A NEWTON Abbot cabbie at the centre of a 'local' St George's Cross row has removed all her flags.
Denise Said, 56, (pictured) who runs Lady D taxis, said she could not afford to lose her licence over the spat with Teignbridge Council.
She initially peeled off her 'local driver' St George Cross stickers after she lost her appeal to retain them. She replaced them with bigger St George's flag stickers — with the words 'local taxi company' written below the flags.
But she has been advised that they were also unacceptable and she has removed them completely.
Denise said: "I was very upset about it and removed them under protest because I don't believe that I have done everything wrong.
"But this is my livelihood and I can't afford to lose my taxi licence.
"I feel like I have let people down but I do want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me. Messages have come from all over the world and I feel honoured to have so much goodwill."
The move came after the council's appeals committee ruled that Denise had to remove the stickers or have her licence suspended.
They said it was the combination of the flag and the wording that caused concern.
The committee ruled the signs did not meet requirements of its Hackney Carriage and Private Hire licensing policy or the Equality Act 2010.
A spokesman for Teignbridge Council said: "We have inspected the vehicle and the stickers have been removed.
"This means the vehicle complies with the licence and no further action is being taken at this time."