By Richard Smith 24/05/2008 Daily Mirror: A driver was told to remove an England flag from his car by police because it could offend immigrants - or be fined Â£30. Ben Smith, 18, was stopped in a routine spot check by traffic cops who found nothing wrong with his five-year-old Vauxhall Corsa. But the teenage upholsterer was stunned when he was told that a St George flag covering his parcel shelf was racist. He first thought the PC was joking until he was threatened with a Â£30 fine unless he removed it. Furious Ben from Melksham, Wilts, said: "He said I was racist towards immigrants. But all I was doing was supporting my country." Chief Insp Charlie Dibble said: "I do not believe this was a matter of patriotism but road safety. "The ability to have a clear view behind you is of great importance." What I would like to know is whose bloody country is this? Shouldnâ€™t the police be out arresting real criminals as opposed to harassing a young man who is proud to be British, yet another own goal by the boys in blue me thinks.