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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
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