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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.