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Cumbria police woman in court

Paul and Tracy Taylor. Credit: ITV Border

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.

Cumbria's youngest drink driver: 14

Figures released by Cumbria Constabulary show the youngest drink driver to be apprehended between 2008 and 2013 was just 14.

The figures were released after a Freedom of Information Request was submitted by in-car camera provider Nextbase.

The youngest child to be caught drink driving was an 11-year-old apprehended in the Thames Valley area in 2011.

And in Scotland, 718 drink drivers under the age of 18 were caught.

"Under-age driving is illegal and no person under the age of 17 should be driving a car. We have tough laws in place to tackle those caught driving without a licence.

"Drink-driving is a menace that costs lives, and the Government is strengthening the law to help police crack down on this problem."

– Department for Transport Spokesman


Almost 100 Cumbrian under-18s caught drink driving

91 Cumbrian under-18s were apprehended between 2008 and 2013 Credit: JOHN GILES/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nearly 100 under-18s were caught drink driving in Cumbria between 2008 and 2013.

The figures were released by Cumbria Constabulary, and 42 other police forces, after a Freedom of Information Act request by in-car camera provider Nextbase.

They also released the number of under-16s, and the youngest person who was apprehended.

  • Under-18s: 91
  • Under-16s: 31
  • Youngest offender: 14 years old

'Your police, your say' vows Crime Chief

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

People are being invited to have their say about the future funding of the police service in Cumbria.

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, is giving people eight weeks to offer their opinions about levels of council tax.

It is estimated that 14% of the local council tax bill goes to pay for the police service. It is the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner to decide whether the amount of council tax is increased or frozen each year.

Most of the funding for the police budget comes from central government, supported by the council tax precept, the police's own financial reserves and money that hadn't been spent in the previous year's budget.

The Crime Commissioner plans to host a variety of events including public meetings, online meetings and online surveys.

'Part of the rationale for Police and Crime Commissioners was that they would represent the public and enable people to have a voice in policing. This why I am going directly to the people of Cumbria to get their views about the future funding of policing through their council tax payments.'

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Crash reconstruction closes Cumbrian road

A stretch of one of Cumbria's main roads was closed this morning, while police carried out a reconstruction of a fatal collision.

A motorist died on the A595 at Mealsgate in June after his car was involved in a crash with a lorry.

Drivers faced delays for around an hour this morning as officers examined the scene as part of their investigation into the crash.

Police reconstruct fatal A595 crash

The A595 at Mealsgate is currently closed for a reconstruction of a car crash that happened earlier this year.

Cumbria Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision that occurred on 3 June.

The reconstruction is of a crash that happened earlier this year Credit: ITV News

The road will be closed for short periods of time between 10 am and 12 pm, while the reconstruction takes place.

Motorists can still drive in the area, however police are advising that they should expect short delays.

Traffic queuing as the reconstruction takes place Credit: ITV News


Woman faces no criminal action after police info leak concerns

A woman who was arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct while working for Cumbria Police will face no criminal action.

Her arrest related to concerns that information had been leaked to the media relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner on 10 April 2013.

The 50-year-old woman remains suspended from work.

Police will now begin a misconduct investigation in relation to any believed internal breach of the force's code of conduct.

Report reveals details of former Chief Constable's expenditure

A report into the actions of Cumbria's former temporary Chief Constable has been made public.

Stuart Hyde returned to work last month after being cleared of misconduct.

More information about the investigation into his actions is now being published, following a freedom of information request.

In it, the accounts of around 50 witnesses have been made public.

The report goes into greater detail about Mr Hyde's use of a corporate credit card including thousands of pounds worth of unverified expenditure.

Stuart Hyde has been cleared of misconduct and is due to retire at the end of the year.