Bedfordshire Police issue Community Resolution Order to remove Nazi flag

Police on the beat

A flag bearing a Nazi SS insignia that had been flying from a house in Bedford Borough has been taken down following a visit from Bedfordshire Police.

The flag, which bore the symbol of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, was reported to Bedfordshire Police who then visited the resident.

Although it is not a crime to fly that particular flag, the complaint was recorded by police as a hate incident.

A spokesperson for Bedfordshire Police told the Bedford Independent: “Officers visited the resident who claimed it was his right to fly the flag.

“It was not a criminal act and was dealt with by way of a Community Resolution Order with the resident agreeing to take it down.”

The police confirmed that the flying of the Nazi swastika or Isis flag was illegal and would be treated as a hate crime.

The spokesperson for Bedfordshire Police also added that they need the public to come forward when they see hate crime or racist actions online or in person.

Until an official complaint is made, police can record incidents but may not be able to take further action.

Under Heinrich Himmler, the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV) “Death’s Head Units” was responsible for administering the Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps for Nazi Germany, and other duties.

The flag and insignia of the SS Totenkopf

Members wore the Death’s Head insignia on their right collar tab to distinguish themselves from other Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) formations.

They were responsible for facilitating what the Nazis called the Final Solution, known since the war as the Holocaust, developing a reputation for brutality, participating in various war crimes during World War II.

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