Fathers' rights activist protests on Tyne Bridge

A protester has climbed 180ft up to the top of the Tyne Bridge in an attempt 'to raise awareness of the children unable to see their dads' this Father’s Day. Real Fathers for Justice activist, Simon Anderton has said he plans to stay on top of Newcastle's iconic bridge for two weeks.

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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.

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