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Police and Crime Commissioner issues Christmas message

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall has praised the county's community spirit in his Christmas message.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy NewYear.

"It is nearly eight months since I have been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner. During that time I have encountered and been genuinely impressed by the community spirit and I would like to thank you all for making Cumbria the safe place that we have all come to appreciate and expect.

"I talk about ‘we not they’ and Christmas is no different to any other time of year. We must all look out for ourselves and each other whether that is keeping our homes secure, looking out for neighbours or reporting a crime.

"The Christmas message is very clear ‘do the right thing’ that includes don’t drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. Disappointingly, Christmas is a time of year where domestic violence increases. This is unacceptable. If you are a victim of domestic violence please come forward and report it to the police. It is only by taking that brave step of coming forward that you can break the cycle of abuse.

"I would like to thank all the police officers, PCSOs and police staff for all their hard work over the last year to keep us safe and especially those that are working over the busy Christmas period.

"I am looking forward to the new challenges of 2017 with the launch of the youth commission, developing blue light collaboration and improving the support to the police when dealing with people in mental health crisis. Of course, we can only deliver these with the help of our partners across the county. I look forward to working together to make Cumbria an even safer place.”

– Peter McCall, Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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D&G farmer says real Christmas trees benefit environement

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A Christmas tree farmer from Dumfries and Galloway is urging people to consider buying a real tree this year, in a bid to help the environment.

Recent figures reveal that only 1 in 5 people are now opting for a real tree, with many choosing the convenience of an artificial tree instead.

However, Rory Young from Scottish Christmas Trees in Kirkgunzeon, says that chopping down thousands of trees is fine, so long as they're being replaced:

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