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Digital apartheid still evident in rural broadband services

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the latest report from Ofcom on UK fixed-line broadband performance, which was released today (15 April 2014).
The report contains good news for urban and suburban users, showing average broadband speeds increased by 3.1Mbit/s in the six months to November 2013.
However the UK picture is uneven, Ofcom reports, with households in rural areas experiencing considerably slower speeds.
Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “There has been significant investment to improve broadband in rural areas through BDUK and other schemes, which is to be commended, but progress is slow and we continue to see a digital apartheid.

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Jamie Foster says Weston & Banwell result is blow for LACS

Monday, 14 April 2014

On Monday 14th April the Western Morning News carried an opinion piece by Solicitor Advocate Jamie Foster on the recent Weston & Banwell case and the ramifications. In "As another hunt prosecution fails, defence solicitor calls for the repeal of the hunt ban... Defence solicitor Jamie Foster says the case is another blow for the League Against Cruel Sports." Read Jamie's piece here.

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Congratulations "Team Alliance" for completing the Virgin London Marathon

Monday, 14 April 2014

Big congratulations to our London Marathon team,who all completed yesterday's race. Fastest was Jeremy Sudlow, who finished in 3hrs 9mins, closely followed by Davina Greenwell at 3hrs 30mins and Sharon Baldwin in 3hrs 55mins. Our Portman pair - Charlie Gundry and Thomas Baker - acheived 4hrs 40mins and 4hrs 10mins respectively. And Hannah Treliving finished in 5hrs 20mins, followed by Emily Acland in 6hrs 1min. Well done everyone! You can still sponsor them by texting TCAF14 £3 or any other amount) to 70070. Read on for more about our team members.

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Photo by Lee Beel

Celebrating 50 years of the British Deer Society

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The British Deer Society celebrates its 50th anniversary. To celebrate, Trustee Director for the Society, Selena Barr, has written an article for the Countryside Alliance's Spring 2014 magazine in which she writes "the work carried out by the British Deer Society is invaluable to the welfare of deer in this country." Read the feature online here and many thanks to Lee Beel for his stunning photography.

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Our submission to the RSPCA prosecutions review.

Friday, 4 April 2014

In December 2013 the RSPCA announced a review of its prosecutions policy, to be led by Stephen Wooler, a former Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. It was announced that Mr Wooler would spend four months examining how and why prosecutions are taken. His findings will most likely be published in the middle of 2014. The Countryside Alliance met with Mr Wooler and gave him the below submission which makes clear our view that investigation and prosecution are two separate issues and prosecution should not be the first step. Jamie Foster, the solicitor advocate who acts for hunts, has written an article on the review (click here to view) which appears in our Spring 2014 magazine. We will keep you updated on Mr Wooler's findings in due course.

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E-petition on ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

You are invited to sign an e-petition which has recently been launched and which states: "We the undersigned respectfully petition the Government to amend the Firearms Acts to allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols for competitive sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland." The epetition's wording goes on to "ask that the sport of target pistol shooting be once more permitted under the existing Section 1 Licencing scheme, thus allowing a much loved and all inclusive sporting discipline to flourish once more." Read more and sign the petition here

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National Shooting Week 2014 - Registration Now Open

Thursday, 27 February 2014

National Shooting Week 2014 (24th – 31st May) is now open for event registrations - http://www.nationalshootingweek.co.uk/event-registration. If you own, manage or work at a shooting ground, range or club we want to hear from you! It is simple and quick to register, with the end result being far more interest from new-comers searching our website for somewhere to begin their education.

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