Soccer flags are not strictly legal

ENGLAND football flags contravene planning regulations and should not be flown on or from buildings. People are allowed to display one national flag on a single vertical flagstaff. But, while the St George s flag itself complies, standards bearing the leg

ENGLAND football flags contravene planning regulations and should not be flown on or from buildings.

People are allowed to display one national flag on a single vertical flagstaff. But, while the St George's flag itself complies, standards bearing the legend "England" do not.

However, Huntingdonshire District Council does not propose to spoil supporters' fun during the World Cup, which starts on Friday.

"We don't wish to discourage patriotism during the World Cup, so we won't be taking action unless there is a clear safety issue," said Sandy Kinnersley, HDC's planning enforcement team leader.

"But we do expect them to be removed at the end of the competition.