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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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Jersey Assembly to discuss proposed right to die law

Jersey’s States Assembly will meet today to discuss proposals from the Citizens’ Jury to change the law for adult islanders with terminal or incurable conditions who have a clear and settled wish to end their lives. Channel Islands Humanists, part of Humanists UK, campaigns to legalise assisted dying for both the terminally ill and incurably suffering. It has… Read more »

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Recession ruining Britons’ mental health

By Laura Miller Mental health problems are on the rise as more people struggle to deal with the effects of the economic crisis, a new survey reveals. As the downturn deepens growing numbers are turning to government run services for mental health advice, according to a coalition of local authority representatives. “At this time of… Read more »

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Patients forced to undertake treatment

Patients with mental health problems will be forced to undergo treatment or be returned to hospital by health practitioners. Controversial new measures in the Mental Health Act called community treatment orders (CTOs) will extend compulsory treatment beyond hospitals and into people’s homes. Paul Farmer of mental health charity MIND was concerned CTOs “risk casting the… Read more »