New Fathers 4 Justice protest at Wells Cathedral Legal Service
An unofficial law enforcer was on the scene when new High Sheriff of Somerset Maureen Whitmore, judges, magistrates, previous High Sheriffs and other VIPs arrived at Wells Cathedral for the annual Legal Service yesterday.
Despite holding a megaphone, Batdad, alias “Adam”, stood as a silent sentinel at the northern corner of the Somerset cathedral’s magnificent West Front.
He was there as a member of New Fathers 4 Justice, which campaigns for an automatic presumption of equal contact with children for both fathers and mothers when parents split up.
Inside Mrs Whitmore, of Butcombe, near Bristol, was sworn in to her new role, which she takes over from Mrs Sylvana Chandler.
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Outside Adam explained the rationale for his protest against the legal system.
He said: “I have two children, the eldest one is now a teenager, and through the whole of their lives I have missed so many important things that have happened for them because my ‘ex’ has prevented access and the court process is so slow.”