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Video of fathers' rights protestor on Tyne Bridge

An activist has unfurled a banner 180 feet up on the Tyne Bridge, as part of his campaign for fathers' rights.

Simon Anderton - who's a member of the group Real Fathers for Justice - unfurled a banner printed with the words 'Happy Fatherless Day'. He claims thousands children are unable to see their fathers, because of family court orders.

Mr Anderton, who is harnessed to the bridge, says he plans to stay there for two weeks.

Delays expected as protester climbs up the Tyne Bridge

Northumbria Police are warning motorists there may be some delays after a protester climbed 180ft up the Tyne Bridge in a Father's Day protest.

Officers were informed a man was on top of Newcastle's iconic bridge at 7:45am this morning.

A 'Real Fathers for Justice' activist unfurled a 25ft purple banner printed ‘Happy Fatherless Day’.

Police have said they are currently dealing with incident, but that while the Bridge remains opens, motorists are advised there may be delays.


Appeal after man seen jumping from Tyne Bridge

Police in Newcastle are appealing for information after a man was seen to jump from the Tyne Bridge and land in the River Tyne at 6.30pm on Friday night. Despite extensive searches in and around the river no trace of the man has been found.

Officers are asking anyone with information that could help identify the man to come forward. He's described as white, slim build, in his late 20s to early 30s, with short light coloured hair and was wearing a light, waterproof jacket.


Rings may go to Rio

Tyne Bridge rings Credit: ITV News

Newcastle City Council is in talks with the hosts of the next Olympics in Rio about passing on the rings which are currently on the Tyne Bridge.

The Olympic rings were installed by Newcastle Council to celebrate the city hosting some of the Olympic football tournaments.

The council hopes they can keep them on display for the rest of the year.

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