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£30 fine for flying an England flag?

Motorist told flag could be racist (From This Is Wiltshire)

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 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....

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.

Comments

Something very strange about the police claiming that there would be no record of the stop, I thought that anything like that would be recorded. Also the plod would be certain to a PNC check on the car which would be recorded.

I would think a racism complaint against the police officer would be justified.

Which flags would be deemed acceptable? Or is it anything but England.

As a lawyer, I don't think the officer was guilty of racism, but treason.

If the Wiltshire plod is to be believed, there are rogue officers prowling the county misinterpreting the law and doing so without any records or accountability. Utter crap! They're just embarrassed to 'fess up. Caught red-handed being utter twats.

A £30 fine for what, exactly?

Just for refusing to do what Plod says, regardless of circumstances?

Or is there in fact some catch-all motoring offence that makes this sort of abuse of authority technically legal?

Perhaps Wiltshire Police are like Limehouse police station and only approve flying the "gay" flag?

"No Record" eh? Seems to be another less than useless Plod who thinks he's the Sweeney throwing his weight around. Then the Police "Service" wonder why we the Public hold them in open contempt.

That no record thing is crap. Anyone who has read "Wasting Police Time" by Blogistan's own David Copperfield will know coppers have to spend ten minutes filling in a form for each person they stop and search. Since this was introduced to prove that coppers weren't stopping non-white people disproportionately, I find it hard to imagine the copper didn't fill one in when he stoppd a presumably white bloke.

Either PC Cooper is lying through his teeth, he doesn't know force policy or police in Wiltshire are systematically breaking Home Office regulations. None of the above are a good reflection on the Wiltshire Plod Force

What's the fine for telling a rozzer to fuck off?

You might end up with more than a fine, Kim. I wouldn't mind betting the filth would try to have you up for assault on a constable in the execution of his duty, which can get you a year in the clink. You might be able to argue that the constable was acting in excess of his authority, but I wouldn't bet on it.

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