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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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Mr Clegg will announce details of the regional growth fund in Manchester
Boosting the north? Regional growth plan unveiled

By Peter Wozniak The government is setting out the details of its plans to encourage regional development today. Regional development agencies, set up under Labour in 1999, will be scrapped under the proposals and replaced with ‘local enterprise partnerships’ (LEPs). Vince Cable has announced the move in parliament, while deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will… Read more »

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Billy Wright was heavily involved in sectarian violence in Northern Ireland
Wright inquiry: No state collusion

by Peter Wozniak The UK government did not collude in the murder of the notorious loyalist paramilitary Billy Wright in prison, the inquiry into his death has found. The Billy Wright inquiry, which has taken five years to complete at a cost of £30 million, found that although Northern Ireland authorities were guilty of negligence… Read more »