Fathers 4 Justice protest at 'Batman' custody hearing

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Eleven members of the protest group Fathers 4 Justice were arrested after clashing with police outside a custody hearing yesterday.

Eleven members of the protest group Fathers 4 Justice were arrested after clashing with police outside a custody hearing yesterday.

The campaigners said they were supporting Jason Hatch, who breached security at Buckingham Palace last week and spent five hours on a exterior ledge protesting his case while wearing a Batman costume.

Mr Hatch was at Bristol County Court for a custody hearing relating to his two children by his former wife, Victoria Jones. After the hearing, Mr Hatch said he had again been refused access to his five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. He said: "I've been shafted once again by a rotten system and a hostile mother. The case is ongoing. Once again, we have a loving father and no contact. So it looks like it's back to scaling buildings."

Twenty members of the protest group sat on the steps outside the court, scaled the walls and waved banners after police refused to let them enter the building.

Police said 11 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass. They included 60-year-old Carmen Taylor, whose son, Nigel, has not seen his children for 16 months.