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Police called over 'offensive flag'... that turned out to be European

The incident took place in Rory McIlroy’s hometown of Holywood.

Image: Andrew Parsons

POLICE IN CO Down were called to investigate an ‘offensive’ flag – only to discover it was a European flag.

The incident occurred in golfer Rory McIlroy’s home town of Holywood and the BBC reports that it was put up by a resident to celebrate Europe’s Ryder Cup win.

In a statement to, the PSNI said:

Police in Holywood attended an address in the Woodlands area yesterday, Sunday 28 September following the report from a member of the public that a flag they believed to be offensive had been erected. Police attended and no offence was detected.

Instead of an offensive flag, police found a European flag.

Europe won the Ryder Cup yesterday at Gleneagles, beating the United States.

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