Council orders man to take down Army flag flying outside his house... because it's 'advertising'

A patriot flying the British Army flag outside his house was told by council killjoys to take it down - because they considered it advertising.

Dave Dingvean today branded the order to remove the military colours as 'treacherous’.

Mr Dingvean, 46, a volunteer for the British Army Association who raises money for the charity, was told any national flag was acceptable - but not those of our nation’s armed forces.

David Dingvean with Army flag

Furious: Dave Dingvean branded the council's order to take down the Army flag as 'treacherous’

And if the demolition contractor failed to comply, council bosses said he would face enforcement action which could end up in court.

Outraged Mr Dingvean, from Tolleshunt Major near Maldon, Essex, said: ‘A friend gave it to me and I decided to fly it to support our troops.

‘Someone must have seen it and reported me because within two days I had a letter from the council telling me to take it down.

‘They said only a certain type of flag is permitted to be flown - any national or state flag is allowed.

‘So I can fly the flag of Iraq, Baghdad or Afghanistan but not the Army flag. It’s ridiculous - it’s a show of support.

‘It’s a cause I feel strongly about.’

David Dingvean with Army flag

Proud: Mr Dingvean, a British Army Association volunteer, stands by his flag

In protest, Mr Dingvean is now flying the national standard of Saudi Arabia on a flagpole outside his semi-detached bungalow, as he is flabbergasted this is allowed under the rules.

He added: ‘This is treacherous. It is petty minded - they are not thinking about the troops. No one in the village has complained to me.’

A council spokesman spokesman confirmed that under the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2007, only a certain type of flag as stated by the Department for Communities and Local Government is permitted to be flown.

He added: ‘Unfortunately, this flag is not one of them and the council have advised the resident that this is the case.

‘The council would be more than willing to advise residents on such issues in the future.’

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