Watch the moment a protester throws a milkshake over a furious Nigel Farage

By Group Reporter
Monday, 20 May, 2019, 15:03

Nigel Farage had milkshake thrown at him by a protester during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle today.

The Brexit Party leader has become the latest victim of the form of protest that has hit a number of right-wing candidates in the run up to European elections this week.

Ukip's Carl Benjamin and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson have both been targeted in similar attacks.

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

Nigel Farage escorted away by security after the attack. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

The politician had just given a short speech at the city's Monument as part of a tour of the country ahead of polling day on Thursday.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault, Northumbria Police said.

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'My only chance'

Paul Crowther, 32, from Throckley, Newcastle, said it was a £5.25 Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake.

He said: "I didn't know he was in town, I thought this is my only chance."

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.

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

Nigel Farage after he was doused in milkshake during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle.e. Photo: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire

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."