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Man jailed for unprovoked attack on teenager

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A man who punched a boy to the ground and then stamped on his face twice while he lay unconscious has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Robert Robinson launched the unprovoked attack upon his teenaged victim in Whitehaven during the town's maritime festival on June 21 2013.

The 23-year-old, of Castlerigg Close, Whitehaven, was seen by a witness to punch the boy with both fists seven or eight times, before standing on his face.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting the teenager, causing him actual bodily harm, when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today, Wednesday 15 April.

"You might have been facing a murder charge," Judge Paul Batty QC told Robinson as he sent him to prison. "It is simply a happy chance and your good fortune that you didn't kill him.

Sex offender jailed for six months

The 26-year-old was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A man who sexually assaulted a teenager during a train journey in the Lake District has been jailed.

Linley Hassan, 26, who is deaf and unable to speak, sat beside the girl in an otherwise empty carriage and wrote her unwanted notes before the late night attack on January 7.

A drunken Hassan then tried to cuddle the 16-year-old, but when she turned away, he placed his hand on the inside of her thigh.

At Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Hassan pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the teenager.

He was sent to prison for six months by Judge Paul Batty QC, who had heard how the victim "froze" as she was attacked.

"This was a terrifying incident for a young girl on a train," the judge told him.

Hassan, latterly of Castle Street, Kendal, must comply with sex offender notification requirements for the next 10 years.


Man found guilty of murder

Jamie Lee Armstrong has been found guilty of the murder of 23-year-old Luke Hollingswortth.

A court head today, Thursday 19 June, how Armstrong, 21, had stabbed Mr Hollingsworth to death at a house in the Stanwix area of Carlisle in July 2013.

He will appear before Carlisle Crown Court tomorrow, Friday 20 June, for sentencing.

“Luke Hollingsworth was killed in a sustained and brutal assault by Jamie Lee Armstrong over an argument about an unpaid drug debt, we believe. It was a vicious attack, with Armstrong chasing Luke Hollingsworth through the house when he tried to escape from him and stabbing him many times. He then tried to make it look like two unknown assailants had broken in and attacked both him and Luke. Throughout the investigation and the prosecution he maintained this fictitious version of events and has refused to accept responsibility for Luke’s death.

”The jury have today seen through the elaborate, but ultimately implausible, series of lies that he concocted to try to cover up his guilt and they have found him guilty of murder. Police investigators and I worked closely to piece together the many strands of evidence and to build the prosecution case that proved the only person who attacked and killed Luke Hollingsworth was Jamie Lee Armstrong."

– Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Serivce North West

Whitehaven sex offender jailed for 12 years

Joseph Moody will be on the sex offenders register for life Credit: ITV Border

A man from Whitehaven has been jailed for 12 years, for sexually abusing a child and possessing 6,500 indecent images of children, including extreme pornography.

58-year-old Joseph Moody was found guilty after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

He'll be placed on the sex offenders register for life.

The police say he used his position of trust to abuse his victim, who was aged between seven and 10 when the abuse took place.

They and the Crown Prosecution Service have praised the victim's courage in coming forward.

Awards for restaurant workers who helped students being racially abused and attacked

Three McDonald's workers who stepped in when a group of students were subjected to a brutal racist attack have had their bravery and quick thinking recognised.

The restaurant workers intervened when the early morning violence unfolded in Carlisle last July.

They and another good samaritan from Cumbria were given awards at Carlisle Crown Court on Thursday. Hannah McNulty reports.


Awards given to those who stopped racist attack on students in Carlisle

Lesley Mingins, Lee Clark and Vicky Wilson Credit: ITV News

Three people who rushed to the aid of a group of men who were being subjected to a racist attack have been given awards.

A group of students who were due to attend their graduation had punches and abuse hurled at them.

Vicky Wilson, Lee Clark and Lesley Mingins intervened and were given an award for their actions by the High Sheriff after being nominated by the judge who sentenced the pair.

Two men were jailed for the attack, which happened last year.

Carlisle man pleads guilty to Ladbrokes robbery attempt

A man who attempted to steal money from a Carlisle book makers armed with a knife has given a 16 month suspended prison sentence.

Jack Gibson, a lorry driver from Carlisle, threatened a cashier at the Ladbrokes store in Rosemary Street on 11th December 2013.

Police were called to the incident at 3.30pm. Mr Gibson was later arrested on 13th December 2013.

Today at Carlisle Crown Court he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and being in possession of a bladed article.

He's also been handed a 12 month restraining order to stop him entering the shop, a 12 month supervision order and a three month alcohol treatment requirement.

Crime ring members sentenced to 34 years

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Members of an organised crime ring have been jailed for a total of 34 years.

The men were involved in the supply of Class A and B drugs and money laundering across southern Scotland and the north of England.

At Carlisle Crown Court, the final member of the gang, William Henry Young Jnr, 35, from Houghton, was jailed for eight years for two counts of money laundering.

His brother Noel Young, who ran the operation from his prison cell, was jailed for 12 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine.

Francis Morley was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Geoffrey Cairns was jailed for six years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and amphetamine.

The three received sentences in 2011 but only after William Young's sentencing did the judge allow reporting restrictions to be lifted bringing to a close an investigation lasting over three years.

Cumbrian drugs ring: Eight sentenced to almost fifty years in jail

Eight people have been sentenced to a total of 49 years in prison for their part in a large-scale drugs ring.

The seven men and one woman from Carlisle, Kendal, west Cumbria and St Helens, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

'Operation Adder-Silkworm' began in April 2012, with officers from Cumbria Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit investigating a drug supply network.

The following defendants were sentenced :

  • Luke Anthony Babester,39 years old of Milnthorpe Road Kendal sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
  • Roger Fox, 38 years old, of Greta Avenue Carlisle, sentenced to nine years, nine months
  • Stephen James Neill 32 years old of Castle View Kendal sentenced to five years, three months
  • Steven John Smith, 32 years old of Town Croft, Dearham, sentenced to 10 years, six months
  • Martin Andrew Smith 31 years of Grange Avenue, Flimby, sentenced to two years, six months
  • Michael John Britland 30 years old of Billinge Crescent, St Helens, sentenced to three years, four months
  • Grant Joseph Robertson 28 years old of Lingla Bank Frizington, sentenced to three years
  • Angela Marie Clark 52 years old of Robert Owen Avenue, Cleator Moor, sentenced to three years

"Today’s sentences are the result of a great deal of hard, painstaking work by detectives and officers across many departments who are 100% committed to targeting the supply of controlled drugs.

“Although crime is low in Cumbria, we know that there are some people who set their sights onbeing “kingpins” in the drugs trade.

“Criminals often think they are clever and can escape the law. It’s not true. If you get involved in drugs supply you will end up in jail.

“The communities of Cumbria expect us to target serious criminals and that’s what we will continue to do.”

– Detective Inspector Mike Brown, Cumbria Police
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