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The search is on for Cumbria's first ever female police officer

Cumbria police are looking to trace the first female officer in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

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.

“From some initial research we believe the earliest appointment may have been a Dorothy Mary Dixon, who served from 22nd January 1949 – 13th August 1960.

"Maybe someone knows who she is? Or knows of an earlier female officer in Cumbria? We’d love to hear from you!"

– Detective Superintendent Cath Thundercloud

Drop in Cumbria drink drivers

2,687 people were tested as part of the month long campaign Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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 statistic I would like to highlight it that, whilst the number of driver caught under the influence dropped, the number of people failing a test following a collision increased.

"This is proof that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the likelihood of a collision.

"In 2015 we will continue to target drink and drug drivers as part of our work to make Cumbria's roads safer"

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley


Former employee of Cumbria Constabulary sentenced for fraud and theft

Mr McFadden was working for Cumbria Constabulary at the time of the offences Credit: PA

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.

“We are committed to serving and protecting the public and it is vital that our communities have trust and confidence in Cumbria Constabulary.

“We expect the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and conduct from all police staff at all times.

"We take any allegations of dishonesty very seriously and our Professional Standards Department will investigate any complaint thoroughly and impartially, and take action where appropriate."

– DCI Michelle Skeer

Cuts to Cumbria Constabulary

There will be 155 fewer frontline officers by 2019 Credit: PA

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%.

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
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