Roof protest man appears in court

PROTESTER: Mr Hawksworth climbed the roof of Fraserburgh Academy in protest.
PROTESTER: Mr Hawksworth climbed the roof of Fraserburgh Academy in protest.

A MAN who staged a protest by climbing to the roof of a Buchan school when the DHSS allegedly refused to help him, has appeared in court.

Paul Hawksworth (51) climbed to the roof of Fraserburgh Academy, with the help of a scaffold early on Wednesday morning.

Father-of-two Hawksworth appeared from custody at Peterhead Sheriff Court on today (Thursday) following a six hour stand-off which cost emergency services up to £3,000.

Hawksworth, who waived his right to a Solicitor, said: “I didn’t want to cause any inconvenience. I just wanted some coverage by the papers or anyone who could get through to them.”

“I was on my last option. I have not had a penny from anybody and I have two children to look after.”

Hawksorth, who is currently unemployed, explained that he had separated from his partner six weeks ago and, while he thanked authorities for their work in finding him temporary accommodation, he had been advised that he would not receive any financial support.

He told The Fraserburgh Herald: “I’ve been without food, gas and electric for some time now.

“I was looking after my daughter, who was ill, yesterday while my ex-partner was working and had to rely on the goodwill of friends to keep her warm and fed.”

Sentence was deferred to allow for background reports and will return to court on May 31.