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Buckingham Palace protest pair released on bail

Police stand guard as activists stay on roof of the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace on 29 November 2015
Image caption Two police officers stood guard during the protest

Two men who spent hours on a roof at Buckingham Palace in a fathers' rights protest have been released on bail.

Martin Matthews, 48, and Bobby Smith, 33, used a ladder to gain access to the Queen's Gallery on Sunday afternoon.

They were arrested on suspicion of trespassing on a protected site after police officers were called to a report of a protest.

The Queen and Prince Philip are not thought to have been at the palace at the time.

A spokesman for the two men said they had scaled the roof at 15:15 GMT on Sunday.

Image caption The men held up banners during the protest

Scotland Yard said its officers were called to the scene at 16:28 and that the men came down from the building of their own accord at about 23:00.

The men sat on a roof about 18ft (5m) high at the entrance of the public art gallery, which is located on a road to the side of the main gate to Buckingham Palace.

One of the men held a banner reading: "I'm Harry's dad. Stop the war on dads."

The protesters' spokesman said the demonstration was part of a campaign by the groups New Fathers 4 Justice and Stop The War On Dads.

They were campaigning over rights for fathers in divorce and separation proceedings and the reform of the family courts.

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