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Motorist told flag racist and more PC lunacy in UK

A TEENAGE motorist was told to remove an England flag from his car by a police officer because it could be offensive to immigrants.

Ben Smith, 18, was driving back home to Ingram Road in Melksham on Thursday evening after filling up with petrol, when the officer stopped him on a routine patrol.

He checked the tax disc and tyres on his Vauxhall Corsa but when he noticed the flag of St George on the parcel shelf he told Mr Smith to take it down.

Mr Smith, who works for G Plan Upholsterers on Hampton Park West, said: "He saw the flag and said it was racist towards immigrants and if I refused to take it down I would get a £30 fine.

"I laughed because I thought he was joking, but then I realised he was serious so I had to take it down straight away. I thought it was silly - it's my country and I want to show my support for my country."

Mr Smith had recently installed new speakers in the parcel shelf of his car and wanted to cover them up so they did not get stolen.

advertisementHe used the flag and laid it out flat on the shelf so it was not obscuring his view out of the rear window.

But it was only there a couple of days before he was stopped by the officer at about 9.30pm close to Melksham Enterprise Park and made to take it down.

He said he is used to getting stopped by the police because he is a young male driver and is often mistaken for a boy racer'.

But he thought it was "a bit strange" to be asked to take down the England flag when the officer found nothing else wrong with his car.

PC Dave Cooper, of Chippenham Road Policing Unit, said he had never come across an officer asking someone to remove an England flag from their car because it could be racist.

He added: "It all depends on the context of a stop. 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 there would be no police log of Mr Smith having been stopped with details of what was said to him, as there was nothing wrong with his car.

He added the officer could have been based anywhere around the county and just made an independent stop.

Source

Man ordered to take down a flag of St George from his home as it advertises England: Story

Schoolkids are being punished for flying the English flag: Story


Added: May-26-2008 
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  • If immigrants are "offended" by the country's flag that they migrated to, then they should stay the f*ck out of that country! What an apologist wimp for a police officer.

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  • You have lost your country.

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  • ben should of told him to fvck off,got arrested and sold his story to news of the world,he is young,and knows nothing of our british perks

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  • Bullshit political correctness gone insane.

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  • If this is true it is a disgrace, not surprizing, but a disgrace.

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  • Now I have heard it all!! Take down the flag of my country because I am offending someone, yet I'm still in my country??? Kiss my *ss!!! I would honestly tattoo that flag on the SOB's forehead before I would move that flag anywhere. This is insane, and if it is true that this story is the result of offending an immigrant... let me just say this.

    Do not immigrate to a country if you do not want to eventually become a contributing, citizen of that country. If you are offended by the flag and wha More..

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  • time to take the trash out..(islam)..

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  • I would have told the a55hole to arrest me and kiss his job goodbye.
    And sued him for being racist.

    Posted May-27-2008 By 

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  • The police often intimidate the young and naive. The young guy should have taken this to court and as bongo1 said, milked it for every penny in the newspapers.

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    • Well said. The police guy was obviously was looking for a reason to pull him over.

      lol@Typical retarded comments coming from people who don't live in Britain.

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  • LMAO

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  • I'd put up a flag that says "Fuck Immigrants".

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  • Stupid power tripping officer,its not against the law....same thing was peddled by the press in the last world cup in 2006...funny thing is no minority groups ever complained or said they were offended....pc bullshit by a bullshit spouting pc....there are hundreds of thousands of St George flags flying on pubs,cars,houses etc throughout England,are they going to order the nation to take them all down?...of course not....load old shit and the cop should be ordered to apologise....just a young kid More..

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  • wow UK is more fucked up than the US

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  • this is f*ckin shockin man,f*ck every1 who's affended by the enlgish/british dont come over ere then man. we never av any problems with any other foreniers apart from muslims all the b*stard time yo!....haha muppets ive got an british army flag a british flag an st george flag outside ma gaf/house

    Posted May-27-2008 By 

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  • totally unbelievable...

    Posted May-26-2008 By 

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  • LOL, your freedoms are GONE. Thats what happens when a society is fully monitored and controlled by government.

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  • perhaps it may be because this flag was the same one used during the crusades? Or maybe this flag has a similar reputation as the confederate flag? I dunno. just a guess.

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  • for some reason a while back cuddly shrekhead (we love im) proudly brandished the self same symbol.......curiously it came down a while later after this very arguement was put to him...........i tend to associate this flag with the beefier end of the heavy brigade biggots of england with their fiddles, intimidation, pints of beer, vague building contracts, bags of cheap meat, market stall bantering sub working class brigade............with national front tendencies.....like those who wear the bu More..

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    • Odd.. I just associate it with loving my country. I assume, until I see evidence to the contrary that anyone else flying one loves their country aswell. Though I do agree with you about the copper.

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  • Europe has become weak kneed worriers, soon they will require Muslem language be the official dialect so as not to offend easily outraged Muslims who riot at the frop of a hat and behead their woman for not wearing headgear. Tell an Iranian cop that their flag offends you and see how quick you git put in jail and tortured

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  • i would have paid the 30 quid..

    Posted May-31-2008 By 

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  • A local muslim leader objected to the english flag on a building near me and it was taken down.Apparently the flag has nazi overtones.the building was our FIRE STATION.

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  • I Guess Richy was Right.

    Posted May-26-2008 By 

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  • Looks like England is doomed. Soon it will be Shari laws for all. You pack of fools deserve it for continually backing muslim extremism!
    Start deporting these parasites before its too late!

    Posted May-27-2008 By 

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  • I think "freedom fighter" does have a good point. Why bite the hand that feeds you?
    But I also agree w/ "rtd": no one mentioned "islam" at all in the article, and Muslims aren't the only immigrants in Britain, so why the conversation shift here?

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    • Because Muslims are the whiney sh1t-disturbers of the world and there's a very good chance that that's who would be offended that's why.
      If they don't like looking at the British flag they can fuk off to a country where they don't have it, or freedom to bitch about it either.

      Posted Jun-27-2008 By 

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    • $100 says it was a Muslim that complained. PC says you don't say who it was. If you do not like the flag of the country where you live then get out.

      Posted Sep-24-2008 By 

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  • I think I would pause, reflect...and then refuse to remove it. Take me to jail and I'll see you in court...in front of a jury of my peers, you oppressive, ignorant ass!

    Countersuit.

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