Police replace Union Flag with gay banner

Dozens of police stations lowered the Union Flag and replaced it with a gay rights banner to mark a day of action against homophobia. One police chief said the rainbow flag demonstrated his force's support for homosexuals who felt they were victims of prejudice. But critics warned that it was dangerous for forces to show support for particular campaigns. Earlier this year, Britain's most senior policeman ordered his force not to fly any flags in support of individual groups. Sir Paul Stephenson, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, instructed officers to remove a rainbow flag which had replaced a Union Flag...

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