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38 people charged over "Cash for Crash" offences

Cumbria Police have charged 38 people from across the county with "Cash for Crash" insurance fraud offences. Officers investigated numerous people for conspiring to defraud motor insurance companies for collisions that allegedly occurred in the county between 2010 and 2014.

Among the 38, Sarah Kidd, 33, from Carlisle, has been summoned to court for a connected offence of money laundering.

The investigation was a joint operation between Cumbria Police, the Motor Insurance Bureau and the Crown Prosecution Service.

All 38 people are expected appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court on 28th July 2015 in connection with these offences.

CCTV appeal: vandals damage school

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Police are investigating after a school was vandalised in Kendal on 26 May.

Around £2,000 worth of damage was caused on the roof of Queen Katherine’s School on Appleby Road at around 6pm.

Cumbria police want to identify the men in this CCTV image in connection with the incident.

Anyone who recognises them, is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police dealing with 'ongoing incident' in Carlisle

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Motorists are facing long delays on and around one of the main roads into Carlisle as police deal with an ongoing incident.

Officers were called just before 2pm today to a property on Orchard Street, just off London Road, following concerns for the safety and welfare of a local man.

A cordon is in place and Orchard Street, Edward Street, Flower Street and Garden Street are closed. Police ask that members of the public avoid the area.

Traffic delays likely as slow-moving load travels through Cumbria

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Motorists in Cumbria are being warned to expect delays tomorrow morning when a slow-moving abnormal load travels through the county.

The wind turbine generator will leave Tebay via the M6 northbound at 9am and travel to junction 40 at Penrith.

It's then due to head west along the A66, to the A595 and on to Branthwaite Road, Workington.

Police say the load is likely to disrupt traffic and drivers should plan extra time for their journeys.

To keep up to date with the situation on Cumbria roads visit: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic.

Third male arrested in Carlisle murder investigation

Cumbria Police have arrested a third male, 16, in connection with the murder of 14-year-old Jordan Watson.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, from Carlisle remain in police custody.

The body of Jordan Watson was discovered on Tuesday morning at the Upperby Cemetery in Carlisle. It has since reopened.

As the murder investigation continues, Police are asking anyone with information to contact North Cumbria CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Schoolboy, 14, identified in Carlisle murder investigation

Carlisle schoolboy Jordan Watson, 14, was found dead at Upperby Cemetery after what police have described as a 'savage and brutal' attack.

A post mortem examination has identified the cause of death as multiple wounds to the head and neck made with a sharp instrument.

“Jordan has lost his life as a result of a savage and brutal attack which has shocked the officers working on the case.

"For a child to die in these circumstances in Carlisle is appalling. The offender or offenders must be apprehended and I appeal to any members of the public with information to come forward.

"If anybody heard or saw anything unusual in the area of the cemetery on Manor Road overnight, I would urge them to report it to our incident room.”

– Detective Superintendent Andrew Slattery

Cumbria Police have increased patrols across Carlisle as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from North Cumbria CID.

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'We need to look at how we work and work differently'

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Cumbria's new Assistant Chief Constable has admitted government funding cuts mean the force faces challenges.

But Darren Martland, who has transferred from Merseyside Police, insists Cumbria Constabulary will be able to do more for less.

He says officers will need to embrace new policing methods in the future.

I think the main thing for us is that we need to look at how we work and work differently.

"For example, Cumbria Constabulary has made a huge investment in technology and is using technology for the best effect - providing support for victims and witnesses and tackling criminality."

– Darren Martland, Assistant Chief Constable Cumbria
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