Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site again, so it can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on the screen.
Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using websites much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites.
Some cookies are essential so you can move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you've asked for can't be provided. These cookies dont gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.
Cookies help keep you logged into forums, so you don't have to log in every time you visit our site. If we have a survey, cookies remember is you have already filled it in. They also help us operate our polls, so that you can't vote more than once.
They help improve your experience on our site and decide what type of advertisement you will see and also how often you might see them. They remember you if you have used social media to share stories so you don't have to keep logging in.
Cookies help us with Analytics, so we know what our audience are reading and how the use our site.
These cookies don't collect information that identifies you. The information collected is anonymous and is grouped with the information from everyone elses cookies.