Nigel Farage says bus attack won’t stop him campaigning for reform after gunman threw a can and a cup of coffee at him

Nigel Farage says bus attack won’t stop him campaigning for reform after gunman threw a can and a cup of coffee at him

Authors: Rory Tingle, Home Affairs Correspondent and Chris Brooke

11:59 June 11, 2024, updated 16:15 June 11, 2024

Nigel Farage has vowed not to be “harassed or intimidated” after a “pro-refugee protester” threw a can and a cup of coffee at him during an open-top bus trip through Barnsley.

Dramatic footage shows a man in a red hoodie throwing objects at the reform leader from his workplace before being caught by builders and arrested by police.

Witnesses say the man was part of a group that had gathered for a demonstration in support of refugees, while Farage said he believed was pelted with wet cement.

But one of the workers, Paul Stott, 52, told the Mail: ‘A man in a red hoodie was standing with protesters at one point and then came over here. He grabbed a can and a cup of coffee from the trash can and threw them away. There was no cement. There was a bottle there, but luckily he didn’t catch it.

Calling the man a “moron,” he added: “We kicked him out of the compound. He then ran away, but police quickly caught him and arrested him. There were tools here and our main concern was that the public should not be in this area.

This is the second time he has been targeted during the general election campaign last week after an OnlyFans model threw a milkshake at him in Clacton, Essex.

Nigel Farage was today targeted by an attacker, not pictured, throwing objects during an open-top bus tour in Barnsley
A protester in a red hoodie throws a cup of coffee at the leader of the Reform Party
A man fights with workers
He is then taken away by police following the shocking incident that took place in South Yorkshire this morning
JUNE 4: Mr Farage doused himself with a milkshake at an election rally in Clacton
2019: The politician was also attacked with a milkshake while speaking to voters in Newcastle in the run-up to the Brexit referendum

Before today’s incident in Barnsley, around 100 protesters gathered on Eldon Street in Barnsley and tried to drown out Mr Farage as he addressed spectators through a microphone on an open-top bus.

The reform leader later told reporters: “We are now dealing with a mob that wants to shut down all debate, a mob that is ready to use violence to achieve its goals, and for a democratic country that is really very, very disturbing.” .’

Asked how he was feeling, Farage added: “Me? I’m used to this. I don’t like it, of course not. It stops me from doing what I want.

“I do best when I go out, meet people and talk to them, discuss things with them, go to pubs or whatever else I do. And these aggressive young people are stopping me. It’s very, very frustrating.

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He posted the video on X, saying: “I have a huge thank you to South Yorkshire Police today.

“I will not be intimidated or intimidated by a violent leftist mob that hates our country.”

Farage later said the attack was “pretty nasty”.

Speaking at a campaign event in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, he said police had previously told them leaving the battle bus was “not a good idea”.

He said: “Protest is allowed. Protests are part of our democratic process. But protest must stay within certain limits. Protest isn’t about throwing cement or even stones at me.

“I don’t mind, if someone shouted something rude at me, I’d probably shout it back. But when it comes to violence, it actually poses a real threat.

He called the attack “brutal” and said if he had gotten off the bus he would be in hospital now.

He said he agreed that people throwing objects during the campaign should “absolutely” go to jail.

Spectators cheered as officers in Barnsley arrested a man who threw objects at Mr Farage.

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that a 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

“We arrested a 28-year-old man today on suspicion of disorderly conduct in connection with disturbances in Barnsley town centre,” police said.

“The man is believed to have thrown items from a nearby construction site.

“The suspect was quickly arrested and remains in police custody.”

Farage enthusiastically welcomed Reform Party supporters on the roof of the bus
A man throws objects from a construction site towards an open-top bus where Mr Farage is standing
When it became clear that objects were being thrown at him, Mr Farage ducked for cover
A man holds a cup of coffee in his left hand as workers look at it, then he rushes to catch it
A man fights with a police officer after he fled the scene in Barnsley
The man was arrested by officers in Barnsley. Farage later thanked South Yorkshire Police
Mr Farage speaks from the top of an open-top bus before being attacked (not by anyone in the photo)
Today they are protesting against Farage in Barnsley. There is no suggestion that anyone in the photos attacked him
Earlier, the reform leader painted his nails at The Lash beauty salon in Hoyland
The politician was in a good mood as he started his journey in an open-top bus

Victoria Thomas Bowen, 25, was charged with assault by beating causing damage after a milkshake was thrown at Mr Farage as he left the Moon and Starfish Wetherspoon pub in Clacton-on-Sea on Tuesday last week Essex.

The incident sparked widespread condemnation from MPs across the political spectrum, including Labour’s Yvette Cooper, who called it a “disgrace” and “completely unacceptable and inappropriate”.

Essex Police said: “A woman is due to appear in court following an incident in Clacton.

“Victoria Thomas Bowen, 25, will appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, July 2, to face charges of assault by beating and criminal damage.

“The charges relate to an incident where a man was thrown a drink in the Marine Parade East area of ​​Clacton at around 2.10pm on Tuesday 4 June.

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“A 44-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker has been released and will not face any further action.”

It sparked condemnation from MPs across the political spectrum, including Labour’s Yvette Cooper, who called it a “disgrace” and “completely unacceptable and inappropriate”.

The incident with Clacton had echoes of 2019 when he was the victim of a similar stunt at Newcastle.

His attacker was later ordered to carry out community service and pay £350 compensation.

Farage made a dramatic return to the political front line and also became the leader of British reform in place of Richard Tice.

CLACTON: Mr Farage was hit with a milkshake as he left a Wetherspoons pub last week
As Mr Farage left the pub, he was surrounded by burly security guards as usual, but they were unable to do anything as the contents of what appeared to be a McDonald’s cup were thrown at him
Victoria Thomas-Bowen pictured last week after being charged with criminal damage and assault
Thomas-Bowen will appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on July 2 to answer to the charges
It hit him square in the face, though he wiped his eyes and continued