Man arrested after objects thrown at Nigel Farage in Barnsley

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after Nigel Farage had objects hurled at him while campaigning in Barnsley.

The Reform leader was waving to local people from the top of the party’s battlebus in South Yorkshire on Tuesday morning when two separate objects were thrown at him.

A protester could be seen shouting from a work site close to the bus, before something was lobbed at Farage.

A man was then tackled to the ground by police officers near Barnsley town centre.

A South Yorkshire police spokesperson said: “We have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of public order offences following disorder in Barnsley Town Centre today (11 June).

“It is believed that the man threw objects from a nearby construction area. A suspect was quickly detained and remains in police custody.”

Farage thanked South Yorkshire police, adding”: I will not be bullied or cowed by a violent left-wing mob who hate our country.”

Farage had been warned by police not to get off the bus.

It comes one week after Victoria Thomas Bowen, 25, was charged with assault by beating and criminal damage when a milkshake was thrown over Farage as he left the Moon and Starfish Wetherspoon’s pub in Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex.

Demonstrators face Nigel Farage (right) as he makes a speech on the Reform UK campaign bus in Barnsley on Tuesday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Farage had just addressed supporters in the pub before he was seen with the yellow drink splattered across his dark blue suit as he boarded his campaign bus.

He tried to make light of the milkshake incident later that day as he posed for media with a tray of four McDonald’s banana milkshakes during a visit to Jaywick in Essex.

It is not the first time Farage has had a milkshake thrown at him while campaigning. In 2019, when he was campaigning as the leader of the Brexit party, a Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake was thrown at him during a walkabout in Newcastle.

The Guardian

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