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Inflatable Boris Johnson blown up near election count centre

Local businessmen erected a 30ft inflatable Boris Johnson outside the by-election count for Hartlepool. The 20-strong group, known as the Hartlepool Wombles, said the 4am stunt was not a political statement but heralded a historic change in the town. The inflatable prime minister, with thumbs aloft, cost around £2,000 and was one of several blow-up characters they have bought.

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