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Queen's portrait defaced

A man has been arrested after a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey was defaced with paint. Campaigners Fathers4Justice say it believes one of its members tried to write "help" on it.

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Man arrested for defacing Queen portrait still in custody

Officers were called to Westminster Abbey around 12.30pm today after security guards detained a 41-year-old man.

He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and taken to a central London police station where he is in custody, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

The portrait, a Ralph Heimans' oil on canvas designed to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, had been on display in the Chapter House for a few weeks before it was vandalised with paint.

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