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    Q294: The man next door to me has a St George's flag on his window and holds meetings every week and has Nazi memorabilia in his house

    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.

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