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McDonalds Told To Not Sell Ice Cream Or Milkshakes Ahead Of Nigel Farage Rally
18 May 2019, 16:48 | Updated: 18 May 2019, 17:00
Police in Scotland told a branch of McDonalds to stop selling ice cream and milkshakes ahead of a Nigel Farage rally.
Staff at a branch of McDonalds near a campaign rally for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party were told to stop selling its milkshakes and ice cream by the police.
A printed sign in the Edinburgh restaurant read: "We will not be selling milkshakes or ice creams tonight. This is due to a police request given recent events".
It comes after far-right politicians have been targeted with dairy-based products, with both Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin both having food and drink thrown at them during the European election campaign.
Tommy Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had a milkshake thrown over his head and shoulders during public campaigning in Warrington, Cheshire - the second time in a week after a similar incident in Greater Manchester.
Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin, who is under police investigation for making a 'jokey' rape comment about MP Jess Philips, had a milkshake thrown at him on three occasions as he toured Devon and Cornwall.
Dear people of Scotland.— Burger King (@BurgerKingUK) May 18, 2019
We’re selling milkshakes all weekend.
Love BK #justsaying
A McDonalds spokesperson said: "At the request of Police Scotland, we temporarily removed our McFlurry and milkshake products from sale in our Chesser avenue yesterday evening."
The Brexit Party had held a rally at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange in the evening, which is around the corner from the branch of McDonalds.
Police Scotland have not commented on the ban, but a member of staff described the situation as "ridiculous".
Writing on Twitter, competitor Burger King said that milkshakes would still be on the menu, adding "have fun".