Report online or call us on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

Download the Ask The Police app from the following app stores:

Get it on iTunes Get it on Google Play

Everyone is entitled to his or her own beliefs and what a person does in their own home to a certain extent is up to them.  However, there are offences that can be committed when a person uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting and he has the intention to stir up racial hatred or looking at all the facts that is the likely outcome. 

This offence can be committed in a public place or in a private place but the offence is only committed in a private place if people outside the private place can see/hear the offensive material.

If the man next door has extremist beliefs as long as the material is kept within his private dwelling then he commits no offence. Unfortunately the St George's flag has become a symbol of right wing political parties but it does not automatically mean that a person who displays such a flag shares those views, they could be an avid football fan and/or very patriotic, which are two entirely different things.

Current rating

1 2 3 4 5

Answers in this FAQ section are provided by the 'Ask the Police' website. Produced by the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) team, 'Ask the Police' is an official police site approved by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). All FAQ answers are © PNLD.