Guilty plea: Man who hit Nigel Farage with placard

Political activist Andrew Scott has been given a community service order after admitting a charge of assault by beating against UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Kent.

Scott, who's 38 and from Margate, was captured on film by an ITV News Meridian camera striking Mr Farage with a wooden placard as he entered a hotel in the town for a political meeting last January.

Meridian's footage was viewed in open court before District Judge Justin Barrow passed sentence.

Mr Farage was being jostled by protestors and later admitted he'd been shocked and scared following the incident, which came weeks after he underwent major spinal surgery.

At Margate Magistrates' Court Scott apologised via his lawyer for his ''reckless act.''

He will undergo 80 hours of unpaid community work and was ordered to pay a total of £145 in costs and as a victim's surcharge.

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