Fedster + 1,307 Posted July 31, 2018 Share Posted July 31, 2018 The flag represents 'peace, tolerance and solidarity between all communities', says PCC. The flag flying outside Bridlington Police Station (Photo: @HP_BridDrifHorn via Twitter) "Morons" pulled down a rainbow flag from outside a police station then sent hate mail boasting about it. Humberside Police is investigating the incident which took place at Bridlington Police station. "Disturbing" emails were then sent to the chief constable, police and crime commissioner, local MPs and others. This summer was the first time Humberside Police had flown the rainbow flag - a symbol of pride and diversity - from buildings across the force area. A group calling themselves Men of Bridlington claim to have removed the flag. Chair of the Hull and East Riding LGBT Forum, Andy Train, received an abusive email in the early hours of Sunday. He said: "I spoke to Humberside Police and straight away they said it is a hate crime and that I was not to forward it. "It's shocking. It's as if you had some bigot from the 1950s and planted them in Bridlington. "I suspect the person that did this has a lot of personal issues." Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said: “I was disturbed at the content of the email received by my office over the weekend. I’m extremely disappointed that the morons who write such rubbish would actually do something like cut down a flag which represents peace, tolerance and solidarity between all communities. “This is something I take seriously because in 2018 we still have people who are targeted purely because of who they are, and Pride is about saying that simply isn’t acceptable, yet we get people who hold these views which are on the extreme of reality and they take it out on others. “We have received so many positive comments from the LGBT community about how supportive Humberside Police and the office of the police and crime commissioner are, so it’s important for us to state that this kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable and I hope the persons responsible are held accountable." He added: “People who hold such hateful views as expressed in this email are on the extremes of society and they should be confronted and told this is unacceptable. Some people will come back and talk about freedom of speech so let me be clear on one thing, freedom of speech does not mean freedom to hate.” Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Peach said: “We are treating these malicious emails as a hate crime. Everyone has the right to be safe and secure and to live free from fear or harassment. Hate incidents or crimes are based on ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and hate and have no place in our society." A force spokesman says the flag has now been recovered, but as the rest of the flags at the other stations were due to come down anyway, it will not be replacing it. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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