Outspoken UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who has received numerous death threats during his tenure as a European parliamentarian, spoke for the first time last night about being the victim of an assassination attempt after his car was sabotaged, causing a terrifying motorway crash. As The Daily Mail reports, Farage careered off a French road after a wheel on his Volvo came loose while he was driving from Brussels back to his home in Kent. When the police arrived at the scene, they told him that the nuts on all of the wheels had been deliberately unscrewed...
The "frightening" incident which took place in October, near Dunkirk, followed a series of poisonous feuds within his party over recent years, both in London and in the European Parliament, where he sits as an MEP.
As The Daily Mail reports, when the emergency services arrived, they told a shaken Mr Farage that he had been the victim of a malicious act.
"The French police looked at it and said that sometimes nuts on one wheel can come a bit loose – but not on all four," Mr Farage said.
"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."
When he was asked who he thought might have been responsible, Mr Farage replied: "I haven't got a clue. Quite frankly, the way my life's been over the past two-and-a-half years, nothing surprises me."
Mr. Farage said he had not asked police to pursue the investigation because he didn’t want to ‘make anything of it’. When asked if he had received death threats, Mr Farage said: "Of course. It’s not a particularly easy game, this."
He added: "The French police and mechanics looked at it but I have made no formal report in this country. The mechanics were absolutely certain of [foul play] but I have decided to take no further action."
Mr Farage frequently drives himself to his offices in the parliament buildings from Kent because he says it is the easiest way to juggle his ‘mad’ schedule. For security reasons, Mr Farage would not say where he parks his vehicle in Brussels.