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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.

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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

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

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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.

Vandals target Borders town

Nine vehicles were vandalised on the same Hawick street causing two thousand pounds of damage.

The attacks were carried out on Ivanhoe terrace between Thursday and Saturday.

Police Scotland have launched an investigation and are have appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

All the vehicles were badly scratched.

"This was a mindless act of destruction that resulted in high-value damage to a number of vehicles. "We would urge anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in Ivanhoe Terrace between Thursday and Saturday to contact police immediately.

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

Two men arrested after reports of fighting

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 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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