Bobby Smith said he was banned while the Labour Conference was on
This is a father’s for justice activist who claims he was banned from Merseyside by police in a bid to stop him protesting outside the Labour Conference .
Bobby Smith, leader of the Give Me Back Elmo party, posted two videos on his Facebook page – one while in the back of a police van – saying he hadn’t been charged with any crime but was being escorted to Ellesmere Port by police.
The 34-year-old activist said he was stopped by officers when he first set foot in Liverpool and then arrested while he went to the Beatles museum .
He said: “I’m inside the police van, I have just been released. As I drove across the Mersey Tunnel I was stopped by a policeman on the other side and they said something about Father’s For Justice.
“Gone to the Beatles museum and about eight policemen showed up and arrested me … and held me in the cell for two hours and wouldn’t give me a solicitor.
“As soon as I demanded a solicitor they released me straight away. They have now banned me for the next 24 hours and we are getting a police escort.”
Mr Smith, from Stevenage, made headlines after he scaled the roof of Angela Eagle’s office in Wallasey in July.
In August, he staged a roof protest at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s London home to demonstrate for New Fathers 4 Justice . He said he was protesting against Mr Corbyn’s views on shared parenting.
Mr Smith has also climbed on the roof at Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, and, with other campaigners, surrounded the Liverpool Radisson Blu hotel in February to try and confront Lord Justice Munby after a Family Law conference.
He said he was told to leave Liverpool today and not come back until Mr Corbyn had finished his speech at the Labour Party conference tomorrow.
Mr Smith said: “Thousands of people have protested at the conference and none of them have been arrested or given dispersal orders or been escorted away
“I have come here just me. Just one father’s rights protester with not even the intention of protesting and I have been escorted out of here by two police and held in a cell for two hours.”
A Merseyside police spokesperson said: “Merseyside Police can confirm a 34-year-old man from the Hertfordshire area has been arrested to prevent the breach of the peace after being stopped at the Albert Dock, Liverpool this afternoon.
The man was arrested after a number of banners and a loudhailer were found in his car.
He was taken to a police station on Merseyside where he has been issued with a notice under the Antisocial behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which will direct him to leave the area and prevent him from re-entering Merseyside until 18.00hrs on Wednesday, 28 October.