'Radicalised Remainer' who pelted Nigel Farage with a £5.25 milkshake on Brexit Party campaign trail charged with common assault and criminal damage

A CORBYNISTA who lobbed a £5.25 milkshake at Nigel Farage on the election trail has been charged with common assault.

The Brexit Party leader raged at his security team after the hipster Corbyn fan slung a salted caramel drink over him in front of jeering bystanders in Newcastle.

Paul Crowther, 32, has today been charged with common assault and criminal damage, cops confirmed.

He will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates Court on June 18.

After the shake was chucked, furious Mr Farage could be heard moaning of his bodyguards' "complete failure" as they whisked him away.

He added: "You could have spotted that a mile away" and "How could this happen?".

He told reporters the Five Guys banana and salted caramel shake was "yobbo flavoured" – and he reportedly gave a statement to Northumbria Police.

Mr Farage dubbed his soaking an "affront to democracy" and later 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."


Later he was defended by political opponents including Theresa May and Tony Blair who spoke out against the use of violence.

Members of the public were filmed laughing as Mr Farage was led away after the latest milkshake attack on politicians and public figures.

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson and Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin were both targeted in recent weeks.

Labour supporter and Remain fanatic Crowther was later seen being led away in handcuffs and put in the back of a police van.

Northumbria Police later confirmed a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault.

The attack has been widely condemned by other politicians, with Brexit minister James Cleverly saying people should debate rather than "assault political opponents".

Jo Cox's widower Brendan Cox also spoke out, saying that politicians should be able to "campaign without harassment, intimidation and abuse".

Mr Farage – whose fledgling Brexit party is leading opinion polls – is touring the UK ahead of European parliament elections on Thursday.

What's the law on throwing a milkshake at a politician?

THIS afternoon a 32-year-old man was arrested on charged of common assault after a milkshake was thrown at Nigel Farage.

This is when a person assaults another person, whether intentionally or recklessly, or commits battery, even without an injury.

You can be charged with the offence without actually touching another person – as is alleged to have happened to Mr Farage.

This is the lowest level of assault that it's possible to be charged for. The offence carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison, and/or a fine.

However, he could just be let off with a caution.

The attack is the latest in high-profile figures to be targeted with a milkshake.

Far-right hot head Tommy Robinson had two chucked at him in two days while he was campaigning to be an MEP in Bury and Warrington.

Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin, who joked about raping a Labour MP, was also attacked with a milkshake.

In another attack on politicians, in 2001 John Prescott punched a protester in Rhyl, north Wales after he flung an egg at him.

No action was taken against either of the men although both were questioned by police.

The milkshake incident comes today despite McDonald's branches in Edinburgh posting signs saying that milkshakes and ice creams would not be for sale ahead of Brexit party rallies.

The fast food chain claimed police had asked them not to sell shakes or ice cream to stop any embarrassing splatters.

Northumbria Police today confirmed to the Sun Online that no milkshake ban had been in place in Newcastle.

Mr Farage ruled out teaming up with Boris Johnson for an election pact – because he backed Theresa May's deal.

The Brexit Party boss claimed he no longer trusts BoJo after the top Tory U-turned and voted for the withdrawal agreement in March. Conservative Brexiteers have called for a pact between the two parties so they don't run against each other in the next General Election.

They are worried about splitting the pro-Brexit vote and letting Jeremy Corbyn in to No10.

The former UKIP leader is on course to ­virtually wipe out the Tories, ­according to a shock poll by the Sunday Mirror.

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