BBC Northern Ireland reporter covering Conservative Party Conference branded 'Nazi scum' by protesters
A BBC Northern Ireland reporter covering the Conservative Party Conference has said he was called "Nazi scum" as he entered the venue in Manchester.
Activists have marched on Manchester Central for the Tory conference in protest at the government's austerity policies.
Large crowd at entrance to Conservative Conference shouted "Nazi scum" and threw plastic balls as activists and journalists went in.— Stephen Walker (@StepWalkTV) October 5, 2015
Around 80,000 protesters are thought to have descended on the city to voice their outrage.
Conservatives attending the conference have been warned not to wear their passes or lanyards around the city.
Protesters, however, have gathered at the entrance to the venue and heckled many of those attending, including journalists.
BBC Northern Ireland reporter Stephen Walker has been covering the conference and took to Twitter to give an insight into his experiences.
Earlier, the broadcaster said the day "could be fun" after he was kept awake by an all-night rave outside his hotel, the fire alarm going off and the hotel being evacuated.
It was the second day in a row journalists have said they were spat at as they entered the conference.
While the majority protesting have been mild-mannered there have been a small number of arrests and angry exchanges.
First time in my career I have been called "Nazi scum" - just had to avoid the plastic balls although one of my colleagues was spat at.— Stephen Walker (@StepWalkTV) October 5, 2015
@StepWalkTV Are you missing the local political scene yet?— John O' Dowd (@JohnODowdSF) October 5, 2015