Liverpool resident Stephan Gash is threatening to sue Liverpool City Council for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Gash has put in a Freedom of Information request to find out if Liverpool had given itself the required planning permission.

"I wish it to be known that I have no problem with flags being flown from public buildings provided the required planning permission has previously been granted and paid for," says Gash

"What I do object to is people being harrassed for flying national flags perfectly legally from their dwellings or places of work, for which planning permission is not required, and being ordered to take them down."