21st Oct, 2017

Council and police deny england flag claims

Coventry Editorial 12th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CLAIMS householders have been told to take down England flags from their homes have been rubbished by the police and city council chiefs.

Rumours circulated online this week that police officers had been ordering people to remove England flags in areas of Tile Hill and Foleshill Hill.

A post on the True Coventrians Facebook page, which has over 9,000 members, said officers were knocking on doors asking residents to remove flags from their homes because they may cause offence.

But West Midlands Police dismissed those claims as ‘a rumour which circulates during every major sporting event’.

The council also took to Twitter to confirm they had not asked for any flags to be removed.

Instead they encouraged people to hang out flags and confirmed and England flag will be raised outside the Council House this week.

Broadgate will also have a patriotic feel and will be displaying ten England flags ahead of England’s first match on Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to supporting the England team in the coming weeks. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the event,” said Lord Mayor Hazel Noonan.

“Coventry prides itself on its diverse communities and I am sure that many local people will be supporting other teams as well.”

Coun Abdul Khan, cabinet member for sport, added: “Coventry has always been a city where sport is very important. I’m sure many Coventry people are hoping for England to do well on Saturday, the anticipation is growing. I personally hope to see the team go far this year.”

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