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Cumbria Police search for missing wild camper

Gary went missing from Wasdale Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are searching for a 47-year-old man who has gone missing after wild camping in Wasdale.

Gary Lupton left his parents on Wednesday the 20th May and arranged to meet up with them 2 days later at Wasdale Head on Friday 22nd May at 3pm, but he failed to turn up.

He is described as 5ft 10in tall, slim, with short mousy brown hair which is greying. He was wearing a black 3/4 length jacket, black trousers, a black long sleeved top with 2 zips on the front and a long sleeved grey t-shirt underneath. He was carrying 2 rucksacks worn on his back and front.

He is still believed to be wild camping alone on fells but could have travelled some distance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

Police warning for summer campers

Cumbria Police

Cumbria police are warning people to be aware of thieves when camping and caravanning this summer.

There have been a number of thefts in recent weeks, from cars left in rural areas.

Police say valuables left in tents and caravans can be even more vulnerable:

Cumbria is a very safe area, but that doesn’t mean that you should forget about securing your property while on holiday here.

Unfortunately there are professional, full-time criminals who know what people will have with them, they know where property will be, and they are very good at what they do.”

– South Cumbria Crime Prevention Officer Terry Belshaw

Cumbria Police have issued the following advice:

  • When you leave your tent, ensure you don’t leave any valuables inside
  • Make sure valuables are not left unattended in campsite communal areas
  • Be aware of where you are storing your bikes – make sure they are secure. Don’t just lock them to a small post where they can be easily lifted
  • Remember that your caravan / chalet isn’t as secure as your home – don’t leave valuables inside, or if this isn’t possible, don’t leave them on show
  • Lock the doors and windows of caravans / chalets

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Police hunt for birthday cards cash thief

Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police

Police are trying to trace this woman caught on CCTV camera after cash was stolen from sealed birthday cards.

At around 2.30pm on Thursday 9 April two women boarded the number 68 bus in Carlisle and one of them stole cash from the cards that had been left behind by a passenger.

The 68 bus runs between Upperby and Belle View via Carlisle city centre.

Anyone who recognises the woman or has information about the incident, should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 1315 Eddy Hope, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police
Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police

Police seize £100k worth of heroin

Police stopped a car on the M6 near Carlisle last night and seized a heroin haul with an estimated street value of £100,000.

The Vauxhall Vectra was pulled over at around 8.30pm last night.

A 27-year-old male and a 22-year-old female from Carlisle have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs and are currently helping police with their enquiries.

Police hunt Carlisle robbers

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Carlisle this afternoon (Sunday 26th April).

Police were called at around 3:45pm today with a report that there was a robbery at Foreways News, Food and Wine on Blackwell Road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Two people, believed to male, were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road. They were wearing blue boiler suits and balaclavas.

Anyone with any information, or saw people matching the above description, are urged to call Cumbria Police on 101.

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Investigation after birds killed in Carlisle

Crows were amongst the birds killed. Credit: PA

Police are investigating the killing of a number of birds in a part of Carlisle.

Crows, magpies and seagulls are amongst the birds that have been killed in the last few weeks, in the vicinity of Hebden Avenue, Carlisle:

I would like to take this opportunity to remind owners of air weapons of their responsibility. Airguns may be used only on land where the user has full permission to shoot. This may be your garden, or private land owned or leased by an individual or club. Remember, wherever you shoot, you must ensure that all of your pellets remain within the boundary of the land to which your shooting permission applies.

“It is illegal to shoot an airgun on any land, including common land, river banks, public land, recreation areas or playing fields and land covered by water, i.e. lakes, ponds, canals and rivers where you do not have full permission from the lands owner or its tenant. It is also illegal to fire an airgun closer than 50 feet (15 metres) from the centre of a public highway, bridleway or footpath, if your shooting causes upset or inconvenience to those using the highway.”

– PC Neil Crawshaw, Cumbria Police

Six arrested after drugs raids

Heroin and cannabis were recovered. Credit: PA

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, after police searched a number of properties in Carlisle.

The police executed the warrants late on 26 March, as part of an operation targeting drug supply.

Heroin and cannabis with an estimated street value of £200,000 was recovered.

The people arrested:

  • A 30-year-old man from Liverpool.
  • A 34-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 37-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 41-year-old woman from Carlisle.
  • A 46-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 51-year-old man from Carlisle.

Our advice to heroin users is do not suffer with heroin dependency alone. As well as your GP we have strong partners in the community who can assist with helping you.

Unity alcohol and drug recovery service can be contacted on 01228 882299 for the Carlisle area or 01768 861280 for the Penrith area. Cumbria Alcohol Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) which provides drug & alcohol services to individuals, family members & communities to support recovery can be contacted on 0300 111 4002.

Anyone with information into the supply of controlled drugs should contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hill
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