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Nigel Farage forced to take refuge on bus

Battle bus: Nigel Farage had to take cover after the threat of a milkshake attack in Kent PICTURE: TWITTER

NIGEL FARAGE was forced to take refuge on his bus yesterday after men armed with milkshakes circled.

Three protesters, dressed in black and with balaclavas on, were spotted near the bus in Rochester, Kent.

Bus driver Michael Bolton, speaking to Kent Live, said: ‘There are a couple of guys standing over there with milkshakes. They were going to throw them over him. But the police are there. Nigel isn’t getting off the bus.’

Officers later spoke to a separate group, believed to have been carrying iced coffees.

Coffee mates: Police speak to bystanders said to be holding iced drinks PICTURE: LNP

It came after Paul Crowther, 32, was charged with common assault and criminal damage after a drink was thrown over the Brexit party leader in Newcastle on Monday.

And Mr Farage faced another cold blast yesterday — from Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable. In a debate ahead of European Parliament elections today, Sir Vince said Mr Farage played a role in whipping up antagonism to foreigners.

He said: ‘In the referendum you told us that next year Turks are going to be free to come to come to this country. A lot of people were alarmed by something that is patently untrue. You put out that advertisement showing immigrants who had dark faces. It was giving a totally false picture of what immigration amounts to.’

Mr Farage said he ‘utterly rejects’ the accusation. ‘All I have ever argued is that we should have a free, fair system that stops discriminating against India and Australia in favour of Romania, or anywhere else,’ he said.