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Privacy statement

Our website does not automatically store or capture personal information, but logs your IP address which is automatically recognised by the Web server.

You may choose to give us personal information, such as your name and address or email address, which may be needed to correspond with you or to send you updates. This information is used only for the purposes for which it is given and is not passed on to a third party.

Our anonymous reporting form allows you to send us information completely anonymously and confidentially. We do not log your IP address or any other details without your express permission. We will never use the details you do give to contact you without you specifying that we can.

Cookies

To make this site simpler, we sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too.

They improve things by measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.

Our cookies are not used to identify you personally. They are just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.org or Direct.Gov.uk; or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

How we use cookies

We use cookies in several places. We have listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it is meeting its users' needs and to understand how we could make it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (for example, your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Typical content Expires
_utma randomly generated number used by Google Analytics to identify unique visitors 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number used by Google Analytics for general visitor tracking 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number used by Google Analytics to identify unique visitors when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number used by Google Anaytics to identify how our site was reached (for example, directly or through a link or organic search) 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please visit the Google Code website.