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Farage: 'I wish Tony Blair was here this morning'

ITV News has spoken exclusively to Nigel Farage on board a boat in Grimsby, with the Ukip leader claiming his party is set to win in the constituency.

Farage said "I wish Tony Blair was here this morning", as he noted that he had just seen a boat load of cars being imported from Germany.

He said it highlighted that Britain imported "a million cars a year more than we export", and dismissed claims that leaving the EU would stop European businesses trading with the UK.

"There are no drawbacks for trade [from an EU exit]. Just look at those three thousand cars that came off that boat and understand that trade isn't made by government.

"Trade [happens] because a consumer likes a product and is prepared to pay the price."

Farage was joined on a campaign visit by Joey Essex, who is meeting the four major party leaders as part of an ITV2 programme.


Police 'considering' racial motive for mosque attacks

Humberside Police have said they are considering the possibility that the "mosque was targeted for racial reasons," but stressed that it would not be fair to speculate on this at present.

They said there was was "no suggestion" of a link between two separate offences - a fire at the mosque last night, and reports of youths damaging the building on Thursday.

Police: Those responsible 'will be brought to justice'

The immediate response by officers, to both incidents at the Mosque on Weelsby Road in Grimsby, lead to a number of arrests being made quickly and investigations are underway by detectives from Grimsby Police Station.

I would like to remind people that these are serious offences which are being investigated and those who are responsible will be brought to justice.

It is important to remember that those people who have committed these offences are a very small minority and they do not reflect the vast majority of people who live in North East Lincolnshire.

– Chief Superintendent Tony Forbes, humberside police

Police: 13 arrested in Grimsby over mosque attacks

Humberside Police have made a total of 13 arrests following incidents at a mosque on Weelsby Road in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Two men, aged 33 and 37, remain in custody after they were arrested in connection with a fire at the mosque on Sunday night.

Another 11 individuals were arrested last Thursday following reports of youths damaging vehicles and the Mosque.

Six of those people have been released without charge, and four 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy have been released on bail until the end of June.


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Mayor condemns mosque arson attack

Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Peggy Elliott, outside Grimsby mosque Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Peggy Elliott has condemned an alleged arson at a mosque in Grimsby.

"I can't believe people in the community would do such a thing but they are in the minority."

Councillor Peggy Elliott.

Police came across the fire at the Islamic Cutural Centre on Weelsby Road around 10pm last night. The fire was put out and no one was injured. Police say it is too early to speculate on the cause of the blaze. Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Grimsby MP: Arson attack plays into hands of terrorists

Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell said attacks on mosques and other Islamic institutions were playing into the hands of terrorists who wanted community conflict.

Mr Mitchell told BBC Radio Humberside: "It's sheer, simple stupidity. I'm appalled and shocked. I didn't expect this in Grimsby.

These idiots, whoever they are, are playing directly into the hand of the terrorists.

– Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell

Mosque chairman describes petrol bomb attack

A mosque chairman has spoken of the petrol bomb attack on the Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre last night.

Diler Gharib was inside the centre with a young family when it was targeted by arsonists.

He told the Grimsby Telegraph: "We had just finished our prayers and were discussing how to thank our neighbours for the support they have shown us over the past few days when we heard a bang and saw fire coming under the door."

I grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out and then two more petrol bombs hit the fire escape and the bin so I had to put those out too.

– Mosque chairman Diler Gharib
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