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Increasing concern for missing Carlisle man

Police have released CCTV images of the man. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man from Carlisle who's been missing for nearly a fortnight.

Caspar Capel, 43, was last seen at Eden Housing, Penrith, on Wednesday 14 January 2015.

It's believed he may be in the Brampton or Penrith area.

He's described as white, of slim build, with short black hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with green coloured sleeves, black trousers and a flat cap.

“It has now been nearly a fortnight since Mr Capel went missing, and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“I would encourage anyone who may have seen Mr Capel to get in touch with any information they may have. I would also urge Mr Capel if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe and well.”

– Sgt Grant Stevens, Cumbria Constabulary

Police cuts under the spotlight

Frontline officers will be reduced by 14 percent. Credit: ITV Border

Proposals to cut more than a hundred and fifty police officers in Cumbria will come under the spotlight today.

The county's police and crime panel - made up of local councillors - will discuss the plan with the county's Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner.

The force is considering the move because it's facing cuts of £10.8 million to its budget.


Police investigation after Carlisle accident

Cumbria Police are investigating after a road accident led to a man from Carlisle being hospitalised with serious injuries.

The 38-year-old was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after the collision on Denton Street near to Mitchell Dryers, at around 8pm on 18 December.

Witnesses report that the man was being chased by a group of people when he ran into the road, and was hit by a Renault Megan.

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm. They include a 44-year-old woman, and three men aged 18, 21 and 23.

They are all from the Carlisle area and have been bailed until Wednesday 4 March 2015.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or noticed anything suspicious prior to it occurring to get in touch.

The victim was released from hospital last week and thankfully he is recovering as this could have been much more severe.

Any information, no matter how insignificant you may deem it, could assist in our investigation.”

– Detective Constable Adam Braniff

Police investigate sex assualt

Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault that occurred on a bus travelling from Workington to Penrith on Friday 5th December 2014.

The alleged offence took place on the X4 Stagecoach bus at some time between 1pm and 3pm.

Enquiries are at an early stage and the exact circumstances are still being established.

The victim, a female in her twenties from the local area, is being supported by trained officers.

She was sitting to the rear of the coach at the time of the assault.

“We appeal to anyone who may have any information to get in touch.

The offender was known to the victim and we are trying to establish what has happened.

We appeal especially to those who may have been on the bus at this time.”

– DC Jessica Edgar

Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious, is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to DC Jessica Edgar.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

CCTV images released following charity box investigation

CCTV image of a man police want to speak to in connection with this incident. Credit: Cumbria Police

CCTV images have been released as part of an investigation into the theft of a charity box from the Clydsedale Bank on English Street.

The theft occurred at approximately 9.30am on Thursday 27th November where a man stole a yellow Eden Valley Hospice charity box.

The man walked into the bank and after spotting the charity box, he proceeded to conceal it inside a carrier bag. The man subsequently made off from the bank with the box, which held an unknown amount of money.

CCTV image of a man police want to speak to in connection with this incident. Credit: Cumbria Police

“We would like to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV images in connection with this theft. It is saddening that someone would steal money that was donated by members of the public in good faith. We appeal to anyone who recognises him to make contact, any information provided could be crucial to our investigation.”

– PC Gavin Muir


Workington man charged with rape

A man from Workington has been charged following a police investigation into an allegation of rape in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day.

Daniel Grierson, 19, from Moorfield Avenue, Workington, appeared at West Allerdale Magistrates Court this morning, charged with rape.

He was remanded in custody.

The victim was a 20 year old woman from Workington.

The Police are continuing to appeal for the lady from the Ashfield / Moorclose area, who helped the victim, to come forward.

The victim called at her house in a distressed state in the early hours of the morning on the 1st January, where the lady helped her and drove her to the Fisher Street area.

Detectives believe that she could help the investigation and would like her to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Workington CID.

Police looking for Good Samaritan

The police are looking for a Good Samaritan. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police want to speak to a Good Samaritan, who helped a woman in the early hours of the morning on New Year's Day.

The woman went to a house in the Ashfield / Moorclose area of Workington, where she was helped by another woman, who then drove her to the Fisher Street area of Workington.

The Police think this lady may be able to help them with their investigation and would like her to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an Officer quoting reference 161.

Woman charged following Cleator Moor stabbing

A woman has been charged with wounding with intent after a reported stabbing of a man on Sunday 28 December.

Vicky Rudd, aged 36, of High Street, Cleator Moor, was arrested after police were called to an incident in the area at 7:11pm.

A 28-year-old local woman was also arrested, but has since been released with no further action to be taken.

The man, aged 39, from Cleator Moor, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with serious injuries.

Rudd will next appear at West Cumbria Magistrates Court on Tuesday 30th December 2014.

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