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Former top judge tells of F4J death threats

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

A former lord justice of appeal last night accused the campaign group Fathers 4 Justice of issuing death threats against her.

The independent crossbencher Baroness Butler-Sloss, who lives near Exeter and is the aunt of actor Nigel Havers, told peers that the group has also threatened to kidnap her dog.

She was speaking in the report stage debate on the Crime and Courts Bill on the need to protect the safety of judges.

Lady Butler-Sloss, a former High Court judge who chaired the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, until she stood down from the role in June 2007, said she had received a number of death threats from people who could recognise her from court and “those such as Fathers 4 Justice, who made death threats not only against me, but also said they were going to kidnap my dog”.

She said she regarded this as “much more serious than the death threat they made against me”.

As a former head of the family division of the High Court Lady Butler-Sloss has previously been targeted by parent groups critical of legal rulings regarding custody of children. Her home has been the focus of a number of demonstrations by protesters.

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