Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: “It is incredibly sad to see Thurrock Council remove the Union Flags and St. George’s Flags from Thurrock’s streets this morning. You would think they had other priorities like cleaning the streets, making house repairs and tackling anti social behaviour. Instead they go against the wishes of the people and take down our country’s flag.
“My thanks go to the Lance Corporal Nicky Mason Memorial Fund and Actual Support Services who put the flags up. We will be working with them and the Council to restore the flags and see the will of the people, to demonstrate pride in our country and respect to those who fight in our name, is honoured once again.”