Nigel Farage has been forced to abandon a public appearance in Rotherham amid protests and accusations of "rubber-necking" at victims of child sex abuse.

The Ukip leader was due to cut the ribbon on the campaign office of the parliamentary candidate Jane Collins, but his team said he was not coming out of the building on police advice.

Farage said he was the victim of trade union-funded bullying, while a party spokesman branded a 40-strong group of demonstrators "hardline Socialist Workers".

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