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Woman charged with assault after UK politician Farage 'milkshaked'

By AFP

June 5, 2024 08:51 PM


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A 25-year-old British woman has been charged with assault after Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage was doused with a milkshake during his campaign launch, police said Wednesday.

Essex Police said Victoria Thomas Bowen was charged with assault by beating and criminal damage in connection with the incident in Clacton-on-Sea on Tuesday.

She will appear at Colchester Magistrates Court on July 2, a statement said. Farage, the newly appointed leader of the anti-immigration Reform UK party, was covered in what appeared to be banana milkshake from a McDonald's cup after emerging from a pub thronged by crowds.

He had earlier been given a rousing welcome in the Brexit-supporting stronghold. It was not this first time Farage has been targeted in a milkshake attack.

A man doused him when he was leader of Reform's forerunner, the Brexit party, during the 2019 European election campaign. The perpetrator, Paul Crowther, admitted to assault and criminal damage to a lapel mic on Farage's suit, and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service and pay damages.

The Clacton constituency, currently held by the Conservatives, was the first to elect a lawmaker for Farage's former political vehicle, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), in 2014.

Farage, a former European Parliament member, has run for and failed seven times to become a British MP. His candidacy threatens to split the right-wing vote.

 


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