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Dad fined over City Hall protest
6:01pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A father who clambered to the top of scaffolding at City Hall “to expose social services” was today fined at Bradford Magistrates’ Court.
The 47-year-old was at the top of the Bradford city centre building for eight hours on June 6 of this year.
Prosecuting yesterday, Linda Fowler said: “He was shouting at members of the public and police officers, ‘fathers for justice’ and ‘EDL’.”
She said he swore at people and said he would not get down, saying he wanted to expose social services.
In mitigation, Balaal Khan said: “He said he was unhappy with social services and unhappy with having no contact with his child.
“He does accept saying EDL, which he says stands for Eccleshill Dads’ League.”
The man, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening words or behaviour and said he had tried talking to social services, but had got nowhere.
He was fined £250, with a £25 surcharge and £250 prosecution costs.
Chairman of the bench Gill Arnold told the man: “In these situations I should put pen to paper or make appointments with authorities about what your grievances are.”