Holy mobiles! The bat phone's gone flat!


Aug 5 2004

By Mike Hornby Echo Reporter


A PROTESTING father today told of his dogged determination as he embarked on the fourth day of a 200ft-high city centre sit-in.

Colin Vallis, dressed as Batman, says he will not end the demonstration until he is allowed to see his two youngest children, even though his "bat phone" has gone flat..

Last night police officers passed water up to him but he has been refused fresh batteries for his mobile phone.

The father-of-three says he has not been allowed to see or speak to the children, both toddlers, for nine weeks.

Speaking through a megaphone today, he said: "All I want is to see them. The law is gender-biased against fathers. I have enough food to stay here for weeks and I won't come down."

Mr Vallis, 41, is a member of the direct action pressure group Fathers4Justice.

He added: "People have been driving past and beeping their horns in support. I'm in very high spirits."

Today work resumed on part of the construction site, at the junction of Tithebarn Steet and Moorfields, although power has been cut to the crane cabin.

Workers on the site at Moorfields have been unable to carry out their jobs while the protest continues.





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