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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

Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV News Border

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

Full Report: Vicar sentenced for sex offences

A former Canon at Carlisle Cathedral has been sent to prison for four years after admitting sexual offences against teenage boys. Ron Jons, who's now 75, carried out the offences between 1983 and 1991.

The Church of England has apologised for not reporting the matter to the police when the allegations were brought to the attention of the then Bishop of Carlisle almost 20 years ago.

You can watch the full report from Tim Backshall below.

Church response to former vicar sentencing

A spokesperson for the Diocese, The Venerable Richard Pratt, the Archdeacon of west Cumberland said:

“A prison sentence can never be a matter of pleasure, nor can it put right wrongs that were done, but the sentence given to Ronald Johns today is just and fair and reflects the gravity of his offences.

“We know that those abused can be manipulated by the abuser so that they are the ones who end up feeling guilty, while the abuser attempts to excuse himself. The Diocese of Carlisle therefore hopes that Ronald Johns’ victims will feel that this sentence lays clear the truth: Ronald Johns did wicked things, which were not their fault or responsibility.

“We thank the police for all their work, those who deal with these very painful and stressful sorts of cases deserve our prays and support.

“In case anyone is affected by these matters, we have set up a special helpline with the NSPCC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where independent, confidential and sensitive advice can be sought. The number is: 0808 800 5000 (calls free from UK landlines). The County Council Social Care department can also offer help and advice, their number is 0333 240 1727 Or, of course, people can ring the Police directly on 101.”

– The Venerable Richard Pratt

Police response to vicar sentencing

Cumbria police have responded to the sentencing of a former cannon of Carlisle Cathedral.

Ronald Johns was jailed for four years after admitting sex offences against two boys dating back 20 years.

Temporary Detective Inspector Gary McFadden was the investigating officer he said:

“Today’s court appearance marks the end of a twelve month long police investigation which only began due to the bravery of the victims who had the strength to come forward and report what had happened to them all those years ago. This takes remarkable strength and they have remained our focus throughout the investigation. Many of those victims were in court today to see justice being brought by the sentence which was imposed.

“Johns abused his position of trust to commit heinous crimes against children - and now, almost 20 years on, he has received his punishment.

“Cumbria Police take allegations of sexual offences extremely seriously – no matter when the offences were committed. We would encourage any victims of crime to contact us and we will do all we can to support you and bring offenders to justice.”

– Temporary Detective Inspector Gary McFadden
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