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Assault in Peebles

Shop where the assault took place Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for information after a female shop assistant was assaulted in Pebbles yesterday (13th November).

The attack happened at around 4.45pm at Thistle Quilting on Peebles High Street.

A man, described as white, in his 40's, around 5'10", of medium build with short black hair, entered the shop, assaulted the shop assistant then ran off in the direction of North Bridge.

He is described as wearing a navy jacket and blue jeans.

A Police spokesperson said:

“This appears to have been an unprovoked attack which has left the victim very shaken. I would urge anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact Peebles Police station on 01721720637 or contact the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 111555."

Cumbrian man sentenced to 7 years

John Lowis Credit: Cumbria Police

A 44-year-old man from Cumbria has been sentenced to seven years in jail for assaulting a 52-year-old man with a hammer.

John Lowis from Shap, carried out the assault on the August 12th.

Detective Inspector Kim Fulton said:

“The assault which took place was serious and could have resulted in the victims death. He was badly injured following the attack, sustaining extremely serious injuries and it was fortunate that the injuries were not fatal.

“This was a premeditated attack, Lowis purposefully left the premises where the victim was and armed himself with a hammer in order to assault the victim.

"He waited in the area until he was able to ambush the victim and then proceeded to violently attack him. The sentence impose today reflects the serious of the assault."


Serious assault - seven charged

Seven people have been charged in relation to a serious assault that happened in Carlisle in June 2012.

Local bar manager Tim Ip was assaulted in the early hours of the morning in Lowther Arcade in Carlisle, as a result he spent some time in intensive care in Newcastle's RVI hospital.

Cumbria police have now confirmed the following people have been charged with affray:

  • Connor Terrence O’Neil,19, of Kingmoor Rd Carlisle
  • Joshua John O’Neil, 22, of Sandpiper Dr Peterborough
  • Lee O’Neil, 30, of Sandpiper Dr Peterborough
  • Ricky O’Neil, 26, of Bernard St Southampton
  • Jodie Patricia O’Neil, 29, of Orchard Lane Southampton
  • Sean Carruthers, 30, of Sunnymead Carlisle

Also charged with the same incident was Thomas Martin Tweedy Hill, aged 21, from Flower St Carlisle

All are due to appear at Carlisle Magistrates Court on Friday 2nd November 2012

Police release CCTV of a man they want to trace over an assault in Kendal.

CCTV image of a man Police want to trace over an assault in Kendal Credit: Cumbria police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace in connection with an assault in Kendal at the end of June.

A man was assaulted and his vehicle was scratched by a man who struck the car with an umbrella before punching the victim in the face.

It happened on June 22nd. CCTV captures a man seen in the area at the time and Police believe he may have important information to help their enquiries. Anyone who recognises him is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Sexual assault in Hawick

An investigation has been launched following a serious sexual assault on a woman in the Borders town of Hawick. Police have stepped up patrols in the Burnfoot housing estate to re-assure the local community after receiving a report of the attack.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident which happened at a flat in Chay Blyth Place during the early hours of Sunday morning and an appeal has been issued for any witnesses to come forward. A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said:

"Officers continue to investigate the full circumstances surrounding this incident and we have deployed high-visibility patrols in the area to engage with the local community and offer reassurance. The public should continue to go about their daily routine but report any suspicious activity to the police."

– Lothian and Borders Police

Anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw or heard anything suspicious, should contact the police on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.


Workington Assault: E-Fit released

E-Fit Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have released an e-fit of a man they are seeking in connection with an assault which occurred on Monday 21st may, shortly after 7:30 pm.

A woman stopped her car to offer help at a lay-by between Stainburn and Brigham in the direction of Cockermouth after being flagged down by a man.

The man got into her car pulled her hair and ordered her to go to Workington, When they got to the Stainburn roundabout the man left. Apart form the shock of the incident the female was otherwise uninjured.

The man is described as approximately 20 years old, 5 ft 9" tall, slim build with short dark hair wearing black trousers and a black jacket with a hood. The victim said he did not have a local accent.

DCI Keith Capstick, said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and we would appeal for anyone who recognizes the man in this e-fit, or who saw a man fitting this description in the Brigham area or later in the Stainburn area sometime between 7:45 pm and 8:10 pm.

He has somehow got to the lay-by in the first place and someone may have seen him or given him a lift before the incident. "If you think this is you, then please contact us so we can eliminate you from our enquiries.

"The victim was trying to be a good Samaritan by helping someone who she thought needed assistance. This is an isolated incident and we do not want the public to feel unsafe, but we urge caution when stopping for anyone who you don't know."

Workington assault

Police in Workington are investigating an assault which occurred shortly after 7:30 pm on Monday evening.

The victim, a woman aged 33, was driving her car between Stainburn and Brigham towards Cockermouth. As she passed a lay-by she was flagged down by a man and she stopped to offer assistance.

The man entered her vehicle and told her to turn around and drive towards Workington. In order to make the her comply the man pulled her hair. The man was taken to Workington and got out of the car in the area of Stainburn roundabout. Apart from the shock the female was uninjured as a result.

The male is described as about 20 years old, not a local accent, 5’9’’ tall, slim build, with short dark hair wearing black trousers and a black jacket with a hood.

“We are appealing for witnesses to help us catch this man. He has somehow got to the lay-by in the first place and someone may have seen him or given him a lift before the incident.

“He left Stainburn on foot sometime between 7:45 and 8:10 pm and someone may have seen him. The victim is obviously shaken by the incident after she had stopped as a Good Samaritan.

– DCI Keith Capstick
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