***An Helghyer would like to point out that there is no way of confirming whether the following is legit.***
Earlier this evening Olympic Torch bearer Andrew Ball contacted An Helghyer with the following statement:
“Hi I’m actually the andrew ball in question. the met police officer was not in the wrong at all. It is important that the olympic flame is not overshadowed by a political message of any sort. With this in mind Locog, who organised the run, have a zero tolerance on any writing. The met police officer therefore saw the writing and took it off me, making the judgement that “oh there’s writing, let’s not take a chance” and NOT “that’s definitely a political message, let’s remove it”. he said the flag was fine but the writing was not, as he was not to know if it was political – which it wasn’t.”
An Helghyer would like to thank Andy for getting in contact.
The words on the flag were Cornwall/Kernow but we can clearly see, from the video evidence, that the officer was not acting off his own bat.
It seems LOCOG have a zero tolerance on a lot of things.