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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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Inflation rises 0.5 per cent above target
Inflation up at 2.5 per cent

Inflation has continued to rise above the government’s target and is now at its highest level for nine months. The Office for National Statistics places the consumer price index measure of inflation at 2.5 per cent, after rising from 2.2 per cent in January. This has been driven largely by rising gas and electricity prices,… Read more »

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Bank of England cuts interest rates to 5.25 per cent
Quarter-point cut for interest rates

The Bank of England has cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 5.25 per cent. The cut from the monetary policy committee (MPC) comes as the UK economy looks set to slow in 2008 – as the credit crunch, with borrowers tightening their lending, and high debt levels combine. The MPC said the decision… Read more »