Nigel Farage hides on campaign bus to avoid milkshake protesters

Nigel Farage has called a campaign stop short after young men carrying milkshakes were spotted nearby.

The Brexit Party leader became the latest far-right politician to be doused in milkshake earlier this week, and was keen to avoid a repeat of those scenes while in Kent, local media reported.

Three men wearing balaclavas and carrying milkshakes were spotted near the former UKIP leader's campaign bus on Wednesday (local time).

"There are a couple of guys standing over there with milkshakes, they were going to throw them over him," driver Michael Botton told KentLive.

"But the police are there, we've spotted them and now Nigel isn't getting off the bus."

Since anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson was doused in a dairy delicacy earlier this month, the humble milkshake has become a symbol of the radical left. Other victims include UKIP member Carl Benjamin and a reporter for far-right news site Breitbart.

Supporters have begun using the hashtag #SplashTheFash on social media to encourage more attacks.

A McDonald's branch in Edinburgh was asked by police earlier this week not to sell milkshakes and McFlurries on the night a Farage rally was scheduled nearby. Rival chain Burger King responded by advertising it would be selling milkshakes "all weekend", leading to claims it was endorsing political violence.

The man who started the trend when he spontaneously decided to drench Robinson earlier this month, Danyaal Mahmud, has received death threats.

"I'm a low-key person, I didn't anticipate this publicity and I don't want it," he told The Observer.

Farage didn't respond when asked by KentLive if he had a spare suit on hand.