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Police release CCTV images following an assault in Workington

Police are investigating an assault that happened at a McDonalds in Workington.

It happened on Sunday 2nd November at around 2:50am when a man, aged 18 from Cockermouth, was punched in the face.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with this incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police.

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

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Police appeal for witnesses following burglaries in Kendal

Police in Kendal are investigating two burglaries at properties in the town late last week and over the weekend.

The first report was at Wray Crescent where intruders entered an unoccupied property between 5.00pm on Thursday 27th November and 4.00pm on Friday 28th November. A search of the property was made but nothing has appeared to have been stolen.

The second report concerns an address at Horncop Lane, Kendal, where a window at the rear of the house was found smashed at around 11.30am on Sunday 30th November. A set of brass weighing scales and other small brass ornaments were stolen.

“We advise home owners and those looking after properties for others to be vigilant with security and the checks they conduct. Burglary offences are not a regular occurrence in Kendal but at this time of year in particular opportunist crime can be prevented by being more security conscious."

– Detective Sergeant Mike Wallace

Cumbria Police launch Stop and Search Scheme

Stop and Search Scheme launched in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border News

Cumbria Constabulary have fully launched the Government’s Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme.

The voluntary scheme, which was announced by the Home Secretary in April, is part of a range of measures that will contribute to a reduction in the overall use of stop and search, lead to better and more intelligence-led stop and searches and more effective outcomes.

Thirty-five forces, including Cumbria Constabulary, will be implementing all aspects of the scheme to:

  • increase transparency by recording all outcomes of stop and search and whether there is a connection between the grounds for the search and the outcome;
  • restrict the use of Section 60 “no suspicion” powers;
  • give members of the public the opportunity to observe stop and search in practice;and
  • introduce a community complaints trigger – ensuring that complaints are properly monitored and scrutinised.

“Stop and search powers are vital in the fight against crime when used correctly. However, they must be applied fairly and only when needed – and in a way that builds community confidence rather than undermining it."

– Home Secretary Theresa May

“Cumbria Constabulary has made great strides in the past 18 months to increase the effectiveness of our stop and search encounters, this scheme will help us strengthen this improvement. It will also make data and the stop search processes more available to the public of Cumbria. This county remains one of the safest places to live and the use of our stop & search powers needs to be both proportionate, but effective.

If the grounds are there to stop people, we will continue to robustly use this power to keep the residents of this county safe, and reduce both crime and anti-social behaviour."

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

Cumbria police praised in annual report

Cumbria Constabulary has been praised in the new annual programme of police force inspections.

The Peel Assessments report on how well each force in England and Wales tackles crime and anti-social behaviour and provides value for money. The force was found to be good at reducing crime and preventing offending, good at investigating offending and good at tackling anti-social behaviour.

The force was also found to be achieving its required level of efficiency and savings and protecting the front line.

130 firearms recovered in amnesty

More than one hundred firearms have been handed in to Cumbria Constabulary following a county-wide amnesty.

It ran from 10th November to the 21st November and followed a change to firearm legislation.

It gave people a chance to hand in unwanted or unlawfully held firearms, replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique firearms, component parts and other ballistic items.

The items included:

  • Pistol 13
  • Shotgun 37
  • Air Weapon 36
  • Ammunition 11
  • Rifle 15
  • Revolver 2
  • Other 16

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Dating website users: 'Do the right thing'

Cumbria Police is advising people to 'do the right thing' when meeting someone from a dating website. Credit: PA

People who use dating websites are being warned to act appropriately when meeting in someone in person.

It's a part of a hard hitting campaign by Cumbria Police warning potential violent or sexual offenders to 'do the right thing' or face the consequences.

Police in north Cumbria have received five reports of sexual offences since the start of September, which refer to casual dating and meeting websites.

Within these reports have been incidents where 12-year-olds have pretended to be over 18-years-old and engaged in sexual discussions.

“Social dating sites have featured in a number of investigations regarding rape and sexual assaults in recent weeks. Men and women are talking to complete strangers and then meeting up in person – sometimes with very different intentions

These type of websites and apps are a popular way of meeting people, however there is always a strong element of risk when meeting up with a stranger you have met online. My message is that if you are meeting up with someone for the first time that, no matter how sexual your conversations may have been, you should never force your expectations on that person. If someone is uncomfortable or unwilling, or too intoxicated to fully consent, there is no excuse for continuing. Anything less than a ‘yes’ is a ‘no’.

I would also encourage people who are meeting someone that they have spoken to online to make sure that someone knows where you are, to meet in a public place, and take other reasonable measures to keep yourself safe.”

– DI Colin Ritchie, Cumbria Police

With Christmas around the corner and many children receiving new gadgets, parents are urged to be aware of the dangers of the internet.

Further appeal for witnesses to Carlisle burglary

On Monday 17th November, two men wearing balaclavas entered a house on The Nook, Belah Crescent, and stole money and jewellery. Credit: ITV Border

As investigations continue into an aggravated burglary in Carlisle, police are asking for witnesses to help trace the suspects.

On Monday 17th November, two men wearing balaclavas entered a house on The Nook, Belah Crescent, and stole money and jewellery.

  • Anyone who may have seen two men in dark clothing at, or around, a driveway between 167 and 177 Scotland Road, between 5pm and 6pm on 17th November.
  • · Anyone who can provide details of a Ford Flatback pick-up truck which was seen heading into Carlisle twice, going past between 167 and 177 Scotland Road at both 4:50pm and 5pm, and then out of town at 6pm. Police are also asking for the driver of that vehicle to make contact with the police as they may have information that could be of use to the investigation.
  • Appeal for the driver of a silver Landrover, which was coming out of the junction of Beechwood Avenue, Carlisle, and turning right onto Scotland Road at 6:55pm, to make contact as they may be a valuable witness just after the burglary.

“I would like to thank the public for their help in this investigation so far, and I hope someone will be able to help us trace the suspects by providing this valuable information. As previously stated these type of incidents are thankfully rare in Cumbria, and the victims continue to be supported by their family, and are in close contact with our officers.”

– DS Ginelle Ward, Cumbria Police

Cross border crackdown stops travelling criminals

70 cars were stopped in Cumbria and 139 were stopped overall. Credit: Operation Checkpoint

70 vehicles have been stopped in Cumbria as part of a joint police operation across the north of England.

The operation saw more than 80 officers from North Yorkshire, Durham, Cleveland, Cumbria and Northumbria Police which ran from 3pm to 1am on 25th November. 139 vehicles overall were stopped and cash and drugs were seized from other counties.

Police investigations suggest that organised crime groups are targeting rural areas, moving across county borders in the north of England to steal goods, predominantly from rural communities.

Also in Cumbria, a suspected stolen quad bike was recovered near the Scottish Borders, five stop and searches were carried out, there was one mobile phone offence and advice was given to three motorists around use of lights and seat belt.

Five stop and searches were carried out in Cumbria also. Credit: Operation Checkpoint
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