man native Brit to hide ‘racist’ St George flag
A football fan says police ordered him to remove an England flag from his car – because it could be deemed racist.
Mr Smith, of Melksham, Wiltshire, said: “I honestly could not believe what the police officer was saying.
PC Dave Cooper, of Wiltshire Police, could not confirm details of the incident as it had not been logged.
But he admitted there might be situations where a police officer considered the displaying of a flag as an inflammatory act.
He said: “It all depends on the context. If they are going past a lot of Polish people, for instance, and abusing them, then we possibly would ask them to take the flag down.”
He said the officer involved in the incident could have been based anywhere in Wiltshire. The fact there was no log of Mr Smith being stopped indicated there was nothing wrong with his car.
But Chief Inspector Charlie Dibble, of Wiltshire Police, believed the issue was more likely to be one of road safety.
He said: “The officer asked him to remove the flag from his parcel shelf, where he admits it was covering his speakers.
“Road safety and the ability to have a clear view at all times of what is behind you is of great public importance.
“Officers are encouraged to take positive action in this regard and this would apply if there was any object obscuring the driver’s view.”