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Answer NRW’s call for evidence on wild bird licensing says BASC
Improvements to livestock worrying legislation welcome news for gamekeepers, says BASC

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) has welcomed the announcement that enclosed gamebirds are to be included within enhanced livestock worrying legislation in England and Wales. Listing enclosed gamebirds and increasing police powers for dealing with incidents of livestock worrying are just two parts of a wider Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill introduced… Read more »

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Govt announces 30 new domestic violence courts
Specialist courts extended for domestic violence victims

The government has announced a new wave of specialist domestic violence courts to support victims of domestic abuse. The 30 new Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVC) brings the total number of dedicated domestic violence courts across England and Wales to 98. Ministers argue the courts are more effective at procuring a prosecution and offer more… Read more »

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MoJ says sentencing matter for judges
Judge ‘simply wrong’ to flout minimum sentences for gun crime

Legislation calling for tougher sentences for individuals convicted of gun crimes is being ignored by judges, a senior police officer has said. Bernard Hogan-Howe, chief constable of Merseyside police, said it was “simply wrong” for mandatory five-year sentences for possession of a firearm to be overlooked. Despite government attempts to toughen up sentencing, in 2005… Read more »