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Smart new move by Cumbria Police

One of the new devices officers in Cumbria will be using Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Constabulary is swapping paper for a modern alternative.

For more than 150 years police officers have used notebooks and pencils for logging incident details.

But from today, all the Force's frontline officers will be equipped with hand-held Smart Devices for recording information and assisting with their duties.

Man jailed for six years over indecent child images

David Robinson Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

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.

This prosecution reflects the serious nature of the images which Mr Robinson was viewing and distributing.

Images of this nature have been created via the suffering and abuse of children and they are criminal offences."

– Detective Inspector Doug Marshall


Police hunt man after scratch cards stolen

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

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.

Cumbria Constabulary claim numbers add up

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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.

"Every year we have around 78 people leave the organisation through retirement or move into other organisations or jobs.

"Alongside that we have internal promotions so we're continually have to bring new talent into the organisation."

– Steve Johnson, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable

New recruits needed by cop-cutting police force

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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".


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%.

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