Paul Crowther: Man admits assaulting Nigel Farage by throwing milkshake at Brexit Party leader

Lizzie Dearden

A man has admitted assaulting Nigel Farage by throwing a milkshake over him, in one of a spate of similar incidents targeting right-wing figures.

Paul Crowther pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

He launched his banana and salted caramel drink at the Brexit Party leader as he walked through Newcastle ahead of last month's European elections.

At the time, the 32-year-old told journalists the act was “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," he added.

The incident was caught on camera, showing Mr Farage walking away with his suit covered in the drink.

The Brexit Party leader could be heard rebuking a member of security staff and telling him he “could have spotted that a mile off”.

Crowther, of Throckley in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was charged with common assault over the attack on Mr Farage and criminal damage over a microphone that was damaged during the incident on 20 May.

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