Wednesday 19 June 2019

Man charged with common assault and criminal damage after dousing Nigel Farage with Five Guys milkshake

The Brexit Party leader is the latest British politician to be doused in milkshake after Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin and independent Tommy Robinson.

Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 20, 2019. Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire
Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 20, 2019. Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle (Tom Wilkinson/PA)

Tom Wilkinson and Scott D'Arcy

A man has been charged with common assault and criminal damage after dousing Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage with a Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake.

Paul Crowther, 32, has been charged with common assault and criminal damage after the incident in Newcastle, Northumbria Police said.

The Brexit Party leader became the latest victim of a protest which has seen other European election candidates such as Ukip’s Carl Benjamin and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson suffer similar attacks.

Mr Farage was led away by security as the thrower was dragged away by a Police Community Support Officer and was later seen in handcuffs.

Crowther, from Throckley, Newcastle, said it was a £5.25 Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake.

Speaking before his charge, he said: “I didn’t know he was in town, I thought this is my only chance.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell

Mr Crowther said he saw there was a Brexit Party event in the city centre, thought it was an MEP and then saw Mr Farage.

He explained: “It’s a right of protest against people like him.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell

“The bile and the racism he spouts out in this country is far more damaging than a bit of milkshake to his front.”

Standing in handcuffs outside the Waterstones book shop, Mr Crowther said he did not regret his actions.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, Britain, May 20, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell

He denied an allegation that someone was cut, saying he only threw liquid on the politician.

Of his milkshake, he ruefully said: “I was quite looking forward to it, but I think it went on a better purpose.”

He declined to say what he did for a living.

Earlier, Mr Farage had been interviewed by the BBC then walked down Northumberland Street, the main shopping street in Newcastle.

He was hit by the milkshake in the shadow of Earl Grey’s monument and was then walked away by security and into a taxi.

The politician has been touring the country ahead of polling day on Thursday.

In footage shot shortly after the incident, Mr Farage could be heard saying “how did you not stop that?” as his staff ushered him away from the scene.

Mr Farage tweeted: “Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible.

“For a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent, politicians not accepting the referendum result have led us to this.”

Last week, police apparently ordered a McDonald’s outlet near a Brexit Party campaign rally to stop selling milkshakes and ice cream, according to the restaurant’s staff.

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