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BASC respond to the England Deer Strategy

Following the publication of the England Deer Management Strategy, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) head of deer management Martin Edwards said: “The government’s commitment to tackling the growing deer population in the UK is commendable. However, it will only succeed if it has the support of every deer manager, the majority of… Read more »

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Northern Ireland Police Service declares Firearms and Explosives Branch “critical incident”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has declared a “critical incident” due to protracted backlogs of applications within its firearms licensing department.  A critical incident is defined as “Any incident where the effectiveness of the police response is likely to have a significant impact on the confidence of the victim, their family or the community”. The… Read more »

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Planning reform: another brick in the wall

It has become something of a joke that planning permission in the UK takes forever to attain. The government is trying to address this, as well as issues around affordable homes, with a drastic overhaul to planning rules. “The current planning system in the UK is highly discretionary,” explained Anthony Breach, a senior analyst for… Read more »

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Hong Kong BNO scheme: What now?

People in Hong Kong are leaving the country on the UK’s British National Overseas (BNO) passport scheme, due to a crackdown on democracy. The one country, two systems principle put in place when Hong Kong was returned to China by the UK, has been severely eroded in recent years. In 2019, widespread protests broke out… Read more »