Time to fly your flag for World Cup

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By NICK REINIS nick.reinis@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

FOOT­BALL fans are be­ing en­cour­aged to wear their colours with pride and fly their flags high dur­ing this month’s World Cup.

Ru­mours have been cir­cu­lat­ing in Peter­bor­ough and the sur­round­ing area that peo­ple are be­ing banned from wear­ing their Eng­land shirts and fly­ing flags with the cross of St Ge­orge on them. But those ru­mours have been dis­pelled as “myths” by Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil who are keen for peo­ple to en­joy the tour­na­ment.

Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice’s com­mu­nity safety and li­cens­ing team leader Deb­bie Samp­son said: “We’ve heard of the ru­mours and we’ve heard that there was some­thing on Face­book say­ing that peo­ple weren’t al­lowed to wear Eng­land shirts and have flags up. “How­ever, there is noth­ing to say that peo­ple can’t do this. We are happy for peo­ple to fly flags and wear shirts of any team, as long as they aren’t deroga­tory against any other com­mu­nity.”

A spokesman for the po­lice also con­firmed a tough stance would be taken against any foot­ball-re­lated anti-so­cial be­hav­iour dur­ing the tour­na­ment, which kicks off on June 11.

Eng­land’s open­ing fix­ture against the USA will take place the fol­low­ing day at 7.30pm, with pubs and clubs across Peter­bor­ough ex­pected to be packed out with fans.

The po­lice spokesman said: “Dur­ing the World Cup, po­lice will work to en­sure peo­ple who go to watch a match can do so with­out fear of vi­o­lence or dis­or­der.

“Of­fi­cers will pro­vide a friendly pres­ence but will not tol­er­ate an­ti­so­cial or il­le­gal be­hav­iour.”

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil has also con­firmed that putting up na­tional flags on ex­ist­ing struc­tures does not re­quire ex­tra plan­ning per­mis­sion.

But city plan­ners do need to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion if peo­ple fly a flag with a logo, brand or name em­bla­zoned on it – as it is no longer then clas­si­fied as a na­tional flag but as an ad­vert.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “Res­i­dents can dis­play any na­tional flag or the flag of St Ge­orge from any ex­ist­ing struc­ture they con­trol with­out need­ing per­mis­sion from the coun­cil.

“We would en­cour­age res­i­dents to fly na­tional flags, in­clud­ing the flags of Scot­land or Wales, in a way that will not cause an­noy­ance and to take them down at the end of the World Cup.

“Per­mis­sion will also be needed if a new struc­ture is cre­ated to fly the flag from. It is cur­rently tak­ing about eight weeks to deal with ap­pli­ca­tions.”

There are spe­cial rules re­lat­ing to the city’s listed build­ings which could hin­der the way a flag is put up. The spokesman added: “Own­ers or oc­cu­piers of listed build­ings should be aware that they are the cus­to­di­ans of the build­ing for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“They should do noth­ing that would harm their his­tor­i­cal or ar­chi­tec­tural im­por­tance.

“This does not in­clude dis­play­ing tem­po­rary ad­verts like flags, but it does in­clude the way the flag is fixed. So, put sim­ply, the flag may be ac­cept­able, but the nails hold­ing it may not.”

But the spokesman added: “The most im­por­tant thing is that res­i­dents en­joy the World Cup and have a good time, while re­mem­ber­ing to re­spect the feel­ings of their neigh­bours.”

Pic­ture: david lown­des.

FLY­ING the FLaG hIGh: Fabio Capello look-a-like Brown Howard Brown out­side the Party Shop store at London Road, Peter­bor­ough sur­rounded by na­tional flags. (METP-21-05-10DL144)

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