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Cumbria Police on track to reduce the backlog

A commitment to tackle firearms licensing delays made during a meeting between BASC and Cumbria Police has been reinforced at a follow-up meeting. Cumbria Police revealed during the latest meeting with BASC that it is making rapid progress and has reduced its backlog of renewals by 57 per cent since the introduction of new resources in… Read more »

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Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala’s sentence drastically cut by Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal in Kano has drastically reduced the sentence of Mubarak Bala, imprisoned President of the Nigerian Humanist Association, from 24 years to five. The judges unanimously found that his original sentence for blasphemous Facebook posts was excessive and in contravention of the law. Bala has already been in prison for four years, so this… Read more »

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G20 exempt from smoking ban

By Ian Dunt Foreign dignitaries attending the G20 summit in London next month will be exempt from the smoking ban, it has been revealed. The leniency required an amendment to the legislation enforcing the ban. Certain smoking rooms will now be allowed in the Excel Exhibition Centre in Docklands in east London during the summit…. Read more »

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Teenage smoking on the up
Youth smoking up despite ban

The number of young people smoking in Scotland has risen sharply, despite the ban in pubs. Nearly a third of 16 to 24 year-olds are smokers, an official health report showed. The percentage – 31 per cent – is a substantial rise on the number of young smokers in 2004, which stood at 25 per… Read more »