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A man who threw a milkshake over Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage.

Paul Crowther, 32, threw the £5.25 banana and salted caramel milkshake from burger chain Five Guys at the politician during a Newcastle city centre walkabout ahead of last month’s European elections.

He was arrested at the scene after being filmed dousing with the politician with the sticky drink, and was charged by Northumbria Police with common assault and criminal damage.

Paul Crowther
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Paul Crowther admitted to common assault and criminal damage

Crowther, from Newcastle, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he admitted the charges.

Following the incident, he told journalists: “I didn’t know he was in town, I thought this is my only chance.

“It’s a right of protest against people like him.”

Crowther bought the milkshake on his break. Pic: Facebook/ Paul Crowther
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Crowther bought the milkshake on his break. Pic: Facebook/ Paul Crowther

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

The criminal damage charge relates to a microphone which was damaged during the incident on 20 May, police said.

After his arrest, a Gofundme page entitled “Get Paul Crowther his milkshake money back” raised £1,705.

Politicians have been targeted by milkshake attackers.
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Politicians have been targeted by milkshake attackers.

Mr Farage tweeted after the incident, saying: “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.”

The former UKIP leader was also heard telling a member of security staff that he “could have spotted that a mile off”.



The Brexit Party leader was left drenched after the attack and berated his security while being whisked away to a car



The Brexit Party leader was left drenched after the attack and berated his security while being whisked away to a car.

Later that day, he said: “I won’t even acknowledge the low-grade behaviour that I was subjected to this morning, I won’t dignify it, I will ignore it.

“Perhaps keep buying new clothes and carry on.”

The attack came after a McDonald’s branch in Edinburgh was asked by police not to sell milkshakes, due to a Brexit Party rally close by.

Mr Farage is the latest politician to have the drink doused on him, joining figures such as UKIP’s Carl Benjamin and independent European candidate Tommy Robinson.

District Judge Bernard Begley said Crowther will not be jailed, however he must carry out unpaid work.

The hearing is ongoing.

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