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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2005, 17:26 GMT 18:26 UK
Father cleared over rooftop demo
A man has been acquitted of a public order offence after climbing onto a roof to campaign for better access for fathers in child custody cases.

Magistrates in Wolverhampton cleared Fathers 4 Justice campaigner Ray Barry, 55, after his protest on Fathers' Day at the city's St Peter's Church.

He climbed 40ft to the top of the flat roof dressed as Spiderman.

Mr Barry, from Windsor Gardens, Castlecroft, Wolverhampton, had denied the charge.

'Taking stock'

Speaking after the case, he said: "I almost feel like it's a victory for freedom of speech which goes beyond the issue of rights for fathers and children to grow up together.

"People should be allowed to do non-violent and good-natured protests without running the risk of arrest and being put in prison. That's what feels important to me.

"It's another little victory in our campaign against the curtailment of our rights."

As well as highlighting Fathers 4 Justice's stance on child custody legislation, he also called on church leaders to speak out against the current laws.

He said he was now "taking stock" of the court ruling but vowed to continue campaigning.

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