Main newscast highlights Cambridge incident China Central Television yesterday aired full footage of a man hurling a shoe at Premier Wen Jiabao during his speech at Britain's Cambridge University - an unusual departure from its normal practice of suppressing embarrassing events related to leaders. Beijing condemned the incident as 'despicable' and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the British authorities apologised. 'This kind of behaviour is unpopular and will not obstruct the development of the Sino-British relationship,' Ms Jiang said. Mainland media earlier said Mr Wen's speech at the university was interrupted by a western man, but the reports did not mention that a shoe was thrown. But in a departure from past practice, the official China Central Television highlighted the incident in its main newscast last night and broadcast the full footage of the disruption. The video showed Mr Wen pausing and resuming his speech as a journalist described the protester, who was off camera, throwing the shoe and then being taken away. Video clips uploaded on YouTube show the protester being taken away by security officers after throwing the shoe, while some in the audience shouted 'Shame on you'. The video clips were blocked on the mainland. The British media described the protester as a 27-year-old who spoke accented English. The Guardian newspaper reported that the man was charged with a public order offence and would appear before magistrates next week. Both the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom were unable to provide information about the assailant or his motive. The reports on the incident attracted many responses from the Chinese public on the internet, but a source from a major mainland news portal said the authorities had ordered that any negative comments be deleted. 'Only a few of the comments are allowed to be posted and they must be positive. Everything that is ironic will be taken out,' the source said. On one of the mainland's popular chat rooms, KDnet, most of the postings were about the George W. Bush shoe-hurling case in Iraq and commentators only made vague reference to Mr Wen's incident. Many pledged their support for Mr Wen, a widely popular premier, and some condemned the protester on other websites. One of his fans on Facebook wrote: 'Grandpa Wen, you were excellent in the Cambridge speech! [I] support you!' Another netizen wrote on Sina.com: 'A country's premier should have the manner of Mr Wen. Mr Wen, your compatriots are proud of you.' Despite the incident, the Foreign Ministry hailed Mr Wen's trip to Europe as 'fruitful'. 'Now the Sino-European relationship is at a new starting point, this visit has boosted the development of Sino-European ties,' Ms Jiang said.