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Man jailed for assaulting young girl in public toilet

26-year-old John Robert Newton Credit: Cumbria Police

A man has been jailed for 12 years for falsely imprisoning and attacking a young girl in a public toilet.

John Robert Newton, 26, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today having admitted a string of offences. These were committed in Workington on 26th August last year.

Newton had pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of the youngster with intent to commit a sexual offence, common assault and assault causing actual bodily harm. He also admitted one count of voyeurism and two breaches of a sexual offences prevention order.

The court heard Newton smashed his way into a locked toilet cubicle being used by the girl. He refused to let her leave, and warned that he would hit her if she tried to call for help.

When she tried to raise the alarm he struck her three times - twice as she cowered on the floor. Before forcing his way into the cubicle he had tried to film the girl with a mobile phone.

He fled the scene but was caught thanks to assistance from several members of the public.

Judge Paul Batty QC described the crime as "every parent's nightmare" and told Newton, of Fisher Street, Workington, that he must serve at least eight years of his sentence before he can be eligible for parole. "Of its type, this (offence) is about as bad as it gets," said Judge Batty.


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A 24 hour netball challenge has started at St Bees school today.

Both primary and secondary schools are taking part in the event throughout the day which runs through to Saturday morning.

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The 24 hour challenge will have a staff game as well as local netballers from all over Cumbria playing during the night.

The event is part of Pink Netball fortnight which aims to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

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Lockerbie man fined after shooting twenty pheasants in two days

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A 34-year-old man upset at the damage he thought was being caused to crops by game birds, turned an air rifle on them and shot 20 pheasants in a two day period.

But Mark Hodgson was captured on a CCTV monitor put up after the first of dead birds were found.

And at Dumfries Sheriff Court Hodgson, of Blindhillbush, Boreland, near Lockerbie, admitted shooting the 20 pheasants at the neighbouring Balgray Estate in September 2013.

The court heard that Hodgson’s parents were tenants on the farm and he comitted the offence because of concerns about the damage the birds were doing to crops but now accepted that it was an inappropriate way of dealing with things.

He was fined £180 and ordered to pay compensation of £400.

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Could you live without the internet for a week?

Homes in part of Stainburn, in Workington have had no broadband or phone lines for almost a week after underground cables were accidentally damaged.

It's thought around 70 people are affected, including local businesses. Openreach maintains the local network and says the damage was caused by a separate contractor but that it's now checking out what repairs are needed.

Police raise awareness of honour based violence this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is this Sunday and Cumbria Police is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of honour based violence.

Honour based violence is a collection of practices, which are used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. This violence can occur when perpetrators perceive that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code.

“Women are predominantly, but not exclusively the victims of so called ‘honour based violence’ which is used to assert male power in order to control female autonomy and sexuality. Crimes of so called honour can take many forms but those committed might include domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual or psychological abuse, forced marriage, kidnapping, and false imprisonment. I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness within Cumbria of honour based violence and the many forms it can take and encourage communities to report any concerns they may have.

“Such violence cuts across all cultures, nationalities, faith groups, and communities. I would encourage anyone who has any concerns or is aware of any instances of this nature to report to Cumbria Police. Any reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally by trained officers.”

– Detective Inspector Gemma Hannah of the Public Protection Unit


Appeal for witnesses after an assault in Selkirk

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Selkirk.

It happened at around 2am on Sunday, on Bleachfield Road in Selkirk near to Thornfield Avenue.

Two men approached a 30-year-old man from behind and assaulted both him and his female companion.

The suspects then ran off in the direction of Thornfield Avenue.

The man sustained an injury to his head and was taken to Borders General Hospital where he was treated.

One of the suspects was wearing a pink or red short-sleeved top, and had a muscular upper body. The second suspect was wearing a grey top.

Officers are urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

"This was a very distressing incident for the victims and we're urging anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of

Bleachfield Road around 2am, or who knows who the suspects are, to come forward."

– PC Shirley Kirk

New call centre opens to make outpatient appointments

A new call centre to make outpatient appointments at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has opened.

The Contact Centre houses a centralised booking team, on hand to respond to the needs of patients who are referred to the Trust from a variety of sources.

The new centralised centre, on Port Road, Carlisle will be open for longer hours and will have one number for patients to call. The service will enable a telephone answering service to be staffed from 8.00am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday, facilitating better patient contact.

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