Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Now It's Down to a Jury to Decide

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Now It's Down to a Jury to Decide

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

FATHERS' campaigner Simon Anderton has elected for trial at Newcastle Crown Court to face charges over an 11-day Tyne Bridge protest.

The 57-year-old from Meldon Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle, says he scaled the bridge on Fathers' Day last year in a bid to draw attention to what he claims is unfairness shown to dads by family courts.

Once up, the protester unfurled a 25ft purple banner reading "Happy fatherless day" and claimed to be standing up for the plight of dads deprived of a loving relationship with their children.

The protester was finally driven down by a thunderstorm.

Anderton pleaded not guilty in November to a charge of aggravated trespass on the bridge between June 21 and July 2. He was initially facing a charge alleging he "intended to have the effect of intimidating those persons or any of them so as to deter them or any of them from engaging in that activity"but that was changed during the hearing to one that he allegedly "intended to have the effect of disrupting a person's activities". …

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