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Cumbria sees hate crime increase

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Cumbria Police recorded 50 hate crimes between July and September 2016.

That's an increase of 14 per cent on the previous three months.

Police forces in England and Wales can class five types of racially or religiously aggravated offences as hate crimes.

The 14 per cent rise in Cumbria was well below the national increase of 27 per cent.

Police warn Wetheral residents of suspicious door-to-door services

People are encouraged to call the police if they receive a bogus call Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning residents in the Wetheral area to be careful of suspicious men going door-to-door offering painting services.

Police say the men have been doing so over the last couple of days.

People are encouraged to follow the following advice when confronted by bogus callers:

  • Never agree to have any work done by someone who is just passing by
  • Make sure your back door is locked if you are answering the front door to someone you don’t know
  • Watch out for anyone who says they’re in a hurry or it’s an emergency
  • Don’t let them pressure you. If in doubt, call a neighbour, a friend or the police
  • If you think a bogus caller has been to your home, call the police on 999 immediately

Police are asking residents of Wetheral as well as surrounding villages to call Detective Constable James Aiston on 101 quoting 'incident number 86 of 20 January 2017' or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Violent robber sent to prison for nearly five years

James Daniel Walker was sentenced to nearly five years in jail Credit: ITV Border

A violent man who robbed a 16-year-old boy in Kendal has been sent to prison for nearly five years.

James Daniel Walker, 24, held a pair of scissors to his victim's neck and nose during a night time incident on the November 19th last year.

He also struck the teenager with a rock and tried to force a stone into his mouth, before ordering the teen to withdraw £20 from a cashpoint.

Walker, of Oxenholme Road in Kendal, was sentenced for that and a raft of other violent crimes at Carlisle Crown Court today.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery of another teenager in Kendal on the September 27th.

He had also admitted a common assault, possession of two offensive weapons and illegal drugs, and also two counts of wounding which related to football violence.

On that occasion, the court heard, Walker used a hammer to strike and injure two Lancaster City supporters.

Walker received a total sentence of four years and eight months from Judge Peter Davies, saying Walker had been guilty of "repeated and continued acts of violence".

Car stolen and set on fire in Dumfries

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Police are appealing for information after a car was stolen and found on fire in Dumfries.

The blue Ford Focus was taken from the driveway of a house in Callum Road in the early hours of Sunday.

The car was later reported on fire in Lochfield Road at around 7:35am on Sunday morning.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but not before the vehicle was extensively damaged.

"We are keen to trace the following described man who was seen in the Callum Road area at around 0345 on Sunday morning.

"He appeared to be ringing doorbells in the street and is described as being in his late 20s, had a beard and was wearing a black jacket.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this car being driven in the Dumfries area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The number of the car is SD 10 XEU."

– Constable Chris Kemp, Police Scotland

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Criminal damage to Carlisle Christmas decorations

Police want to speak to this person captured on CCTV Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are investigating criminal damage to Christmas decorations at a Carlisle shopping centre.

The offence was committed at around 7.40pm inside The Lanes on Sunday 20 November.

Officers say they want to speak to the person pictured in the CCTV image above in relation to this investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Sgt Rachel Gale or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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