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Cumbria sees hate crime increase

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Cumbria Police recorded 50 hate crimes between July and September 2016.

That's an increase of 14 per cent on the previous three months.

Police forces in England and Wales can class five types of racially or religiously aggravated offences as hate crimes.

The 14 per cent rise in Cumbria was well below the national increase of 27 per cent.

Police team nominated for national award

Cumbria Police's finance team Credit: Cumbria Police

The finance team for Cumbria Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner has been nominated for a national award.

They are on the shortlist for the Team of the Year award in the Public Finance Innovation Awards 2017.

The winners will be announced in April.

“Over recent years, during a period of unprecedented financial challenge for the organisation, the finance team have been invaluable to the constabulary.

"The staff have sought to continue to deliver an effective policing service with ever decreasing resources."

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham


Controlled explosion planned after suspicious incident in Workington

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Cumbria Police say a controlled explosion will take place outside Workington Police Station after a suspicious incident involving a vehicle.

Bomb disposal experts are at the scene on Hall Brow.

The police say there is no threat to the public at this time, but the road has been closed and people are being asked to avoid the area.

John Woodcock MP: "Parents across the county will be alarmed' by report

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Responding to a report criticising Cumbria Police's child protection performance, Barrow & Furness MP John Woodcock said:

Parents across the county will be alarmed by the report's chilling examples of child sex victims who were not given proper protection from Cumbria police.

Similarly disturbing are the instances where there is no record of suspects of serious sexual offences being properly investigated.

The report did contain some examples of good practice and it is encouraging that Her Majesty's Inspectorate concluded Cumbria's police officers are clearly committed to protecting children and determined to turn the situation around.

But the multiple failures outlined by the HMIC are stark and point to horrible abuse going undetected and offenders going unpunished.

Rapid improvement is essential to safeguard our community - this already troubled police force must be placed under even greater scrutiny until these problems are fixed.

– John Woodcock MP


Cumbria Police 'needs to improve protection of vulnerable children'

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Cumbria Police needs to improve the protection it gives vulnerable children, according to the police watchdog.

A report published today by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says there's a lack of understanding of the extent of child sexual exploitation across the county.

The report also found the force is committed to making improvements.

Police searching for missing Egremont man recover body in River Ehen

David Hornsby Credit: Cumbria Police

Police searching for a missing man from Egremont in Cumbria have confirmed that a man’s body has been found in the River Eden at Egremont.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and enquires are ongoing but police do not believe the death to be suspicious.

David Hornsby was last seen on Beckgreen at approximately 2am on the 24th of December.

The police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Hornsby to get in touch. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.

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