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Northern Ireland: Rights of way: Laws on countryside public access under review

The laws on public access to the countryside are being reviewed to see whether changes should be considered. It is being done by the Department of Agriculture and Environment with 60 organisations asked for input. The department insists national parks for Northern Ireland and so-called right to roam legislation are not on the agenda. It …

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Sarah Everard: Boris Johnson ‘deeply concerned’ by vigil footage

Boris Johnson has said he is “deeply concerned” by footage showing police officers detaining women at Saturday’s vigil to remember Sarah Everard. The prime minister will chair a meeting of the crime and justice taskforce later to discuss ways to protect women. Officers handcuffed women and removed them from the gathering on Clapham Common in …

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Stormont appointment ‘like Glentoran signing Messi

“Like Glentoran signing Lionel Messi.” The world of Northern Ireland public finance rarely inspires hyperbole like that. But it is how the economist Richard Ramsey described the appointment of the chairman of Stormont’s new independent budget oversight body. The fiscal Messi is Sir Robert Chote, the former chairman of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). …

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Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens appears in court charged with murder

A Metropolitan Police officer has appeared in court charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. Wayne Couzens, 48, was arrested on Tuesday after the 33-year-old disappeared when walking home to Brixton from Clapham in south London last week. Ms Everard’s body was found in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, Westminster Magistrates …

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