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Fathers protest at family court

Bristol Family and Youth Court
Staff were evacuated from a Bristol Family Court

More than 100 staff were evacuated from a family court in Bristol after a fathers' campaign group protested outside the building.

The employees were told to leave when a fire alarm was set off in the court.

Fathers 4 Justice campaigners wearing superhero outfits were stopped at the courts during a street demonstration.

The 30-strong demonstration was joined by two men who scaled the roof of deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman's home in south London.

Campaigner Jolly Stanesby said the group wanted parental equality.

Mr Stanesby said: "We always have a little get-together before Father's Day to put our message across."

A Bristol County Court spokesperson said court proceedings were disrupted for about 30 minutes.

"Court business has now resumed as normal. No-one was injured in the incident."

Police and fire services were called to the scene after a fire alarm was set off in a family court. Court staff could not confirm who was responsible for the activated fire alarm.

An Avon Fire and Rescue spokesman said the call was a false alarm.




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