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Campaigner: 'My actions a direct appeal to the Queen'

A Fathers4Justice campaigner who has been found guilty of defacing a portrait of the Queen said his actions were "a direct appeal to the Queen."

"I didn’t only act for my children, but for all the families that will be touched by the cancer of family breakdown," Tim Haries said.

Whilst I disagree with the verdict reached by the Jury, I take full responsibility for my actions.

I would not hesitate to petition the Queen again by peaceful protest on behalf of my children, and the millions of children separated from their fathers by the British Government.

Every Family Court Judge who separates fathers from their children does so with the authority of the Queen and sits in front of the Queen’s Coat of Arms.

– Tim Haries, Fathers4Justice campaigner

Campaigner guilty of defacing a painting of the Queen

A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been found guilty of defacing a portrait of the Queen with purple paint while it was hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Tim Haries, 42, told jurors he vandalised the picture to highlight the "social justice issue of our time." He had denied a charge of causing criminal damage of more than £5,000.

The father-of-two smuggled a can of spray paint into the abbey in June before scrawling the word "help" on the painting worth £160,000.

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F4J: Father tried to write 'help' on portrait of Queen

The campaign organisation Fathers4Justice (F4J) has said it believes one of its members tried to write 'help' on a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey.

Campaign Director Jolly Stanesby said the member, who is allegedly a father from Doncaster, had "felt he had nothing to lose by appealing directly to the Queen for help".

We understand that a desperate father belonging to Fathers4Justice has attempted to write the word 'help' on a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey at lunchtime.

The father...was trying to petition the Queen for help before Father's Day on Sunday.

Up to 4 million children will be without a father this Father's Day.

[He] has lost all contact with his children and felt he had nothing to lose by appealing directly to the Queen for help by spraying his plea onto her portrait."

– Fathers4Justice statement

Fathers4Justice post 'photo of defaced Queen portrait'

Allegedly the portrait of the Queen after it was defaced Credit: Facebook/Fathers4Justice

This photograph purports to show the portrait of the Queen after it was defaced at Westminster Abbey.

It appeared on the Facebook page of the campaign group Fathers4Justice, which has claimed that some of its members took responsibility for the act.

ITV News cannot independently confirm the veracity of this image.