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Police investigate spate of burglaries

Cumbria Police are investigating a spate of burglaries, mainly in the Eden area.

At some point between 11pm on 12 February and 6am on 13 February 2015 a burglary occurred at a property on Bower Street.

An offender stole a blue Volkswagen Polo car, a PS4 and an Apple laptop.

The vehicle was eventually located near Langwathby.

Further burglaries then occurred:

  • At a property on Croft Terrace, Penrith, between midnight on 2 March and 12:17am on 2 March where an offender stole a pedal cycle from an outbuilding.
  • At a property on Monks Close, Penrith, between 10:30pm on 1 March and 6:40am on 2 March where an offender stole a Honda KB suitcase generator, Stihl saw and a 12-inch wacker plate.
  • At a second property on Monks Close, Penrith, between 4pm on 1 March and 6:50am on the 2 March where an offender stole two hammers and a wooden handed shovel.
  • At a property on Scotland Road, Penrith, between 11pm on 1 March and 7am on the 2 March where an offender has attempted to gain access to a garage door causing damage.

A 23-year-old man from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, and bailed until 13 April 2015.

“We are appealing for anyone who has any information regarding these incidents to get in touch.

In particular we would like information on the vehicle that was stolen from Bower Street.

Any information, no matter how insignificant you may deem it, could be crucial to our investigation.”

– Temporary Detective Constable Adam Braniff, North Cumbria CID

Police investigate attempted burglary

Police are investigating an attempted burglary in Ambleside Credit: PA

Police in south Cumbria are investigating an attempted burglary at a jewellery store in Ambleside.

The incident occurred at about 4.20am today at Ambleside Jewellers on Lake Road.

Two men attempted to break into the store before an alarm was activated.

The two men ran off in the direction of a walk way towards St Mary’s Lane.

The males are described as approximately 6ft tall, wearing dark clothing and balaclavas or hoods covering their faces. One of the offenders was white.

Police have asked the public for information as they attempt to trace who is responsible.

"We are appealing for anyone with information or witnessed suspicious activity in the early hours of this morning to get in touch.”

– DCI Dave Stalker, South Cumbria CID


Two jailed for burglary of 77 year old.

Two men have been sentenced for more than 10 years at Carlisle Crown Court for burglary of a 77 year old deaf woman in her home.

Bryan Dance, aged 49, originally from Carlisle but living at Sherwood Avenue, Nottingham pleaded not guilty and his son Steven Dance, aged 25, from Borland Avenue, Botcherby pleaded guilty. Both men were found guilty of the burglary and sentenced to six years and four and a half years respectively.

Bryan Dance Credit: Cumbria Police
Steven Dance Credit: Cumbria Police

It happened 22nd May 2012, when police were contacted by an employee of Deaf Vision on behalf of the woman. The victim has been deaf from birth and is limited in her communication skills. After the lighting system told her someone was at the door she went to see who it was.

Two men were stood there and she indicated that she was unable to hear them, but understood that they were there to sell her items. She let the men into her home made them cups of tea and bought £20 worth of items. When she came back after making more tea they had left and had taken £150.

Detective Constable Chris Hind said: “This was an appalling crime against a vulnerable, elderly, lady. These two men quickly recognised how vulnerable this person was and stolen from her, in total they were in her home for about 10 minutes.

"Not only were they able to quickly search other rooms and steal money which she had been keeping aside for her trip to the bingo but took back the items that they had sold to her. The sentence given today reflects the dreadful nature of this crime.

“I would like to that this opportunity to thank the victims care workers and interpreter at Deaf vision, who provided essential support to the victim.

“We continue to advise everyone to be careful who they let into their homes, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because someone has identification that they are from where they say. If you are uncertain, [telephone and] check with the company, otherwise don’t let them in and shut the door.”

If you are aware of any suspicious callers in your area or wish to speak to an officer about safety advice, ring Cumbria Constabulary on 101.

Cumbria police warn of burglaries

Cumbria police are warning residents in Carlisle that burglaries at insecure properties are continuing to rise.

In April 2012, 41% of house burglaries were down to insecurities and insecure burglaries have continued to rise to a staggering 58% between August and September this year.

17 out of 29 reported burglaries between the beginning of August and 10th September were committed at homes where windows or doors were left unlocked.

The burglaries are happening across the city with no specific hotspots.

Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir said:

“The rising number of burglaries shows that the public are still making life easy for criminals. Leaving your home or property insecure will result in someone trying to get in and, if they can get in, they will - and you can say goodbye to your belongings.

“There is no clear time of day when this is happening. The burglaries have generally been scattered across the city which indicates that criminals are just trying their luck. It’s the homes that are left insecure that are being targeted.

“We all need to be vigilant against criminals. Generally speaking, people are aware they need to lock their doors but the number of crime reports we receive suggests that this isn’t happening and people don’t believe it will happen to them. The sad fact is it can – and you are far more likely to be a victim if you leave your property insecure.

“People work hard to afford nice things and nice homes so, please don’t be complacent with your security. If you spend a lot of time in one area of the house which could mean that you wouldn’t hear the front or back door if they were opened –lock them."

– Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir

Police officers will continue their patrols in the local community and are on hand to provide advice to residents who are concerned.


21 year old arrested following Wigton burglary

Police are investigating a burglary and theft at the CO-OP pharmacy, King Street, Wigton, which took place at around 2:30 am on 1 March 2012. A 21 year old Wigton man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been bailed until 24 April 2012 pending further enquiries.

During the burglary a large quantity of both prescription and controlled drugs were stolen. Approximately 1/4 of these drugs have been recovered. However there are still a number which are missing and police are warning anyone against using any drugs which have not been prescribed to them.

"It is important that people realise the dangers in taking both prescribed and controlled drugs that a doctor has not personally prescribed for them. We are wanting to recover all of the items stolen and would ask members of the public to get in touch.

– DC Andrew Myers, from Workington CID