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Crime figures 'need to be seen in context'

In a report released today, Cumbria Police have been praised for managing their finances.

According to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the force is on course to meet all its targets.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner said that, while violent crime was up and domestic violence is still a problem, he suggested that those figures need to be seen in context.


Police identify man who died after incident on A592

The man who died after an incident on the A592 has been named.

40-year-old Dominic Abraham, from Great Whittington, Newcastle, died yesterday, Monday 21 July.

Police were called to the scene at 10.37am after a member of the public phone in with concern for the welfare of man who had been on a bicycle.

Mr Abraham was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, where he later died.

There are no suspicious circumstances and the coroner has been informed.


£10,000 fine after Borders Fine Arts explosion

A company in Carlisle have been fined more than £10,000 after and explosion in at the Borders Fine Arts factory.

Enesco Limited of Carlisle who own the company pled guilty today at Dumfries Sheriff court to a failure to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to its employees where dangerous substances were present.

The Health and Safety Executive were investigating the explosion at the property in Townfoot, Langholm which happened on 11 July 2012.

No one was injured in the explosion but it caused significant damage to the property, where the company manufactures hand crafted and hand painted ornaments.

“It was simply good fortune that no employees were in the vicinity of the explosion and that no one was injured or killed.

“To become operational again the company has engaged pro-actively with the Health and Safety Executive and a full DSEAR assessment has been undertaken and all necessary manufacturing controls implemented”.

– Gary Aitken, Head of COPFS Health & Safety Division

Crime Commissioner supports Hate Crime workshops

Hate Crime Workshops in Cumbria have been given support by they county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes

The workshops are lead by AWAZ Cumbria together with Cumbria Constabulary, OutREACH and Cumbria Disability Network and aim to give training to managers, front line staff, volunteers and community representatives across Cumbria.

“Unfortunately, hate crime happens in our county and we need to have consistency across key agencies in the county to support those people affected.

“The training will bring people together across a spectrum of agencies to gain a better understanding of the impact of hate crime on victims and the wider community. As well as a better understanding of how partner agencies deal with hate crime so that an improved service can support victims going forward.

“I would urge people to come forward and report hate crime. Only by us all working together can we make a difference.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Piranhas re-homed from Dumfries and Galloway

A shoal of red-bellied Piranhas have had to be re-homed after outgrowing their tank in Dumfries and Galloway.

Deep Sea World, Scotland's National Aquarium, stepped in when their owner could no longer take care of the fish, which measure up to 12 centimetres in length.

Their new accommodation is seven times longer than their old tank.

The piranha is native to the Amazon river, and in the wild they keep rivers fresh and healthy by eating animal carcasses.

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