Activist arrested after 'defacing statue' in Abbey

An activist has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after allegedly defacing a statue at Westminster Abbey in a protest against the family court system.

Cheryl Corless, a campaigner for pressure group Stolen Children of the UK (S.C.O.T. UK), was detained by police after entering the central London church and allegedly spraying the statue on the left hand of the nave, protest group Fathers4Justice said in a statement.

Martin Matthews, a Fathers4Justice campaigner from Great Bookham in Surrey, was also present during the incident but was not arrested, the organisation said.

It is the third protest of its kind in recent weeks and the second in Westminster Abbey itself, and comes after Fathers4Justice encouraged fathers to take direct action against the political establishment in the spirit of the Suffragettes.