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Crime rises in Cumbria

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Crime in Cumbria has risen by 4% over the last year, according to figures released this morning

But the county's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes claims that while this is disappointing, there has been a 15% drop in antisocial behaviour in the same period.

He says that the longterm trend in crime is also down, with overall crime falling by 10.8% and anti-social behaviour falling by 45.6% over the last five years.

Sheep worth £50k stolen from Cumbrian farm

Swaledale sheep stolen from Long Marton Credit: NFU

The National Farmers Union is asking farmers to be vigilant after nearly £50,000 worth of sheep were stolen from a Cumbrian farm.

Twenty-six pedigree Swaledale breeding sheep were taken from an eight acre field at Long Marton near Appleby. It's thought the thieves must have experience rounding up livestock.

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Victims and witnesses asked to help

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking victims and witnesses to help improve services for their counterparts in the future.

Richard Rhodes has invited them to take part in a Consultation Group that has been established to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime and antisocial behaviour have a voice.

It is hoped the consultation process will mean that services available to those affected by crime are enhanced.

“Some of the work that the Victim Services Consultation Group will be involved in will include developing and auditing services and being consulted about future initiatives. I am committed to improving the experience of victims.”

– Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes

Number of rapes reported in Cumbria increases

The number of rapes recorded in Cumbria increased by 23 in the year 2013/14, compared to 2012/13.

The number of prosecutions and convictions also went up between 2012 and 2013, but the figure remains low:

  • Recorded rapes in 2012/2013 - 65 adults, 38 children
  • Recorded rapes in 2013/2014 - 80 adults, 46 children
  • Prosecutions for rape in 2012 - 9
  • Prosecutions for rape in 2013 - 24
  • Convictions for rape in 2012 - 3
  • Convictions for rape in 2013 - 6
25%
Of prosecutions for rape in 2013 led to convictions.

Police appeal for vandalism witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses after cars and a charity office in Dumfries and Galloway were vandalised.

A silver Jaguar car parked in Annan's Drummond Road was targeted sometime on Thursday night or the early hours of Friday and a blue Ford Fusion - on a driveway of a house at Durisdeer Mill in Thornhill - had its tyres vandalised on three separate occasions between the evening of Sunday 15 February and Thursday morning.

The premises of Apex Scotland in Friars Vennel, Dumfries also had a window smashed on Friday night or the early hours of Saturday morning.

Anybody with information about any of the crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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