Margaret Hodge MP was at a Law Society
She was handcuffed by Mr Stanesby as she took part in
a question-and-answer session afterwards.
He cuffed her wrist to his, saying: "Margaret Hodge,
I'm arresting you for covering up child abuse."
This was a reference to Mrs Hodge's time as a
councillor in Islington, north London.
Mr Hatch also attempted to handcuff the Cabinet
minister and MP for Barking but was blocked from
reaching her by Mrs Hodge's assistant private secretary.
At the trial Mrs Hodge described how she was
"distressed" by the activists' actions.
'Upset and disturbed'
"I did have a pain on my wrist for about six months
afterwards," she said.
"I was upset and I was very disturbed by that
But Kyri Argyropoulos, for Mr Stanesby, suggested
that the minister was not prepared to meet members of
Fathers 4 Justice because of their past behaviour.
He suggested she was "far from accessible" - a charge
Mrs Hodge denied.
Jonathan Stanesby at a previous fathers'
Alan Wolstenholme, prosecuting, said the men "went
much further than they were entitled to do".
The verdicts were met with cheers and applause from
Fathers 4 Justice supporters in the public gallery.
The court heard how both men had previously been
involved in high-profile protests for the group.
Mr Hatch, who gained notoriety after scaling the
walls of Buckingham Palace dressed as Batman, thanked
the jury after the not guilty verdict was read out.
He said he was "ecstatic" at the verdict.
"The jury are sending a clear message that the family
law courts must be overhauled immediately.
"The breakdown in our society can quite clearly be
traced to the breakdown of families. The only way this
can be rectified is by stopping the secrecy of family
"I carried out a citizen's arrest on Margaret Hodge
and it looks like the jury thought I was justified to do