At least two would-be attackers were caught trying to smuggle knives into campaign rallies attended by UKIP leader Nigel Farage before he stood down, it has been revealed.
It is also claimed that a surge in death threats against Mr. Farage and his family contributed to him stepping down as the leader of UKIP.
The threats, some deemed “credible” by police, are even thought to have been made against his two young daughters, aged 11 and 16.
One source told the Express: “He has been very concerned about the death threats. They have really got to him.”
Another source explained to the Sunday Times: “While there was a campaign to fight and a cause to stand up for, he [Farage] put up with the shit.
“He’s not running away from threats but it’s part of the mood music of a modern politician, particularly one who is as high-profile and one who has upset so many people.”
12 days ago, an MP was killed on the streets of Britain. 12 days later… pic.twitter.com/qSSk7frDVf
— Tom Hulme (@Thatcherite4) June 28, 2016
Last Monday, the man who led UKIP for more than a decade and the UK towards a referendum announced his resignation, saying his “political ambition has been achieved”.
“I have never been and I have never wanted to be a career politician. I couldn’t possibly achieve more than we managed to achieve in the referendum. So I think it’s right that I should stand aside as leader of UKIP,” he explained.
Adding: “During the referendum campaign, I said I want my country back. What I am saying today is I want my life back, and it begins right now.”
Breitbart London reported in January on the fury of senior UKIP sources after details of an apparent plot to assassinate Mr. Farage were leaked to the national press. The UKIP leader was involved in an car accident on a French motorway after the wheel nuts on his Volvo estate came loose and a wheel fell off.
Mr. Farage was told by investigating police that the nuts holding the wheel in place had been loosened deliberately.
A Breitbart London analysis, made three days before the Brexit vote, revealed hundreds messages sent made on social media platforms urging and glorifying violence against the UKIP leader.
UKIP sources also confirmed at the time that they had witnessed a surge in threats made against Mr. Farage during the referendum campaign.