Fundraiser launched to help Nigel Farage’s milkshake attacker cover court costs

An online fundraiser has been set up to help the man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage cover his compensation and court costs.

The GoFundMe page was set up to raise the £520 Paul Crowther has been ordered to pay, and within three hours had almost reached its target. It has already reached more than £600.

Berofe it hit the target the organiser behind the fundraiser had said he and 32-year-old Crowther will put any surplus towards an anti-racism cause.

Crowther has required police protection since the milkshake attack on the politician. A court hearing his case was told he has received threats and also lost his job over the incident.

The fundraiser's organiser Graeme Rayner wrote: "I set up this page for Paul Crowther because I felt that the punishment didn't fit the crime.

"Throwing a milkshake over someone is, in my opinion, relatively harmless.

"As a direct consequence of this, Paul has become a target for hate from the far right, has lost his job and now has a criminal record.

"I vehemently oppose Nigel Farage and his politics, and am absolutely certain that this case was prosecuted to the extent it was because of the identity of the victim, not the nature of the crime."

"As a stand up comedian, I very much doubt that an audience member would suffer the same consequences for pouring a drink over me in protest at something I said on stage.

"Whilst I agree that protesters should act within the law and suffer the consequences if they choose not to, I believe this whole affair has been blown out of proportion, and wanted to show some solidarity.

"Should we raise more than the intended target, he and I will agree on a registered charity opposed to racism and hatred to benefit from the surplus funds, almost certainly one that would irritate Mr Farage.

"Once we hit the target, I plan to invite him to one of my gigs, and I may buy him a pint, or a milkshake."

The British milkshaking phenomenon became an international curiosity after a string of mostly far-right political figures were hit with milky beverages in recent months.

Some were targeted repeatedly by milkshake-wielding demonstrators.

That included failed UKIP Member of European Parliament candidate Carl Benjamin, who attracted widespread condemnation for saying he "wouldn't even rape" Labour MP Jess Phillips, and then refused to apologise for the remarks.

The milkshaking trend was divisive- with supporters saying hurling food at politicians was a centuries-old tradition of political protest, and critics labelling it a form of violence.

But some people disagreed with the fundraiser, with one person commenting: "This is a disgrace.

"He got of (sic) lightly.

"He was found guilty and maybe he will learn a lesson from this. Donating to this cause is wrong."

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