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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%.

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
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