The province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) laid charges against a four-year member of the Halifax Regional Police on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Const. Chris Mosher, 29, is charged with sexual assault and administering a noxious thing with intent to aggrieve. The charges stem from incidents on Nov. 2 and 3. In early November, SIRT received a complaint from a female alleging that a male police officer sexually assaulted her. The two knew each other, and the incident is alleged to have occurred in the home of the accused. At that time, SIRT began the investigation that led to the charges. Const. Mosher is due to appear in provincial court on Feb. 13. He was arrested in relation to the investigation on Dec. 11 and released on conditions. SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.
Winbirri is a family-run vineyard, beside Norfolk Broads National Park, that was established in 2007.At the time, Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “It comes as no surprise to us that an English Bacchus wine has won a major international award. Up until now English Sparkling Wine has been grabbing most of the headlines for its outstanding quality. “It was only a matter of time before an English still wine showed the world it can also compete with the best.”The UK climate is ideal for growing the Bacchus grape which is why it has become the favoured grape grown in the majority of UK vineyards making still white wine.”We believe Bacchus has the potential to do for English wine production what Sauvignon Blanc did for New Zealand.” Conrad Ford, founder of Funding Options, said: “English wine is going from strength to strength.”The English wine industry is not only gaining traction amongst domestic consumers, but is now being ranked with wines from traditional white wine-producing countries such as France and Germany.”In May, a wine from Norfolk was named as the best white wine in the world at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Winbirri Vineyards’ Bacchus 2015, which sells for £13.95 a bottle, beat off 17,200 other entries to win the Platinum Best in Show, and was given a score of 95 out of 100 by a panel of 200 international experts. English wine enjoyed a bumper year in 2016, and it is now £130m industry, a new study shows. Independent English wine producers saw their turnover rise to a record £132 million last year, a 16 per cent increase on 2015, showing that the industry has enjoyed major growth in recent years, according to Funding Options.Research by the online business finance firm revealed that wine producers are benefiting from the growing popularity of boutique British alcohol production, including gin and craft beer as well as wine. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It was only a matter of time before an English still wine showed the world it can also compete with the best.Miles Beale, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association English wine is going from strength to strength.Conrad Ford, founder of Funding Options