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Chief Constable: policing 'not all about numbers'

Cumbria Police has launched its new £2.5m CCTV network - at a time when police officer numbers are being cut.

Chief Constable Jerry Graham says the technology will help them to fight crime, and that policing is "not all about numbers":

I think it would be very simplistic to say policing is all about numbers.

Head count, the number of police officers, the number of police staff is critically important, but we need the best equipment to try and keep people safe, the best radios, the best dogs and the best CCTV and this is part of our canon of tools that we can use to protect the public of Cumbria."

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

CCTV cameras rolled out across Cumbria

CCTV cameras will be rolled out across the county. Credit: PA

A new network of CCTV cameras will be launched in Cumbria today.

The project has been commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, and will be implemented by Cumbria Constabulary.

53 cameras will be operated across Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Whitehaven, Penrith and Barrow, and more could be added if necessary.

The project will cost £2.5 million over the next seven years.

CCTV will play a vital role in delivering a safe and secure environment for people who live, work and visit Cumbria.

At the same time CCTV will help in reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder as well as providing proactive support for the business community. When I came into Office in November 2012 there was the real prospect of all the CCTV cameras in the major urban areas across the county being switched off. Today, we have a state-of-the-art system which will be supported for the next seven years.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner


Full Report: New CCTV plans for Cumbria

Cumbria Police is planning to install one of the UK's biggest network of CCTV cameras across the county.

They would go live next year and be monitored from a central control room at the force's headquarters in Penrith.

Closed circuit systems run by local councils have been cut back in recent years, as a result of spending cuts.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner says the network will make Cumbria a safer place.

Ryan Dollard reports:


CCTV image of man who damaged Carlisle takeaway

CCTV image of the man who damaged the Southern Fried Chicken Takeaway on Botchergate Credit: Cumbria Police

An image of the man who caused damage to the Southern Fried Chicken Takeaway on Botchergate in Carlisle has been released.

Cumbria Police say the incident happened at around 1.50am on Saturday 14th December, when a man kicked the premises window, causing around £300-£400 worth of damage.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact PC Claire Bailey in Carlisle on 101.

CCTV released of Carlisle assault

CCTV footage of a woman being assaulted in Carlisle on October 28th, has been released by detectives.

The 24-year-old was punched in the head and fell to the ground as she attempted to break up a fight between two men at Court Square in the town.

She suffered a fractured skull and bleeds to the brain, and is still recovering at home.

"“This woman was acting as a peacekeeper and attempted to stop two men from fighting, which I believed showed extreme courage. The CCTV shows how quickly she fell to the ground after being punched and subsequently suffered serious injuries.

“We are particular keen to speak to the witnesses to the incident who clearly assist the victim after the assault and anyone who recognises the man who threw the punch.”

– Detective Constable Steve Whitehead, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information can contact Carlisle CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The video can be viewed on the Cumbria Police website.

Fake money probe: Man sought

Police in Carlisle have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to regarding some counterfeit currency.

At around 11:45 am on Wednesday 22nd August counterfeit currency was presented at a newsagent in The Market, Carlisle.

Police would like trace the man wearing a grey coat, who had short dark hair, who is seen approaching the counter at The Paper Shop newsagent, as shown in the footage.

Police are asking anyone who recognises this person, to contact Carlisle Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

CCTV footage of Peebles killer

This is CCTV Footage of Eliska Novotna and her lover Arunas Ramanauskas on a shopping trip last year.

Farm worker Eliska has been sentenced to nine years in jail for killing Arunas at the Peebles farm where they worked.

She was found guilty of culpable homicide after standing trial for murder. Novotna claimed she was acting in self defence as she feared being the victim of a sex attack.