Harriet Sluman
Harriet Sluman

Two people arrested after eggs were thrown at John Prescott’s battle bus in Northants have been fined and released.

An egg hit Mr Prescott’s vehicle as he left a party rally in Rushden after a speech by Tony Blair on Wednesday.

Later a Northants Police spokesman said a man and a woman arrested for throwing eggs had been fined £80 each for public order offences at the rally.

[Harriet Sluman, a student at the Bristol School of Veterinary Science, and a supporter of the Woodland Pytchley hunt, was fined £80 after throwing a missile at a Labour Party campaign bus – BBC chose to not reveal this.]

About 40 pro-hunt supporters jeered as the two left their first rally after launching Labour’s election manifesto.

After Mr Blair was driven out of the Pemberton Centre a 20-year-old woman, from Weston by Welland, Northants, was arrested after throwing an egg at Mr Prescott’s vehicle.

‘Right to roam’

A 19-year-old man, from Holcot, Northants, was also arrested after an egg-throwing incident.

Pro-hunt campaigners later accused Mr Prescott of taunting demonstrators who were kept behind barriers 100 yards from the doors of the centre.

Video footage showed Mr Prescott, on the loud speaker of his battle bus, saying to protesters: “Thank you very much … Countryside Alliance.

“Thank you for coming out, lovely people, right to roam.”

Protester Martin Garner said: “He was laughing. He always does this to us, he is a very provocative man and he does not understand our cause.”

Source: BBC News

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