Ranting, bragging he plotted stunt
By Patrick Sawer And Oliver Finegold, Evening Standard
14 September 2004

The smoky bar of a Shropshire hotel was an unlikely venue in which to plot the dramatic storming of Buckingham Palace. But it was at the Stretton Hall Hotel that Jason Hatch and his colleagues from Fathers 4 Justice planned the stunt which embarrassed police and palace officials and called into question security arrangements.

What happened at that summit, however, throws into question the character and motives of men like Hatch.

According to reports today last Saturday night's meeting degenerated into foul-mouthed drunken boasting, with Hatch bragging about his sexual conquests.

Reporters from the Mirror newspaper who watched the meeting said that Hatch declared: "I just love f****** women. I've had more than 100 one-night-stands in the past five years," Hatch said. "They are all bitches."

At one stage Hatch, 33, claimed to have fathered five children with different women and when asked by one of two women present whether he wore condoms he replied: "What are they?"

The men all expressed bitterness they had been denied the right to see their children by courts and their former spouses. Hatch calls it a "living bereavement."

But the story of his divorce is not as clear cut as it first appears. The self-employed builder was subsequently convicted of harassing his ex-wife, Victoria Jones, mother of his five-year-old boy and four-year-old girl.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, though charges of making threats to kill Miss Jones and her mother Susan Beacham were ordered to lie on file. During the trial Gloucester Crown Court heard Hatch legally owned a number of weapons.

Miss Jones had moved the children out of the marital home and, Hatch says, refused to let him see them.

After the criminal case he applied to the courts to see the children every weekend and half the school holidays. After 18 months he was granted one supervised visit every three months - though he managed to get this increased to every three weeks.

"My life is on hold until I can see my children properly," he said. "I'll do whatever it takes to see my children."

Hatch, from Cheltenham, was born Jason Mark Tunnicliff, but changed his name to protect his children's identity. He has however gone out of his way to court publicity.

Two months ago he was part of a group which stormed a General Synod service at York Minster while dressed as vicars, nuns and monks. Hatch, dressed in Cardinal's robes, scaled scaffolding on the building.

In February, dressed as Batman, he joined Robin, Superman and Spiderman on the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. They came down after a radio station donated ?200 to charity.

Last month he climbed on to scaffolding outside Birmingham County Court and also took part in a rooftop protest at Gloucester County Court.

Dave Pyke - Robin to Hatch's Batman - sees his 10-year old daughter and seven-year-old son every weekend but is demanding greater access.

In particular the unemployed 48-yearold from Cheltenham wants to look after them on their own - which he did until the courts intervened.

He joined Fathers 4 Justice earlier this year determined to overturn the order by holding protests at crown courts throughout the country, joining Hatch on the roof of Gloucester County Court and on Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Banners, air-horns and climbing equipment had been seized from his home by detectives while he was in police custody.