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Man jailed for infecting victim with HIV

A man from Kendal has been sentenced to 2 years 8 months after he knowingly infected another person with the HIV virus.

Alex Mason, 45, from Endmoor in Kendal was convicted of grievous bodily harm. He pleaded guilty at an early court appearance.

The case followed an investigation by Cumbria Police into allegations made against Mason by a 39-year old victim from Barrow, who only became aware of what happened after visiting her doctor.

Detective Constable Damian West has said the case is 'unique' for Cumbria.

'This is a unique case for Cumbria Constabulary and the sentencing imposed highlights the disregard Mason had for his actions. Even though the victim has to live with this virus it can be successfully regulated with medication. If anyone has any concerns they should speak to their doctor, or seek support from dedicated organisations, such as the Terence Higgins Trust.'

– Detective Constable Damian West, Cumbria Police

Police must save £10million in 3 years

Jerry Graham, Cumbria's new Chief Constable, has said that the police will need to make further savings of £10.4million by 2017 to 2018.

Cumbria Constabulary have already saved £16million by changing the way the force works. Despite having to make cuts, Jerry Graham is still committed to providing the 'best possible policing service':

'Where appropriate we will be undertaking public consultation and will be listening to the views of local people. We will keep the public updated on any planned changes that may affect their policing service.

Change is required due to budget cuts, but I am focused on protecting frontline policing as far as possible. I will continue to work hard to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live, work, and visit, and provide the best possible policing service we can afford.'

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

The areas that are currently being reviewed are:

  • Shift patterns
  • Neighbourhood Policing Team structure
  • Community safety delivery
  • Role definition and deployment of PCSOs
  • Command and control
  • Criminal justice
  • Administration across the force
  • Printing
  • Front counters

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'Almighty explosions and fireworks going off'

Police are working to formally identify the victims of a fatal fire in the Lake District.

A man and a women died when a shed containing fireworks exploded in Ecclerigg near Windermere on Saturday afternoon. Cumbria Police and Fire Brigade have started a joint investigation.

Eyewitnesses say they heard a series of loud blasts and realised something was wrong:

Injured man rescued after 280 mile walk

Members of the rescue team carried the injured man on a stretcher from Auchope Hut
Members of the rescue team carried the injured man on a stretcher from Auchope Hut Credit: Chris Chapman / BSARU

A man has been rescued from Pennine Way after walking 280 miles.

The man in his sixties was six miles away from completing the Pennine Way traverse, having completed 280 miles in several stages from his home in Lincolnshire. However, an old knee injury became progressively worse and Border Search and Rescue Unit were called when he could no longer put weight on the injured leg.

Nine rescue members then carried the man on a stretcher before putting him in a rescue Landrover.

The injured man was six miles from completing the Pennine Trail
The injured man was six miles from completing the Pennine Trail Credit: Chris Chapman / BSARU

Tents robbed at festival

£6500 worth of valuables have been stolen from six tents at the Electric fields music event.

The one-day festival took place on 30th August. Six tents were entered and had a variety of belongings and money stolen, including expensive cameras and lenses, mobile phones (mainly iPhones and a Nokia Lumina phone) and credit cards.

The tents were being used by people attending the concert but were vacant at the time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.

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Investigations continue into fire deaths

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances of a fire which killed two people in Windermere.

Police were called at 3.35pm, to Ecclerigg, after a shed containing fireworks was on fire. A vehicle near to the shed was also damaged by the blaze.

Two bodies, believed to be a male and female, were found.

Police are working closely with the fire service, HSE, and Trading Standards to investigate the circumstances that led to the fire.

Intruders rob 71-year-old in home

A 71-year-old has been assaulted and robbed in his home in Belmont Road, Stranraer.

On Saturday 30th August the man answered a knock to his door. He was then confronted by two people, one of whom knocked the 71-year old to the ground. £200 was stolen before the intruders left.

The victim was not injured but left shaken and distressed.

The two who called at the house are described as:

  • 30-year-old male, 5"9 tall, stocky build with short cropped hair. It is thought he was wearing dark blue jeans, a dark grey top and a dark blue hoodless rain jacket.
  • The second person is described as 5"7 tall, wearing denim jeans and a hooded jacket. It is not known if the second person was male or female.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police.

4.1million Scots ready to cast their vote

Campaign material ahead of the Scottish independence referendum
Campaign material ahead of the Scottish independence referendum Credit: PA

Both campaigns in the Scottish independence referendum campaign are urging people to register to vote it they haven't yet done so.

Voter registration is already at an all time high, with more than 4.1million Scots on the electoral roll.

If residents of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders want to vote on September 18th their names need to be on the electoral register by midnight tomorrow. Details of who is eligible and how to register can be found on the council websites:

Rangers defeat Doonhamers

Queen of the South's Gavin Reilly scores the opening goal during the SPFL Championship match in Glasgow
Queen of the South's Gavin Reilly scores the opening goal during the SPFL Championship match in Glasgow Credit: PA

Queen of the South lost their biggest game of the season so far when they took on Glasgow giants Rangers.

Queens went ahead twice during the match with goals from Gavin Reiley and Iain Russell, but the final score ended four two to the hosts.

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