Fire chiefs order stations not to fly Ukraine flag as ‘it could cause offence’

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has come under fire after allegedly banning its fire stations from flying Ukraine's iconic blue and yellow flag.

According to a report in The Sun, a flag was flow at the Mayfield Community Fire Station after a request from members of the public.

But bosses were not happy about this and allegedly emailed staff to urge them to be “unprejudiced” and ordered them to remove the flag.

A local source told the newspaper: “It’s a complete joke.

“Local people asked for this. Who would it offend?

“Thousands of civilians have died and fire service bosses are worried about offending a few wandering oligarchs in Sussex.

“It beggars belief.”

And Local MP Nusrat Ghani called it a “silly decision”.

The Daily Star has reached out to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for comment.

Last month, UK-based flag making company Flagmakers had reported a huge surge in demand for the flag.

They had said that around 400 had been sold since the invasion began.

An employee for the company told the BBC: “I've been here eight years and never sold a single one before this all started.

"We sold out within days when the war began and now we are constantly making them to order.

“We are constantly making them now.”

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A flag was stolen from outside Cornwall Council's Truro County Hall, however.

The council reported that it had gone missing on social media, and claimed it was “saddened” to see that the flag had disappeared, but that it would replace it as soon as possible as it “stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine ”.

It is unknown whether or not the original flag was found, or if a new one was flown, but the Daily Star has reached out to the council for clarification and comment on the situation.

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