FIVE protesting Santas were appearing in court today (Monday, December 22) after a stunt which brought traffic chaos to Liverpool.
The men face charges of causing a dangerous obstruction of a highway.
The accused - all members of campaign group Fathers 4 Justice - allegedly climbed onto a footbridge on the Strand last Thursday while wearing Father Christmas outfits, forcing police to close the road.
All six lanes of The Strand were closed as emergency services attempted to coax the Santas down.
Appearing at Liverpool magistrates court were Peter Michael Molloy, 33, of Hartsbourne Avenue, Childwall; David James Humphrey, 30, of Manor Road, Crosby; Stuart Peter Fisher, 38, of Dingle Lane, Dingle; Graham Ure-Wilson, 45, of Grosvenor Road, Wallasey, and Gary Anthony Newell, 44, of Appleyards Lane, Chester.
The charge of causing a dangerous obstruction of a highway carries a sentence of up to seven years.
The Fathers 4 Justice pressure group is campaigning for the rights of fathers and grandparents in the Family Courts