British man charged with defacing queen’s portrait

LONDON (AP) — Police
say a man has been charged with allegedly spraying paint on a portrait
of Queen Elizabeth II that is hanging in Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries is due to appear in a London court Friday charged with criminal damage over 5,000 pounds ($7,800).

The
41-year-old was arrested at the abbey Thursday after a portrait of the
monarch by Australian artist Ralph Heimans was defaced with paint.

The
dads' rights group Fathers 4 Justice said Haries was a member and had
painted the word “help” on the 9-foot by 11-foot (2.5-meter by
3.4-meter) canvas.

Heimans' portrait, which depicts the queen on
the spot in the abbey where she was crowned, was commissioned last year
to mark the monarch's 60 years on the throne.