A Fathers 4 Justice campaigner dressed as Batman is staging a protest on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Jason Hatch, 33, entered the grounds and scaled a wall at 1500 BST, said group spokesman Matt O’Connor. A stand-off developed as police cordoned off the area and tried to coax the protester down. Mr O’Connor, Fathers 4 Justice, said: “We’ve got a guy dressed as Batman who’s on Buckingham Palace on a balcony. He legged it past the armed guards.” The protester, from Gloucester, stood on a ledge to the right hand side of the main balcony and unfurled a banner which read “Super dads of fathers 4 justice”. He is believed to have two children, aged four and five, who he has not seen for several years. Also on the banner are the words: “Fighting for your right to your kids”. Fellow protester Dave Pyke, 48, dressed as Batman’s sidekick Robin but was stopped by armed police as he tried to scale the fence. He told BBC News Online: “We are totally untrained, just ordinary guys and if we can get in there, anybody can get in there.”
“He is a very resilient man and he is desperate. He has supplies to last him for several days.”
Andy Khouri: Did they get him down yet??
Nick Locking: He is still safe
Nick Locking: Robin has been arrested, however
Nick Locking: And is in custody
Andy Khouri: Sweet god, this might be the greatest day in this century so far
Nick Locking: hahaha
UPDATE: PALACE SOURCES: Batman wishes to speak to Queen! Batman is on the move, in response to some sort of pneumatic lift they’ve driven in near the incident site. He’s roaming around the shelf a bit. If he falls on live telly it would be the greatest thing ever. If he saved himself with a bat-rope it would be even better.
Andy Khouri: oddly, this reminds me of 9/11
Nick Locking: It’s just as momentous
Andy Khouri: someone ont he V just said Batman took a glass of orange juice from a guard
Nick Locking: Ah, yes
Nick Locking: That seems to be the case
Nick Locking: They won’t be drugging him, he might fall
Andy Khouri: i wish i had TV so i could see if there is any reaction to this in America
Andy Khouri: this is, in my view, the most important world event to occur since the Iraq War
Nick Locking: Naturally
Nick Locking: It’s abit slow in developing, it’s been static for some hours now
Andy Khouri: oh god, what if batman dies
Nick Locking: He’ll RETURN
Andy Khouri: if the Queen has Batman killed…. oh my god
Andy Khouri: the cultural ramifications are incalculable
Andy Khouri: the british people will revolt and destroy their monarchs in the name of an american hero
Nick Locking: Obviously I would support that movement
Andy Khouri: “Get that bitch out! Get her whole fucking ambarrassing inbred cunt family OUT! YOU KLILLED BATMAN! YOU KILLED BATMAN!!”
Andy Khouri: it should be on the news everywhere and for days
Andy Khouri: the royal family, out
Nick Locking: “HOME SECRETARY TO ADDRESS MPS ON INCIDENT TONIGHT”
Nick Locking: I love how important that sounds
Andy Khouri: oh god i would love to be at that meeting
Andy Khouri: “Gentlemen. Last night our defenses were breeched by… the Batman.”
Nick Locking: HAHAHAHAHA
Nick Locking: “Good heavens!” “My word!”
Nick Locking: If the home secretary is a comic fan this is like a dream come true for him
Nick Locking: He could turn up to the meeting dressed as Lex Luthor
Andy Khouri: “Now shut up, the lot of you! Stop panicking like a bunch of girls and listen to me. We’re dealing with a crazy man in a bat suit and that is IT! And we’re going to get him THE FUCK——- DOWN. Not in my palace, God Dammit.”
Nick Locking: “Batman. Darling.”
Nick Locking: Batman should offer to come down if they send a policeman dressed as the Joker in
Nick Locking: Makes sense, media wise
Nick Locking: Better than just sitting there doing sod all all day
Andy Khouri: is he still surrounded? what are the guards doing?
Nick Locking: They’re leaving him alone
Nick Locking: If they tried to strongarm him down, he might fall, which is a worst case scenario
Nick Locking: Batman looks very cold
Nick Locking: He’s blowing into his hands
Andy Khouri: they need to cast this guy as Thomas Wayne
Andy Khouri: THE FATHER
Nick Locking: hahah
Nick Locking: Batman is now chatting to a couple of security types
Nick Locking: Who are presumably trying to cajole him down from his position. Ah, they’re showing Spider_Man now, on top of… something
Nick Locking: Some sort of crane
Andy Khouri: What? Spider-Man is there as well? And he’s got a crane?
Nick Locking: No, this is a previous incident
Nick Locking: There are quite a few instances of superhero-based protest in this country
Nick Locking: Spider-Man climbed the London Eye a while back
Nick Locking: And now they’re showing Spider-Man, Batman, Robin and Superman on top of some sort of bridge.
Nick Locking: WHAT A COUNTRY
Andy Khouri: wow, down my street are people dressed as every major superhero, including Blade, but all the do is walk around for people to take pictures with
Nick Locking: “This is an unbelievable shambles. Batman has made a laughing stock of London and the Met.”
Nick Locking: I have waited all my life to see that on the television
Nick Locking: MET POLICE COMMISSIONER: INCIDENT IS “EMBARASSING”
Nick Locking: If that man is named Gordon I would cry tears of nerd joy.
Nick Locking: NOOO BATMAN IS COMING DOWN!
Andy Khouri: WHAT
Andy Khouri: WHy? howw?
Nick Locking: They took up a lift and he got on
Andy Khouri: they didn’t force him
Andy Khouri: ?
Nick Locking: no
Andy Khouri: they must have his loved ones
Nick Locking: Presumably Robin is being tortured, he is in custody