Controversial flag in Tower Hamlets removed on orders of Sister Christine

By Rob Virtue on August 8, 2014 2:19 PM |

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A controversial flag placed at a Tower Hamlets housing estate has been taken down over fears surrounding rising community tensions.

Sister Christine Frost, a well-known community activist, is understood to have asked youths to remove the symbol, which had been placed at the top of gates on the Will Crooks Estate in Poplar.

The controversial flag is reportedly flown by jihadists in the Middle East and was said by the council to have been put up in an attempt to spread hate.

It follows a report in the Guardian confirmed by Tower Hamlets political blogger Ted Jeory of intimidation towards the journalists by local youths.

In a strongly worded statement, a council spokesperson said: "The council can confirm that following reports this morning of a flag erected on the Will Crooks Estate, council officials took steps to remove it but found it had already been taken down by Sister Christine Frost, a well-known local activist and promoter of community cohesion. The flag was removed following concerns that it could cause community tension.

"The council welcomes the removal of this flag. We have consistently demonstrated that there is no place for hate in Tower Hamlets, whatever form it takes. We take decisive action to ensure people's actions do not affect the strong community cohesion that underpins Tower Hamlets."

Mayor Lutfur Rahman also spoke following reported anti-semitic incidents in the media.

In the statement he condemned the attacks saying: "I will not stand for anti-semitism or any form of hate in this borough. I am deeply concerned by media reports of abusive language and will be liaising with the police on this matter."