Nigel Farage

Farage milkshake attack man ordered to pay compensation

A man who threw a milkshake over Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has been fined and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Paul Crowther admitted common assault and criminal damage after Mr Farage was covered in the drink while he campaigned in Newcastle in May.

District Judge Bernard Begley, who told Crowther he had carried out an "act of crass stupidity", ordered him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work

And after the prosecution suggested Crowther should pay compensation to have the suit cleaned, the judge ordered him to pay Mr Farage £350 compensation.

Man will not be jailed over Farage milkshake attack

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

A man who pleaded guilty to assaulting Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage by throwing a milkshake at him has been told he will not be jailed.

Paul Crowther, 32, admitted common assault and criminal damage at North Tyneside Magistrates Court this morning.

The district judge told Crowther that he would consider a community penalty, after hearing that he had been fired from his job as a technical advisor for Sky as a result of the incident, which happened in Newcastle City Centre on 20 May.

Crowther’s solicitor Brian Hegarty described it as a “moment of madness” and said his client now regretted what he had done.

The court was also told that the Brexit Party leader was shocked and embarrassed by the attack upon him, which happened 3 days before the European elections.

Prosecuting James Long said that for a split second, Mr Farage would not have known whether it was milkshake, or “something more sinister”.

Nigel Farage
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Nigel Farage after milkshake attack

Farage milkshake attack man pleads guilty

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage by throwing a milkshake at him.

Paul Crowther, 32, from the Throckley area of Newcastle, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court this morning.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault on Mr Farage on 20 May, when he threw a milkshake at him while the politician was campaigning for the European elections.

Mr Farage's suit was left splattered with banana and salted caramel milkshake.

Crowther (seen below arriving in court) also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a microphone.

Paul Crowther appears at court
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Paul Crowther appears at court

BreakingMan pleads guilty to Nigel Farage milkshake attack

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting Nigel Farage by throwing a milkshake at him in Newcastle.

Paul Crowther pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault on Mr Farage on 20 May when he appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning.

More to follow.