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'Your police, your say' vows Crime Chief

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

People are being invited to have their say about the future funding of the police service in Cumbria.

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, is giving people eight weeks to offer their opinions about levels of council tax.

It is estimated that 14% of the local council tax bill goes to pay for the police service. It is the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner to decide whether the amount of council tax is increased or frozen each year.

Most of the funding for the police budget comes from central government, supported by the council tax precept, the police's own financial reserves and money that hadn't been spent in the previous year's budget.

The Crime Commissioner plans to host a variety of events including public meetings, online meetings and online surveys.

'Part of the rationale for Police and Crime Commissioners was that they would represent the public and enable people to have a voice in policing. This why I am going directly to the people of Cumbria to get their views about the future funding of policing through their council tax payments.'

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

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Former NFU leaders back 'Yes' vote

What would independence mean for farmers in the South of the country? Today four former Presidents of the National Farmers Union of Scotland claimed a yes vote would give rural Scotland a more powerful voice in Europe. But other farming leaders warned access to crucial markets south of the border could be made much more difficult. Joe Pike reports.

Sturgeon says independence will halt benefit cuts

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

More than 100,000 disabled people in Scotland will lose out because of Westminster benefit reforms - according to the Deputy First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon says only a vote for independence will halt the cuts. But opposition parties say this isn't true and she's trying to frighten vulnerable people before the vote.

Kirkby Stephen Police warn of fuel thefts

Cumbria Police are warning HGV drivers to be more vigilant after diesel was stolen from two separate vehicles in the Kirkby Stephen area.

A significant amount of fuel was stolen overnight on 9th August, after another incident was reported in Brough between 4th and 8th August.

These are the Police's top tips to prevent becoming a victim of fuel theft:

  1. Make sure gate compounds are locked and secure.
  2. Consider fitting an anti-attack cover.
  3. Park in a well lit area to be seen by passing traffic.
  4. Place a heavy object on the fuel tank to prevent access.
  5. Run the tank down daily and refuel each morning.
  6. Don't leave keys in the vehicle.
  7. Arrange for vehicle checks on premises outside of working times.

Anyone who has seen anything suspicious such as anyone with pumps or pipes that could be used for stealing fuel is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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North Cumbria Hospitals Trust referred to health secretary

Two hospitals in North Cumbria have been referred to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for failing to deal with mounting debts.

The trust has been referred to the Health Secretary over financial concerns Credit: ITV News Border

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust was one of 19 flagged up to Jeremy Hunt for not meeting its statutory duty to break-even in the last financial year.

The trust runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Cockermouth votes 'yes' for planning permission overhaul

Hundreds of people in Cockermouth yesterday voted in favour of new authority to decide if planning decisions should be de-regulated for shops on the high street.

The 'yes' vote will overhaul planning permission applications in the town Credit: ITV Border

Certain shops will now be able to expand their businesses, turn them into cafes, change their shop fronts and change windows and doors without planning permission.

Cumbria County Council controversy over £400,000 retirement pay

The controversy over executive pay has reared its head again, after it came to light that a former leader of Cumbria County Council retired last year with a pay-off of more than £400,000.

Jill Stannard's golden handshake has provoked anger from politicians and union's at the trend for large benefits packages being awarded to top public sector workers.

The council claims its restructuring of senior management taken last year will save it more than half a million pounds annually. Ryan Dollard has more.

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