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Kids' party scuppered.

AN ANGRY dad told council chiefs to walk the plank yesterday after they banned him from flying the Jolly Roger at his son's pirate party.

Richard Smith hoisted the flag in the back garden as a treat for five-year-old Morgan's birthday.

But a neighbour complained and the council told Richard he needed planning permission for the skull and crossbones.

Richard, 40, said yesterday: "Morgan's really upset. He doesn't see the point of the party now we're not allowed to fly the Jolly Roger. It was to be the focal point.

"If I had my way, I'd make them all walk the plank."

Morgan wanted a pirate party because he's a big fan of Pirates Of The Caribbean.

At home in Stone, Hampshire, his mum Sharon, 43, added: "It strikes me as very petty. Who would complain about it?"

Impact Richard has now paid pounds 75 to apply for planning permission.

A spokesman for Stafford Borough Council said: "Planning officers will be looking at the impact the flag has on the area.

"A decision is expected by the end of this month."

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