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Consultation on anti-social behaviour sanctions in Cumbria

People in Cumbria are being asked how offenders of certain low level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with.

From this autumn victims of this type of crime will have a say in the sanction given to the offender by the police from a list of Community Remedy options.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, Richard Rhodes, has today launched a consultation period which asks people in the county for their input of what the options should be.

Some of the ideas to tackling disorder include victims meeting offenders, and offenders repairing damage to property.

“Putting victims at the heart of all our work is something that I have advocated from day one, and I welcome the opportunity to engage with people on the Community Remedy options to reinforce this commitment.

“I would urge as many people as possible take the chance to have their say on this important change by completing the questionnaire."

– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Have your say. Complete the Community Remedy questionnaire.

Following the consultation, Mr Rhodes will draw up the Community Remedy document and agree it with the Chief Constable, before it is published in October.

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A66 remains closed after five car crash

The A66 near Brough remains closed following the a road traffic collision involving five vehicles.

Police say the road is expected to be open within the hour, by about 5pm and are asking motorists to avoid the area and seek alternative routes.

Emergency services were called at 1:08pm today, Friday 22 August.

Vehicles involved:

· Renault Master, male aged 61

· Renault Traffic, male aged 21

· Alfa Romeo, female aged 48

· Vauxhall Zafira, male aged 42

· Landrover Freelander, female aged 29

The driver of the Renault Traffic has been transported to the Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary with non-life threatening injuries.

Mountain Rescue bank holiday advice

It's a plea mountain rescue teams make time and time again - if you're heading onto the hills this bank holiday weekend then make sure you're prepared.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team in the Lake District had five calls last weekend including one family who called for help and then failed to notify emergency services once they'd made it to safety.

Penny Kirby explains what type of strain it put on the organisation if they are called out when someone has found their way but not informed them:

"It means that were are searching unnecessarily and extends the search by hours. It means that if we have a genuine call for help later on, we might not be in a position to help, and would have to call on other teams which puts a delay into the system."

– Penny Kirby, Team Leader, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Advice checklist:

  • Check the forecast - be mindful that it is about ten degrees cooler on the tops than in the valley with stronger winds and heavier rain
  • Wear the right clothing and take extra
  • Take and use a map and a compass
  • Be aware of what time it gets dark

Darling says it's 'Wetter Together'

Alistair Darling - quick off the mark - has completed the Ice Bucket Challenge after he was nominated by actor James McAvoy, who also nominated Alex Salmond.

Watch: McAvoy Ice Bucket Challenge

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Children 'are not eating enough' in the summer

According to a report carried out for breakfast cereal manufacturer Kelloggs one in ten pupils in Scotland come back to school after not eating enough during the school holidays.

In the North West of England that figure is one in six. Around a third of teachers say they've noticed pupils coming back to school underweight, while about a quarter of all parents say the holidays put an extra burden on their food budget.

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