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Two men arrested after reports of fighting

Armed officers were on Bower Street, Carlisle
Armed officers were on Bower Street, Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Two men have been arrested in Carlisle after reports of a fight in public.

Police were called to Bower Street where it was reported the men were fighting. The men left the area - one left in a red Audi and the other followed afterwards in a blue Vauxhall Vectra.

They drove to the Newtown Road area and collided into each other, also colliding with a parked Vauxhall Mervia.

One man later approached police officers and was arrested on suspicion of affray. The 17-year-old from Carlisle is currently helping police with their enquiries.

The second man was arrested in the Raffles area in connection with the incident. The 20-year-old, also from Carlisle, will be interviewed by police. Anyone with information should contact Cumbria police.

Police vans and police dogs were in Carlisle following the incident
Police vans and police dogs were in Carlisle following the incident Credit: ITV Border

Reports of men fighting in Carlisle

Two men have been reported fighting on Bower Street, Carlisle.

Police were called at 12.26pm today (14th August). However, one man left the area in a red car and the other man left in a blue car. It's believed they have driven onto the Newtown Road area of Carlisle. The blue car stopped on Peel Street but the people in the car had left.

Anyone with information, especially regarding a red Audi, should contact police.

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Football fan fight injures charity woman

A 59 year-old woman from Carlisle was involved in an incident which left her with injuries to her face and head.

The woman was outside Griffin Pub collecting money for charity when a fight broke out between football fans. Carlisle United and Luton Town football fans were in the area following a game earlier in the day.

The woman was taken to hospital but later discharged. The incident happened at 5pm on the 9th August and police are asking for any witnesses to get in contact.

"We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to this incident, especially any football fans who were in the area at the time.

The woman was standing outside the pub, collecting money for charity and was not involved in any altercation. The incident left the victim with numerous injuries.”

– Detective Constable James Aiston

The last men to face the death penalty in Britain

It's the 50th anniversary of the last hangings to take place in Britain following the murder of a man near Workington. Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were executed for killing laundry worker John West in April 1964.

They're now remembered as the last men put to death by the British justice system.

Ryan Dollard has been taking a look back at the case and its significance to the capital punishment debate.

'So brutal a crime': Why two men were the last to face the death penalty

Today (13th August) marks 50 years since the last hangings in Britain.

The two men who were the last to receive the death penalty were Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen. They were found guilty of robbing and murdering van driver John Alan West in Seaton, near Workington, in April 1964.

Paul Heslop is a True Crime author. He explains why the men were hanged despite few people being sentenced to the death penalty.

50 years since hangings for Workington murder

Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were found guilty of murder in April 1964
Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen were found guilty of murder in April 1964 Credit: ITV

It has been 50 years since the last hangings in Britain.

Gwynne Evans, from Maryport, and Peter Allen were two of the last men to be hanged. They had been found guilty of murdering a van driver, John Alan West, near Workington in April 1964.

Evans and Allen were found guilty of murdering van driver, John Alan West
Evans and Allen were found guilty of murdering van driver, John Alan West Credit: ITV

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Police officer telephone scam targets Cumbria

People are being warned of a telephone scam, in which people claiming to be police officers call and claim that they are following up enquiries following an accident.

The caller is not a police officer and it is believed the cold caller is trying to obtain details to claim for compensation.

The number they are calling from is 01618182004.

Police are advising people to ignore or hang up calls from this number. They also advise to be wary that they may ring back immediately following been hung up on and police ask that this be simply ignored.

'Police officers will always identify themselves by name and the station they are attached to. Unfortunately there are people out there who will attempt to obtain information fraudulently. I strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately.

If you are ever unsure if a call from the police is genuine, ask for the person’s name and then hang up. Using a different phone, as the caller may still be linked to yours, dial 101 and ask for that specific person – if they are genuine, the Communications Centre will be able to put you through to them.'

– Inspector Jon Sherlock, Cumbria Police

For more advice, visit the Action Fraud website here.

Rape charity speaks about low conviction rate

Cumbria's rape conviction is 45 per cent, below the national average of 60 per cent.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has said he is disappointed with the figure, a view shared by charities which are also calling for more education and investment to increase conviction rates.

Rape Crisis England says that only 15 per cent of people who are raped or sexually assaulted report it to the police.

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