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Concern for missing blind man

Cumbria police say they are "extremely concerned" for the safety of a 51 year old man who's gone missing from a residential home in west Cumbria.

Ashley Malcolm Hetherington, 51, hasn't been seen since 09:30 on Thursday 20th November. He went to shop at Asda in Workington but failed to return to the Dales Residential Home in Maryport.

The police say he suffers from epilepsy and does not have his medication with him.

He is registered blind and walks with a white stick. Anyone who sees him is asked to contact the police.

Police praise community support during 2009 floods

Colleagues of PC Bill Barker have been remembering him, five years after his death.

The father of four died when the Northside Bridge in Workington collapsed during the floods of 2009. Those on duty at the time say the support of the public helped them deal with the county-wide emergency, and the death of a friend.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson is from Cumbria Police:

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Man robbed at knifepoint in Carlisle

The incident took place to the rear Lord Street, Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

An armed robbery, which took place in Carlisle on Monday 10th November, is being investigated by police.

At approximately 4.50pm a local man was walking alone across the car park to the rear of Lord Street. He was approached by a male who demanded cash whilst another male appeared to keep watch.

The male who made the demands had a large kitchen knife. The victim handed over cash before the suspects made off and were last seen in the area of St Nicholas Street.

They took with them the cash, along with a red cloth bag with the word ‘Cranstons’ written on the side containing a Tupperware box and a blue-coloured glasses case containing gold-framed reading glasses. The victim was left shaken but unhurt.

One of the suspects is described as:

  • A white male
  • Aged in his late teens to early twenties
  • Dark coloured short hair
  • Wearing a light grey coloured tracksuit with a dark coloured body-warmer, black scarf and trainers.

The other suspect is described as:

  • A white male
  • Aged in his late teens to early twenties
  • Wearing a dark coloured hooded top with red coloured patches on the elbows, with the hood pulled over his head.
  • Also wearing dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Cumbria Police are appealing for any witnesses to this crime, specifically any witnesses to the robbery itself or information as to any sightings of the two suspects who match the descriptions above.

Carlisle assault - CCTV released

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CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to speak to in connection with an assault in Carlisle.

Cumbria Police say he may be able to assist with an investigation into an assault, which happened in the early hours of Wednesday 5th November 2014.

At around 12:15am on Allenbrook Road, Rosehill Industrial Estate, a vulnerable man aged 45-years-old was attacked and suffered significant facial injuries.

Anyone who recognises the individual or has any information about the incident should contact Cumbria Police.

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Police and hotels target sex abuse

Cumbria Police are warning sexual offenders who prey on children that they will be caught as they launch a new initiative targeting child sexual exploitation in the county's hotels. 185 cases were reported last year which resulted in a number of arrests and convictions.

It's part of a national campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation. Working with partners including the NSPCC and Cumbrian Tourism, the aim is to raise awareness of the problem and educate hotel staff.

Kim Inglis reports.

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Computers accessed in new phone scam

Cumbria Police are advising people to be wary of suspicious telephone calls Credit: PA

People are being warned again bogus telephone calls from people claiming they are from Talk Talk, in order to gain access to computers.

Cumbria Police say they had a complaint from a member of the public, from the Carlisle area, who received a telephone call from people claiming to be from Talk Talk.

During the call they were advised that there was a virus on their personal computer and were then talked through how to allow the caller to have remote access to the computer. They were then asked for their bank details in order to receive a rebate.

In scams such as these sometimes money is asked for, but not always. Either way, once people have access to your computer they can find passwords and bank details.

“I would urge people across Cumbria to be wary of this type of call. These people can be very convincing, particularly to those who may not know a lot about computers.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should be cautious of anyone who makes contact with them – whether it is in relation to computers, financial accounts, charities, or offers to buy/sell. Don’t allow anyone you don’t trust access to your personal information or your computer.

My advice is to shut down, hang up, or close the door, to anyone you do not know. It isn’t rude – it is a sensible way to keep safe."

– Community Safety Officer for North Cumbria, Claire Stevens

Anyone who has any concerns or would like further advice can contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team or visit www.actionfraud.org.uk

Safeguarding Cumbria's children

Cumbria Police have warned sexual offenders who prey on children that they will be prosecuted as part of a new initiative targeting the county's hotels.

It's part of a national campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation. Working with partners including the NSPCC and Cumbrian hoteliers, the aim is to raise awareness of the problem and educate hotel staff.

Drive to halt child sexual exploitation in Cumbrian hotels

Cumbria Police are working with Cumbria Tourism and local hotels to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Part of the drive aims to encourage people to recognise the signs that something may be wrong. In the past year there were 185 cases reported in Cumbria.

Officers are training hotel staff across the county to recognise where human trafficking and child sexual exploitation may be taking place. New legislation means hoteliers can now be prosecuted for allowing CSE to take place on their premises.

Possible indications to look out for:

  • Young male or female checking in with significantly older man or men.
  • Multiple adults and young people checking into rooms
  • A person looking fearful, nervous, withdrawn, uncomfortable
  • Frequent visitors who do not appear to have a reason to be in the hotel
  • Last minute/walk in bookings
  • Adult refusing to leave credit card imprint and paying cash
  • Individuals who appear to be monitoring public areas
  • High traffic to hotel room
  • Guests arriving and asking for specific room number without knowing name in which room was booked
  • Guests who don't want their room visited or cleaned

Industrial incident in Workington

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Credit: ITV Border

There's been a major industrial incident in Workington after a man was trapped under a pallet at a joinery firm in Workington.

An air ambulance and several other vehicles from the emergency services responded to the incident at Howden's Joinery at the Clay Flatts Industrial Estate.

The accident happened shortly after 1.30pm.

People are asked to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the incident. Police say there is no risk to members of the public.

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