed over Queen picture

An electrician has reportedly been bailed after appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court charged with defacing a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey. Tim Haries from Doncaster was charged with with criminal damage over £5000.

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Fathers4Justice activist vows to continue direct action

Tim Haries, (right) Doncaster, leaves Westminster Magistrates Court, with his Counsel Kyri Argyropoulos (left) and a friend (centre) Credit: Press Association

Fathers4Justice campaigner Tim Haries has vowed to continue a campaign of direct action just hours after being released on conditional bail at Westminister Magistrates Court.

The father of two said fathers "would be failing in their responsibility and duty of care" to this children if they failed to fight for them, especially in the run up to Father's Day. He said:

"We recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the suffragettes yet people condemn me for pursuing the same desperate course of action - making a direct plea to my Queen - whose crest hangs behind every family court judge in this country.”


Criminal damage charge after Queen's portrait defaced

A man has been charged with criminal damage after this portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey was defaced with paint.

The portrait at Westminster Abbey before it was defaced. Credit: ITV News

Tim Haries, 41, from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court today charged with criminal damage over £5000.

The painting, by artist Ralph Heimans, had been on display in the Chapter House for a few weeks before it was vandalised.

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