Arrests for ‘spitting’ at Clegg

Incident: A suspect is led away by security staff after a spitting attack on Deputy Prime Minister.'             PICTURE: STEVE TAYLOR.

Incident: A suspect is led away by security staff after a spitting attack on Deputy Prime Minister.' PICTURE: STEVE TAYLOR.

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TWO women were arrested for trying to spit at Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during his visit to Sheffield.

The pair were detained by police after approaching the Hallam MP in the canteen at Castle College, on Granville Road, where Mr Clegg was speaking about Sheffield’s City Deal and visiting an exhibition by school pupils.

The women walked up to Mr Clegg without speaking and spat in his direction.

They were detained by security staff and Mr Clegg’s close protection team before police were called.

Two officers arrived and led the women away for questioning over the incident.

Mr Clegg was unruffled by the attack and continued with his engagements.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed: “Two women have been arrested in Sheffield after the Deputy Prime Minister had water spat at him this morning, during a visit to Sheffield City College. The women, thought to be in their 20s, are currently in police custody.”

Mr Clegg’s office did not comment about the attack.

He has previously been subject to incidents including a woman verbally abusing him on a flight. Other politicians subjected to attacks include David Cameron and Tony Blair who had eggs thrown at them, while former Deputy PM John Prescott famously punched a protester.