Nigel Farage milkshake attack: Man charged with assault

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2019

A call centre worker has been charged with common assault and criminal damage after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had a milkshake thrown at him in Newcastle, Northumbria Police said.

The "milkshaking" of Nigel Farage on Monday was the latest in a series of milk-based protests against far right political figures in the United Kingdom, with "lactose the intolerant" the latest evolution of a long-standing British slapstick tradition of throwing eggs and custard pies at politicians.

Northumbria Police have charged 32-year-old Paul Crowther, of Holeyn Road in Throckley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, with common assault and criminal damage in connection with the incident.

'He has now been charged with common assault and criminal damage'. "A 32-year-old man was detained at the scene and arrested by police".

Crowther is set to appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on 18 June.

Farage had finished giving a speech in Newcastle ahead of Thursday's European parliament elections when the incident occurred.

Mr Farage was heard criticising his security team over a "complete failure" and that he "could have spotted that a mile off" as he was swept away after the incident in the city centre.

Mr Farage also visited the region earlier this month in the lead up to the election.

"After the disturbance Mr Farage later spoke about "some of the conduct and behaviour we are seeing" during the campaign".

Downing Street said politicians had to be able to "campaign without harassment, intimidation and abuse".

Milkshakes. When do we want them?

The trend has become enough of a worry for police that they have begun asking McDonald's restaurants near to Brexit Party and UKIP campaign events to stop serving milkshakes and ice-cream in the preceding hours.

Protesters are thought to have switched to using the drinks as a weapon as they are easier to carry than eggs without arousing suspicion.

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