Human trafficking, labour exploitation and modern-day slavery were all issues addressed by Cumbria Police at a special event in Carlisle.
Over two hundred community leaders, social workers and police officers were at Carlisle racecourse to find out more about spotting the signs for slavery and human trafficking in our region.
Jessica Nevin spoke to the Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall and Detective Chief Inspector Lesley Hanson to find out more on what can be done locally:
Cumbria Police say they have "robust systems in place" to police local events, after last night's terror attack in Manchester.
A number of high-profile concerts and events are taking place in Cumbria over the summer months, including a Little Mix concert.
The force has declined ITV Border's request for interviews, but has now released the following statement:
The thoughts of all officers and staff at Cumbria Constabulary are with all those affected by last night’s events in Manchester.
Our officers and staff will do all they can to support colleagues at Greater Manchester Police and assist with the investigation as and when required.
Public safety, as always, remains our priority. We will continue to work closely with our communities to help us make Cumbria a safe place to live, work and visit, and ask people to let us know if they have any suspicions.
We have robust systems in place for policing events and work with organisers to prioritise the safety of attendees.
There is no place for hate crime in our country, and in Cumbria, and it will not be tolerated.
A freedom of information request by ITV Border has revealed that the number of incidents with a mental health marker reported to police increased by nearly 30% between 2014 and 2016.
There were 9716 incidents reported overall:
- 01 January - 31 December 2014: 2845 incidents
- 01 January - 31 December 2015: 3198 incidents
- 01 January - 31 December 2016: 3673 incidents
Incidents with a mental health marker include situations where the person in question is considered to have a mental health issue.
A multi-agency crisis assessment service (MACAS) was formed in March 2017, bringing together police and mental health professionals to ensure people with mental health issues receive the support they require, rather than being put in a prison cell or sent to A&E.
Cumbria Police say the service is proving to be successful.
Cumbria Police are urging residents in Longtown to be vigilant, following a number of recent thefts from vehicles in the area.
Between 28th April and 3rd May, police say they have received six reports of thefts and want to ensure people lock their doors and windows to help prevent further incidents.
Vehicles can be seen as an easy target for criminals as cars may have items left in glove compartments or in boots and some people leave tools in vans overnight.
As well as locking doors and windows being locked, making sure nothing of value is left in your car or van overnight is a simple, but effective, method of ensuring your possessions aren’t stolen.
Also consider where you are parking your vehicle. Criminals tend to operate in quieter areas where visibility is reduced. If you have a garage use it, if you don’t ensure alarms and immobilisers are set.
It only takes seconds for someone to come along and open the door and make off with your belongings.
Police have uploaded security advice on their website and are calling for anyone with information on these incidents to get in touch.
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Cumbria Police will be holding event for those interested in joining the force as Special Constables.
It will take place on Wednesday 19th of April at 6pm at Barrow Police Station.
Senior police officers, current serving Special Constables and HR staff will be in attendance to provide more information on the recruitment process.
Special Constables play a vital role in fighting crime, making our streets safe and working for the benefit of the community in which they live.
The role is incredibly rewarding and flexible depending on your skills and availability.
I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in being a Special Constable to come long to this month’s event to find out more.
Special Constables are part-time, volunteer Police Officers, who perform the same duties and wear the same uniform as their regular counterparts.
They spend a minimum of four hours a week (16 hours a month) supporting their police colleagues to tackle crime in their communities.
There is currently no deadline date for applications.
Cumbria Police is looking for new community support officers.
PCSOs are uniformed staff who support police in communities across the county, often dealing with issues like antisocial behaviour and public reassurance.
Applications are open until Monday 10 April.
Police Community Support Officers carry out a vital role in the Constabulary. It is a uniquely interesting and rewarding position which is well-suited to people who have a genuine interest in working hard to improve the community.
Ideal applicants will be out-going and able to work closely with police officers and partners to overcome problems.
It is a challenging role where no two days will ever be the same. But if you are looking for a career change where you can really make a difference, this may well be the job for you.
A man has been arrested after a 31-year-old was stabbed in Workington.
Cumbria Police were called on Friday afternoon to reports of an assault taking place inside a property at Firth View Walk.
Officers arrived and found a man who had suffered a suspected stab wound to the back. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to Preston Hospital by air ambulance.
An 18-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He remains in police custody.
The injured man remains in hospital today. However, his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Nobody else is being sought in relation to this incident.
Anyone who has information about what happened who has yet to come forward is asked to call Cumbria Constabulary on 101 quoting incident number 168 of 24 March 2017.
Cumbria Police asking for the public’s help finding a missing woman from Millom.
Olena Natalie Francis Tong, 24, was last seen in Seascale at around 7pm on Friday and officers are concerned for her welfare.
She is described as being around 5ft 1ins tall, pale and of a slim build. She has dyed-red shoulder-length hair, blue eyes and wears glasses.
Police say she may be wearing a black leather jacket with a fur trim, black leggings and grey boots. She has a scaffold/bar piercing in the top of an ear, has an Arabic tattoo on her neck and a roses tattoo on her hip.
It is believed she is driving a black Vauxhall Corsa, registration PX64 UGE
Anyone with information on where she may be or who has information which may assist officers is asked to call Cumbria Constabulary immediately on 101.
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