Nigel Farage attacked by protesters

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage is believed to have been hit over the head with a placard by an angry protester as he made his way into a hotel in Margate to meet supporters.

Footage from ITV Meridian showed the South East MEP, who is based in Lyminster near LIttlehampton, being pushed and shoved by a group of people waving placards outside the Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville.

Following the incident, Mr Farage told the regional news channel that he hoped it would not become a regular occurrence.

He said: "It happened in Edinburgh last year and it happened here.

"This was actually worse than Edinburgh, because in Edinburgh they came along to make a noise.

"Here they came to bar me from actually physically entering this hotel, and with the intent to physically hurt me, so that's not very nice; don't like it, but that's not going to stop me."

Kent Police said they were aware of the incident and that someone had presented themselves at the police station.

A police spokeswoman said: "Kent Police is investigating after a 49-year-old man was reportedly assaulted as he entered the Walpole Bay Hotel, Cliftonville, at around 3pm today. The man is not reported to have suffered an injury.

"Officers will be reviewing CCTV of the incident. No arrests have been made and inquiries are on-going to locate the suspect.

"At 3.30pm another man attended the local police station to report that he was also assaulted at the Walpole Bay Hotel at around the same time of the incident.

"Officers are also investigating this assault and inquiries are on-going."

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11:36am Tue 21 Jan 14

nosolution says...

Left wing bully-boy tactics...
Left wing bully-boy tactics... nosolution
  • Score: 9

11:47am Tue 21 Jan 14

spa301 says...

It always seems now to be the left who use violence and seek to prevent free speech.
If the boot were on the other foot, I can just imagine their self righteous squealing.
Free speech is for all.
It always seems now to be the left who use violence and seek to prevent free speech. If the boot were on the other foot, I can just imagine their self righteous squealing. Free speech is for all. spa301
  • Score: 15

11:49am Tue 21 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Not condoning violence, but if these idi0t's are hell bent on it, why are they not attacking David"we are all in it together"Cameron and his fellow despot's?
Not condoning violence, but if these idi0t's are hell bent on it, why are they not attacking David"we are all in it together"Cameron and his fellow despot's? tykemison
  • Score: 14

12:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Not a big fan of this guy, but that's definitely out of order
Not a big fan of this guy, but that's definitely out of order Gribbet
  • Score: 18

12:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Why is this in local news, Margate is not a district of East or West Sussex,
just the Argus flying it's political Flag
Why is this in local news, Margate is not a district of East or West Sussex, just the Argus flying it's political Flag ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 5

1:59pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Ricayboy says...

Good old democracy and free speech at work. If you can't win a debate, use violence.
Good old democracy and free speech at work. If you can't win a debate, use violence. Ricayboy
  • Score: 17

3:29pm Tue 21 Jan 14

gheese77 says...

Many of these self righteous 'anti facists' act like facists themselves, if they don't like what you say they will use violence to try and stop you saying it
Many of these self righteous 'anti facists' act like facists themselves, if they don't like what you say they will use violence to try and stop you saying it gheese77
  • Score: 15

5:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

Bashing someone over the head with a placard? It's like a sketch in the Beano!
Bashing someone over the head with a placard? It's like a sketch in the Beano! Sussex jim
  • Score: 0

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