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The Ribble Estuary’s Hutton Marsh set for conservation boost

The Preston and District Wildfowling Association (PDWA) have been awarded a £21,000 grant from the Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust (WHCT) to improve habitat on the protected Hutton Marsh in the Ribble Estuary. The grant will be used to fund habitat improvements for nesting birds, as well as to encourage water voles and otters into the… Read more »

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North Yorkshire firearms licensing decision a breach of statutory duty, says BASC

North Yorkshire Police’s decision to halt all firearm and shotgun certificate grants has been described by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), as “a clear breach of their statutory duty”. In correspondence with North Yorkshire MPs, BASC has asked that the force is scrutinised and that they resume… Read more »

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Google will face an audit over its collection of private data
Google escapes fines over Street View

By Peter Wozniak Google has come under scrutiny after being found in breach of data protection laws over its controversial Street View function – but has avoided heavy penalties. The information commissioner, Christopher Graham, confirmed that Google had collected personal and private information for the service. Mr Graham said: “It is my view that the… Read more »

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Some prisoners may still be denied the right to vote depending on their crime and sentence
Prisoners may get the vote after euro-ruling

By Peter Wozniak Britain’s 140-year old law stripping prisoners of the right to vote may be set for the scrapheap, as the government reportedly submits to a European ruling. The move would make many Tories furious given the source of the judgment, but has delighted reformists who called the decision “historic”. The European Court of… Read more »