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Man denies hitting Nick Clegg in blue paint protest

Nick Clegg
Image caption Mr Rodger denies throwing an egg containing paint at Nick Clegg

A man has denied throwing a paint bomb at Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during a protest in Glasgow.

Stuart Rodger, 22, from Inverkeithing, Fife, is accused of throwing an egg containing paint at Mr Clegg in the city's Maryhill area on 25 August.

He is also accused of breach of the peace over the incident.

Mr Rodger entered a not guilty plea at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Sheriff Ian Miller continued his bail and trial was set for February next year.

The incident happened when Mr Clegg arrived at a question and answer session with Liberal Democrat activists at Woodside Hall in the city's west end at about 18:00.

Mr Rodger is accused of throwing an egg containing paint at Mr Clegg and striking him on the body with the paint at Glenfarg Street.

There is an alternative charge of a breach of the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly manner towards Mr Clegg, shouting at him, throwing an egg containing paint or similar liquid whereby the egg hit a pillar causing Mr Clegg and a number of police officers to be hit by the paint.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie was also hit by the paint.

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