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Privacy policy


When you visit our website we want to make the experience straight forward, useful and reliable. To deliver this effectively this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

Cookies allow you to personalise web pages, log in to certain areas of a web site, monitor the pages you visit or enable/disable certain application features.

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through:
Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them

Our use of cookies

Cookies for improving service

We use analytics cookies primarily to monitor which browser types and operating systems people are using. This enables us to create an application that works with many different browsers, improving the service we can offer.

Name Content Expires
_utmaRandomly generated number2 years
_utmbRandomly generated number30 minutes
_utmcRandomly generated numberwhen user exits browser
_utmzRandomly generated number and info on how the site was reached
(eg directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
6 months

More details on these cookies can be found on the Google Code pages.

You can disable these cookies so we can't record this usage information.

Cookie for recording the enabling/disabling of cookies

If you elect to disable the above cookies this cookie is used to record your decision so you are not prompted each time you visit this site.

Name Content Expires
cookieConsent single letter to record acceptance of cookies 1 year

Cookie for user settings

This website is written using an application framework called Microsoft ASP.NET. This uses a cookie to record user actions, such as table sorting, as you navigate the website.

Name Content Expires
ASP.NET_SessionId Randomly generated numberwhen user exits browser

This website would not function without this cookie. For further details on the cookies set by Microsoft ASP.NET, please refer to the Microsoft website.

Third party cookies

Our website does not set third party cookies.

We give users the option to share our stories on various social networks like Facebook. To deliver this service we link to a third party website called AddThis. We have prevented AddThis from automatically setting cookies as you navigate our website. If you use our share tools you will be directed to a website controlled by AddThis. We have no control over the cookies that AddThis sets when you use its service.

For further information on how AddThis uses cookies please read the AddThis Privacy Policy.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.
For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.