Bude town council 'will not be bullied' into removing Pride flags after theft and vandalism

Bude's Pride flags have been stolen and the flag poles vandalised
-Credit: (Image: Bude-Stratton Town Council)


Police have launched an investigation after two Pride flags in a Cornish town were stolen and the poles were vandalised. The flags, which were put up in Bude by the local council for Pride month were forcibly removed over the weekend.

One of the flag poles was also deemed unusable after it was damaged. Bude-Stratton Town Council said it has reported the vandalism to the police, adding that it "will not be bullied" into removing the flags.

In a post shared on Facebook, the town council wrote: "Both Pride flags that were put up by the town council for pride month were forcibly removed on Friday evening. The flag pole at The Castle was damaged, rendering it unusable until repairs have been made.

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This vandalism and the damage caused has been reported to the police and action will be taken. Every hour spent dealing with these issues costs the residents of Bude-Stratton. Everyone is welcome in our town, and we will not be bullied into removing flags that represent members of our community."

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed it is investigating the theft and has appealed for anyone with any information to come forward. A spokesperson for the force said: "Police have been informed of the theft of two Pride flags from Bude town centre which is believed to have taken place between 10pm on Friday, May 31 and 9pm on Saturday, June 1.

"Enquiries remain ongoing in relation to this incident. Anyone with information which may assist is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 50240133502."

The incident occurred at the start of Pride Month, which is dedicated to celebration of LGBTQ+ pride. Across the Duchy, there have already been a number of events celebrating love and diversity, whilst working towards a hate-free Cornwall.

Altogether this year will see 11 community Pride events take place across Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly, with festival atmospheres, music, and educational workshops and well-being programmes. On Saturday (June 1), Penzance saw hundreds of people carry the world's largest Pride flag through the town.

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