A former police employee from Carlisle has been sentenced to six years in prison for possessing and distributing indecent images of children.
David Robinson, of Waldegrave Road, was sentenced today (April 17) at Carlisle Crown Court after pleading guilty to 20 counts of possession and distribution.
The 46-year-old was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life, and received a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).
Mr Robinson was arrested in October last year for his offences.
At the time of his arrest, he was employed by Cumbria Constabulary as a staff member on the front counter at Durranhill Police Station.
He was suspended immediately following it, and left the force in January 2015.
Cumbria Police have released this CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft of two scratch cards.
They were taken from the Spar store on Fusehill Street, in Carlisle, on 5 March.
Police believe the incident may be linked to similar thefts on the same day:
- 11:35am - £20 worth of scratch cards taken from Post Office on Blackwell Road
- Later in the day £10 of scratch cards were taken from the Foreways store on Blackwell Road
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.
Hannah McNulty reports on Cumbria Constabulary's plans to recruit 90 new officers despite facing £10.8 million worth of cuts in funding.
Cumbria Constabulary is launching a recruitment drive despite facing £10.8 million worth of cuts in funding.
The force is looking to take on up to 90 officers even though it's reducing overall officer numbers by 155 in an effort to balance the books.
Currently 1,155 officers serve with Cumbria Police. That figure is set to be cut to 977 by 2019.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson claims the numbers add up.
Cumbria police force has announced it is looking to recruit up to 90 officers, despite facing cuts of £10.8 million.
Last month the Constabulary announced plans to cut officer numbers by 155 by the year 2019.
It said the new recruits would replace retired officers to help maintain a "sustainable workforce".
Cumbria Constabulary are asking the public for help as they try to trace the first ever female police officer in Cumbria.
The search is part of a celebration marking the 100 year anniversary of women in policing.
Today 40% of Cumbria Constabulary’s officers are female, which is the highest percentage in the UK.
Now they are looking to find Dorothy Mary Dixon, who they believe was the first ever woman to join the Constabulary, known then as Cumberland and Westmorland Constabulary.
Sixty motorists were caught driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the Cumbria Constabulary's month-long Christmas campaign.
The campaign ran from the 1st of December to the 1st of January.
A total of 2,687 people were tested during this period, a higher number than last year.
However the number of positive results was lower.
Cumbria Police say there is still work to be done.
A former employee of Cumbria Constabulary from Wigton has been sentenced for two counts of Fraud by False Representation, and three counts of Theft by Employee.
Melvin McFadden, aged 58, was sentenced to 84 days, suspended for 12 months, at Kendal Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to all the offences.
McFadden was employed by Cumbria Constabulary at the time of the offences as a Front Counter Clerk, a civilian staff member.
He was arrested on 24th November 2014, following an investigation into fraudulent vouchers that were used in a supermarket.
These vouchers had been originally seized by an officer in relation to a criminal investigation, and had been placed in the property store at Carlisle Police Station.
Mr McFadden was responsible for destroying these vouchers, but instead stole them and used them to pay for fuel. Further gift vouchers and other stolen items were found at his home address, some of which he had previously claimed to have destroyed.
The Constabulary have invited anyone with concerns about a police employee to contact the police on 101.
Cumbria's police force will reportedly have 155 fewer frontline officers by 2019.
The Constabulary has to cut £10.8 million from its budget over the next four years.
£4.3 million is intended be taken from the amount it spends on officers, reducing the force by 14%.
A Cumbrian police woman and her husband have appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, facing a number of fraud charges.
The charges followed an investigation by the Professional Standards Department of Cumbria police.
Tracy Taylor, 42, is a serving police officer and lives in Irthington near Carlisle with her husband Paul, who is 41.
Both spoke to confirm their names, no indictment was read out and they were given conditional bail during this morning's hearing.
They haven't yet entered a plea and the case was adjourned until February 26th.