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Westminster Abbey Woman Held For Criminal Damage To Statue

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Another art attack at Westminster Abbey has seen a woman arrested for criminal damage, after a statue was spray-painted by a protester. This comes just weeks after a portrait of the Queen was vandalised by a 'Fathers For Justice demonstrator.

The woman named as Cheryl Corless, a campaigner for the pressure group Stolen Children of the UK, was arrested after entering the abbey and spraying the statue on the left hand side of the nave. The activists entered the church on Sunday night, according to a statement issued by the protest group Fathers4Justice.

"This protest is about the whole family courts system and the fact that they operate in secret behind closed doors - they are unaccountable and can do whatever they like without the public knowing a thing about it. We want to see a transparent and open family court system."

Last Friday Paul Douglas Manning, 57, glued a four-inch photograph of a young boy to John Constable's iconic masterpiece 'The Hay Wain' in the National Gallery. He has been charged with criminal damage. A few weeks ago Tim Haries allegedly sprayed the word "help" onto a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey. He has already stated that he will plead not guilty to the charge of criminal damage.

This seems to be a worrying trend by the Fathers for Justice movement and with so many copy cat attaclks on art in the capital its bound to have a negitive impact on the cause.

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