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Apology over England flags cut down in Nottingham


Doreen Carnelley was told the flags were a health and safety threat

A council leader has apologised to a grandmother after England flags she strung across a street were cut down.

Doreen Carnelley, 74, said she had put the full-sized flags across Sturgeon Avenue, Nottingham, to mark the World Cup which starts next month.

The city council cut the rope and left the flags on her hedge saying it was illegal to tie items to street lights.

Council leader Jon Collins told her it was an "error of judgement" and said the decoration would be reinstated.

'Complete nonsense'

Mrs Carnelley said she was shocked to find the flags "chucked on my hedge" and wanted to put them back up.

At the time, the council said the flags were a health and safety hazard and could be dangerous to motorists.

However, Mr Collins said: "This is a complete nonsense.

"The guys are going to go back and put the flags back up.

"It's an error in judgement and we want to put it right."

Mrs Carnelley claimed she had flown the flags across Nottingham during the last six World Cups and European football finals.

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