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Nigel Farage: Objects thrown at Reform leader while campaigning



By Kathryn ArmstrongBBC News

Objects thrown at Nigel Farage on open-top bus

Nigel Farage appears to have had at least one object thrown at him while on the campaign trail in South Yorkshire.

The Reform UK leader posted a video on X, formerly Twitter, which appeared to show objects being thrown at him while he was on top of a bus in Barnsley on Tuesday.

“I will not be bullied or cowed by a violent left-wing mob who hate our country,” he wrote about the incident.

South Yorkshire Police says it has arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of public order offences.

PA Nigel Farage flinches after an object is thrown at him.PA

Nigel Farage was campaigning in South Yorkshire when the alleged incident happened

“It is believed that the man threw objects from a nearby construction area,” police said in a statement.

“These people want to stop my election campaign. That’s never going to happen,” Mr Farage added.

The video posted on his X account showed a man in a red jacket throwing objects from a building site before being stopped by what appears to be construction workers.

He was later detained by police, who said the man remains in custody.

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Police officers escort a person after objects were thrown at Reform UK leader Nigel Farage on the Reform UK campaign bus

The incident happened as a crowd of Stand Up to Racism protestors interrupted Mr Farage as he spoke from the vehicle.

Reform UK supporters and Stand Up to Racism protesters both chanted against each other as crowds formed around the bus in the town centre.

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

He had been touring Barnsley and had just left Hoyland, where he had had a warmer welcome. He called in at a beauticians and posed with staff while joking about having his nails painted.

Mr Farage also spoke with shoppers and while standing by a market stall selling eggs, joked that after being covered in a milkshake last week he did not want eggs to be the next thing thrown at him.

Last week, Mr Farage had a banana milkshake thrown at him while campaigning in Clacton.

A woman was later charged with assault.

During a campaign walkabout in Newcastle in 2019, he also had banana and salted caramel milkshake thrown at him.

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