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PROTESTER IN SANTA SUIT CHAINS HIMSELF TO PALACE

A British man dressed as Santa Claus scaled the main gate of Buckingham Palace and chained himself to the top of a pillar Tuesday before police pulled him down, the latest such costumed protest by a group campaigning for more rights for divorced or separated fathers.

The man chained himself to a lamppost on the pillar and shouted slogans down at a crowd that gathered to watch.

Police cut him free after about 90 minutes and brought him down on a cherry-picker. He was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and creating a public nuisance, Metropolitan Police said.

The campaign group Fathers 4 Justice identified the man as David Pyke, who has demonstrated before at the palace. In September, dressed as Batman's sidekick Robin, he accompanied fellow protester Jason Hatch to the royal residence. Hatch, who was dressed as Batman, climbed onto a palace balcony, where he remained for several hours, but Pyke was not as successful and was quickly removed.