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Review of UK digital communications markets a welcome move

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes a major review of the UK’s digital communications markets, announced today (12 March) by Ofcom. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This review is the first in a decade. The Alliance has long been concerned that the current market creates a communications monopoly which is not good for competition…

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New approach to ACPO firearms campaign

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The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Countryside Alliance have agreed a joint letter to all firearms licence holders clarifying the recent ACPO firearms security campaign as a result of concerns raised by thousands of Countryside Alliance supporters and licence holders. The ACPO campaign was launched on 13 October announcing spot checks on…

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Countryside Alliance backs call to safeguard six-day postal service

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The Countryside Alliance fully supports Royal Mail’s call, in its submission to Ofcom, for a review of the impact of competition in the postal delivery market. Countryside Alliance head of policy, Sarah Lee, said: “The six day, one-price-goes-anywhere service that Royal Mail provides through the Universal Service Obligation is essential to those living and working…

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Saboteur harassed and assaulted hunt employee

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An anti-hunting activist has been found guilty of assault and harassment of a North Wales hunt employee. The charges relate to an incident on 28 January and footage that Rhyl-based saboteur Judi Hewitt took and posted on YouTube of the Flint and Denbighshire hunt’s countryman Rob Smith using a terrier to flush a fox from…

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Hunting Act case against Yorkshire hunt collapses

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A court case against two members of the Lunesdale hunt collapsed today (21 January), at York Magistrates Court, on the first day of a planned two-day trial. Terrence “Ted” Potter, 63, of Orton, Penrith and Paul Whitehead, 53, of Sedbergh, had each been accused of one charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog…

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Running for Repeal

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Big congratulations are due to the Countryside Alliance’s London Marathon team, who all completed Sunday’s race. Fastest was serving cavalry officer Capt Jeremy Sudlow of the Blues and Royals, who finished in 3hrs 9mins, closely followed by farm manager Davina Greenwell (pictured) at 3hrs 30mins and Sharon Baldwin, who is racing secretary to Fergal O’Brian,…

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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should…

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Assembly member Russell George sets his sights on shooting

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Russell George AM celebrated National Shooting Week with the Countryside Alliance and Councillor Graham Jones on 28 May at one of the UK’s most finest shooting grounds, expertly coached by Barry Evans. A warm welcome was given by Mid Wales Shooting Centre who only last weekend hosted over 2,000 people for a competition at their…

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Much Wenlock girl to run half-marathon in memory of brother

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SHROPSHIRE girl Jess Jones, whose family farms in Brockton, Much Wenlock is tackling her first half-marathon on Sunday, in memory of her 18-year-old brother Hugh, who died in a farming accident in December 2011. Jess, 26, who currently lives in Rhossili on the Gower Penninsula in Wales with her fiance, will run the Cardiff half-marathon…

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