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Police: burglars from North West targeting Keswick

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Cumbria Police believe burglars from the Liverpool and Manchester areas could be targeting Cumbrian towns... in particular Keswick.

The warning comes following two attempted burglaries in the county.

On Saturday 29 August, at around 10:50am, a man from Portinscale, Keswick, heard footsteps coming from upstairs in his home.

When he went to check the source of the noise, he discovered a male intruder.

When challenged, the man claimed to have been looking for his B&B.

He's described as white, in his late 40s/early 50s, well-tanned, around 5ft 7”, clean shaven, wearing two jackets and a brown leather/suede flat cap. He spoke with a Liverpool accent.

There was a similar incident in the Kendal area on Monday 24 August at around 11:30am. Nothing was stolen in either of the break-ins.

We have reason to believe that individuals from the Liverpool and/or Manchester areas are targeting the Keswick area for burglaries. We believe that they are targeting both private homes and hotels/B&Bs during daylight hours for sneak-in burglaries – when confronted they may claim to be tourists looking for their accommodation.

I would urge people in the local area to make sure they lock their doors and windows, and not give anyone the opportunity to sneak in to their property unaware."

– DC Martin Hodgson

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Police to use aerial drones

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Cumbria Police have a new weapon in their fight against crime.

Officers are now able to deploy two remote-controlled aerial drones to help collect evidence and carry out surveillance.

The Force says drones have proved highly effective when used by police in other parts of the country.

Police search for man in connection with drugs find

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Police appeal for members of the public to keep an eye out for John Atkinson as they try to determine his whereabouts.

They're asking for anyone with information to come forward.

The 34 year old, is wanted in connection with the discovery of a substantial amount of drugs found at a property on Westway, Barrow-in-Furness, on 31 July.

It is believed that he is in the Egremont area.

Detective Constable Cheryl Smith from Cumbria Police said:

We would like to speak to Mr Atkinson at the first possible opportunity in connection with this incident.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has any information that could assist our investigation, please get in touch. Also I would like to appeal directly to Mr Atkinson, if you hear or see this appeal please contact police.

Information on any vehicles Atkinson is using would be also helpful to our enquiries.”

– Detective Constable Cheryl Smith, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

WATCH: Maryport fire is suspected arson

Police are treating a major fire at a farmhouse near Maryport as arson.

The blaze broke out at Ewanrigg Hall on Sunday evening and more than twenty firefighters spent several hours battling the flames.

Nobody was inside the grade two listed building at the time.

Cumbria Police believe the fire may have been started deliberately and are appealing for information.

Video courtesy of Jamie Cartwright

Growing concern for missing Carlisle man

Cumbria Police are growing increasingly concerned for a 27-year-old man who was last seen in the London Road area of Carlisle.

Richard Whiskin was last seen at 2.45pm on Thursday August 20th.

He is described as a white male, of slim build, 5ft 9 – 6ft tall, with brown eyes, brown hair which is currently shaven on the back and sides, distinctive sideburns and facial hair.

He has a piercing in his eyelid and his nose and was last seen wearing a navy blue waterproof jacket, dark coloured jeans and blue Adidas trainers.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Whiskin to call Cumbria Police on 101.

If Mr Whiskin sees this appeal he is also asked to let Police know he is safe and well.

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Man assaulted in Workington

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Police are investigating an assault on Oxford Street, Workington, earlier this morning.

The assault took place arond 6am when a Workington man was walking along Oxford Road.

He was thrown to the ground, punched and kicked, suffering minor injuries.

The suspect is described as being a white male, aged in his mid-twenties, of small build with short dark hair.

Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin from Cumbria Police said:

We require the public’s help in tracing who is responsible for this alleged unprovoked attack. If you were in the vicinity of Oxford Road at this time, we would like to hear from you.

The victim suffered minor injuries but is understandably shaken by this incident.”

– Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101

Lorry crashes into house

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The A69 in Cumbria has been closed this morning after a lorry crashed into a house, strewing masonry and debris across the carriageway.

It happened just after 3am at the crossroads in Corby Hill, next to the Brampton Medical Practice.

Police confirmed that the driver of the truck escaped serious injury.

The truck came to rest in the front garden of the house involved.

The road has remained closed as clear up work is carried out and diversions have now been set up between junction 43 of the M6 and the A689 at Brampton.

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