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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 April, 2005, 20:25 GMT 21:25 UK
Pair fined for rally egg-throwing
Tony Blair and John Prescott at a rally in Rushden
Blair and Prescott rallied the Labour faithful in Northants
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.

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."





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