Here's what Nigel Farage has to say about the failed 'assassination attempt' against him

Josh Barrie@JoshBythesea
Sunday 03 January 2016 11:10

Nigel Farage has been the apparent victim of an assassination attempt.

The Ukip leader was driving from Brussels to his home in Kent when a wheel flew off his Volvo V70 on a main road. He was in France at the time.

Police told the politician that his car’s wheels had been deliberately unscrewed – he had been forced to jump over a road barrier to flee lorries whooshing past him.

Farage told the Mail on Sunday:

It was the middle of bloody nowhere, and I was caught in a very bad position.

There was a huge section of roadworks with cars going back and forth on the same side of the carriageway. I suddenly realised I was losing steering but there was no hard shoulder to pull on to.

I slowed down, put the hazards on and then one of the wheels came off.

I jumped over the wall as quickly as I bloody well could to get away from lorries and everything.

Farage has been the recipient of death threats in the past during his tenure as the leader of Ukip – but this incident at the end of October is believed to be the first time he’s been targeted by a "malicious act," as stated by French police.

The 51-year-old said that the emergency services told him that nuts on vehicles can come loose – “but not all four”.

The MEP, who attends the European Parliament – not as often as some might expect – said he asked police not to pursue the investigation, as he “didn’t want to make anything of it.”

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