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D&G events support global domestic violence campaign

Dumfries and Galloway Council are showing their support for the 16 Days of Action campaign with a series of events.

The campaign is against gender violence and runs from 25th November to 10th December.

The Dumfries and Galloway Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership has organised the following events:

  • 19th November to 2nd December: DAVAWP Song Writing Competition Online Public Vote on www.dumgal.gov.uk/davawp/
  • 25th November at 5pm: free film screening followed by a discussion – Pretty Woman Examined: Confronting the Realities of the Sex Industry, Robert Burns Cinema, Dumfries
  • 25th November: Launch of new Queen of the South FC and White Ribbon Scotland Postcard campaign at the Robert Burns Cinema, Dumfries
  • 25th November to 25th January: Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Online Survey on www.dumgal.gov.uk/davawp/
  • 4th December at 7.30pm: Anti-Violence Against Women concert and Competition Awards Ceremony at the Oasis Youth Centre in Dumfries
  • 12th December at 7.45pm: Queen of the South Vs Rangers – White Ribbon Game at Palmerston Stadium, Dumfries

Councils backs festive domestic abuse campaign

According to police, over the festive season the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police rises. Credit: PA

A global campaign against domestic abuse is being supported by the Scottish Borders Safer Communities team as part of a festive safety warning. Dumfries and Galloway Council are also supporting it.

According to police, over the festive season the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the police rises.

The aim of the global 16 Days of Action campaign, which runs from 25th November to 10th December, is to eliminate all forms of violence against women. Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background. The abuse can be physical, sexual or mental and emotional and can be committed in the home or elsewhere.

Police figures from 2009/10 showed there were over 800 domestic incidents reports to the police in the Borders, with the vast majority being women.

"Domestic abuse is the most often repeated and the least reported of all crimes. The impact on children and the wider family cannot be underestimated.

Many women find it difficult to seek help - abuse thrives on secrecy and silence but there are specialist services such as Border Women’s Aid, Children1st, and Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre who can provide help.

With International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marking the start of 16 Days of Action today, it is a timely to raise awareness and give a clear message to our communities that violence in any form is unacceptable.”

– Paul Richardson, Safer Communities Officer at Scottish Borders Council

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can report it in person at a police office, at a remote reporting site, phone 101, or 999 in an emergency.

There is a directory of agencies which can help victims of domestic abuse, available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/domesticabuse.

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Assault in McDonalds - CCTV image released

The CCTV image shows a man police wish to speak to in connection with the assault. Credit: Cumbria Police
The CCTV image shows a man police wish to speak to in connection with the assault. Credit: Cumbria Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to speak to in connection with an assault on a 16-year-old from Kendal.

It happened in McDonalds on Stricklandgate in Kendal around 8.10pm on the 9th October.

The offender challenged a group of young people about their behaviour before throwing a drink in the victim's face and punching him, resulting in a broken nose.

“We ask that anyone who has information about the incident or recognises the man from the CCTV images to get in touch. The victim was understandably shaken by the incident and we ask for the public’s help in tracing this man.”

– PC Claire Martin

Campaign against violence: 'No one asks to be raped'

Campaign poster: 'No one asks to be abused - threaten or assault a family member and you are breaking the law' Credit: Cumbria Police

A new campaign is telling potential violent and sexual offenders to 'do the right thing'.

It focuses on three areas:

  • Sexual assault/rape
  • Alcohol fuelled violence
  • Domestic violence

In Cumbria between August 2012 and July 2014 there were 746 rapes or ‘other sexual offences’. In 88% of the rapes, and 75% of the other sexual offences, the offender was known to the victim.

The aim of the campaign, by Cumbria Police, is to make it clear that violence of any kind won't be tolerated.

Campaign poster: 'No one asks to be raped - anything less than a 'yes' and you are breaking the law'. Credit: Cumbria Police

“Normally at this time of year we issue safety messages to people about how to keep themselves safe – for example, don’t walk home alone or don’t leave your drink unattended. This is important advice and we do want people to take steps to keep themselves safe.

However, the truth is many people who are victims of sexual or violent assaults know their attacker, in which case this type of advice will be unlikely to help in their situation.

It also sets up the expectation that these people are somehow responsible for what happens if they become a victim of crime. This is absolutely not the case. No matter where a victim is, how they are acting, how intoxicated they may be, it is never the victim’s fault.

This campaign aims to put the blame where the blame belongs – with the offender. I want to be very clear: there is absolutely no excuse for violent or abusive behaviour and it will not be tolerated in Cumbria.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson, Cumbria Police

Keeping safe over the festive period

People are encouraged to look for the 'padlock' on the address line. Credit: PA

As Christmas approaches, Police Scotland and Cumbria Police are warning people about the potential dangers of online shopping and keeping safe over the festive period.

Tips include:

  • Don’t leave bags unattended and look after your wallet/purse
  • Don’t leave gifts on display in your car
  • Think before you post photos on social media. If in doubt don’t post it online
  • Only use trusted sites when shopping online - look for the ‘padlock’ in the address line before entering details
  • Plan your journey home from a Christmas night out, don’t leave drinks unattended, stay with your friends and look out for each other
  • Keep your home secure, lock all windows and doors, and switch on the alarm if you have one
  • Don’t advertise an empty home by posting festive plans online.

Stranger tries to grab 9-year-old outside school

The incident happened outside Kingmoor Infant School on Hether Drive. Credit: ITV Border

A 9-year-old boy was approached by a stranger who grabbed his arm outside a school in Carlisle.

The boy managed to free himself from the man and get away from him.

It's believed to have happened around 5pm on 14th November, outside Kingmoor Infant School on Hether Drive.

Police are investigation the incident are have worked with the school in an attempt to reassure parents.

“We appeal to anyone who may have any information on this incident get in touch. Thankfully these type of incidents are very rare in Carlisle and whilst the victim did not receive any injuries, he was understandably upset about the incident.

– Inspector Andy Hanson , Cumbria Police

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Indecent exposure - image released

Cumbria Police have released an image of a man they are keen to speak to in connection with the incidents in Keswick. Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police have released an image of a man they are keen to speak to in connection with a number of indecent exposure incidents in the Keswick area.

According to police a man exposed himself to a woman and children on separate occasions.

Around 9:30pm on the 2nd October a man followed and then exposed himself to a woman who was walking alone towards Blencathra Street.

At the end of the school day on the 3rd October a man exposed himself to children leaving school, in the area of Brundlholme Road and Crossthwaite Road in Keswick. The children were not approached by the man.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cumbria Police.

“I would like to hear from anyone who believes they may know the identity of the man portrayed in this EvoFIT computer generated image, or anyone who may have any information as to who is responsible for these incidents.”

– Detective Constable Christy Robertson

51-year-old in hospital after violent attack

A 51-year-old man is in hospital after being attacked in Stranraer.

Police say the attack took place at around 9.20pm on Tuesday 4th November. The victim was attacked outside his caravan at the Ryan Bay CaravanPark, Innermessan. He was punched and kicked to the ground and it's believed that a bladed weapon was also used.

He was then taken to Galloway Community Hospital where he was treated for what are described as serious but not life threatening injuries.

The two attackers are described as:

  • Male, about 6’1” tall, wearing a dark coloured hooded top.
  • Male, about 5’9” tall, wearing dark coloured, hooded clothing

"Whilst this is a rare type of attack for the area, it was clearly a vicious and sustained attack on the victim which has put him in hospital with some serious injuries. We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area, or who may have any information about this attack to get in touch with Police Scotland at Stranraer through our 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 08900 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Bryan Lee

Dumfries woman assaulted while pushing pram

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 30-year-old woman, who was pushing a pram with her two-year-old son inside, was assaulted in Dumfries.

She was approached on Criffel Road near the Cuckoo Bridge foot path at around 19:45 on Thursday 25 September.

A man asked her for money; when she refused he assaulted her, knocking the pram over, however the infant was not injured.

The man is described as white, around five-foot five and in his early thirties. He is of slim build and was wearing a dark baseball cap.

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