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Police warn of opportunistic thefts during hot weather

Police are warning people to be vigilant when it comes to securing their homes while they are in the garden enjoying the warm weather.

The warning comes after a woman in Workington was robbed yesterday, Thursday 24 July, while she sunbathed in the garden.

Jewellery and a mobile phone were stolen from the property.

The police say leaving your door open for friends and family can also be an open invitation to opportunistic thieves and are reminding people to lock their front doors and close windows when they are outside.

If you see anyone behaving suspiciously, please report it to Cumbria Police on 101.

Public warned about computer scam

Cumbria Police are warning the public to be aware of bogus telephone calls from people claiming to be from major computer companies.

The callers' claim there is a problem and try to gain access to the computer or even ask the home owner for money.

The advice is that if you've not reported a fault, don't allow anyone to remote access your computer. And if you have any doubts, just hang up the phone.

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Crime figures 'need to be seen in context'

In a report released today, Cumbria Police have been praised for managing their finances.

According to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the force is on course to meet all its targets.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner said that, while violent crime was up and domestic violence is still a problem, he suggested that those figures need to be seen in context.

Crime Commissioner supports Hate Crime workshops

Hate Crime Workshops in Cumbria have been given support by they county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes

The workshops are lead by AWAZ Cumbria together with Cumbria Constabulary, OutREACH and Cumbria Disability Network and aim to give training to managers, front line staff, volunteers and community representatives across Cumbria.

“Unfortunately, hate crime happens in our county and we need to have consistency across key agencies in the county to support those people affected.

“The training will bring people together across a spectrum of agencies to gain a better understanding of the impact of hate crime on victims and the wider community. As well as a better understanding of how partner agencies deal with hate crime so that an improved service can support victims going forward.

“I would urge people to come forward and report hate crime. Only by us all working together can we make a difference.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Cumbria Police 'on course' to meet savings target

In a report released today, Cumbria Police have been praised for managing their finances.

According to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the force is on course to meet all its targets, including savings of nearly £5m over the next two years.

Overall, Cumbria Police is aiming to save £16.6m by 2018.

Inspectors also noted that the force has a higher level of victim satisfaction than other forces across the country for the past year.

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Woman in a 'stable condition' after police car crash

A 28-year-old woman is in a 'stable condition' after she was involved in a crash with a police car.

The incident happened between Outrigg, St Bees and Grove Road, Egremont at about 6pm on Monday, 21 July.

The woman's black VW Golf collided with a Cumbria Police vehicle as it was responding to an emergency.

The 28-year-old driver of the police vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Whitehaven Hospital.

The woman was taken by ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary.

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene, and are investigating the full circumstances surrounding the collision.

Cumbria Police praised for financial management

Cumbria Police have been praised by police investigators for managing their finances
Cumbria Police have been praised by police investigators for managing their finances Credit: ITV Border

In a report released today, Cumbria Police have been praised by police investigators for managing their finances.

The force is on target to meet all of its targets - including having to make savings of nearly £5m over the next two years.

Junction of A595 closed due to crash

The road at the junction of the A595 and the B5305 is closed due to a road traffic collision.

Police were called to the scene at 1:14pm today, Thursday 17 July, after a crash between a car and a motorcycle.

Emergency services are dealing with the incident and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

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