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Consultation on anti-social behaviour sanctions in Cumbria

People in Cumbria are being asked how offenders of certain low level crime and anti-social behaviour should be dealt with.

From this autumn victims of this type of crime will have a say in the sanction given to the offender by the police from a list of Community Remedy options.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, Richard Rhodes, has today launched a consultation period which asks people in the county for their input of what the options should be.

Some of the ideas to tackling disorder include victims meeting offenders, and offenders repairing damage to property.

“Putting victims at the heart of all our work is something that I have advocated from day one, and I welcome the opportunity to engage with people on the Community Remedy options to reinforce this commitment.

“I would urge as many people as possible take the chance to have their say on this important change by completing the questionnaire."

– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Have your say. Complete the Community Remedy questionnaire.

Following the consultation, Mr Rhodes will draw up the Community Remedy document and agree it with the Chief Constable, before it is published in October.

Workington teenager missing

Kai Cartwright, 16.
Kai Cartwright, 16. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are appealing for information about a missing 16-year-old boy from the Workington area.

Kai Cartwright was last seen on Alexander Close, Workington, at 9:20pm on Tuesday 19 August.

Kai was wearing a dark coloured Adidas hooded top with three blue stripes on the arms, dark jogging bottoms, and black footwear. He is about 5ft 9 " tall, of slim build with short dyed blonde hair and has a diamond earring in his left ear.

Anyone with any information are asked to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101.


Police and Crime Commissioner holds surgery

Today's surgery was one of seven being held across the county
Today's surgery was one of seven being held across the county Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has been holding a public surgery today, Wednesday 20 August, in Penrith.

Most people have spoken to him about issues like neighbourly disputes
Most people have spoken to him about issues like neighbourly disputes Credit: ITV News Border

Richard Rhodes say the surgeries allow locals a chance to highlight their concerns about policing in the county.

He's holding another surgery in Carlisle tomorrow, followed by ones in Maryport, Kendal, and Alston.

Man charged in connection with racially offensive tweets

A 22-year-old man has been cautioned in connection with racial harassment following tweets aimed at a Carlisle United football player.

The tweets were published on the Wednesday, 12 February. It's believed they were directed at United defender Courtney Meppen-Walter.

Police traced the tweets to man from the Lincolnshire area. The man was interviewed and subsequently cautioned.

“Cumbria Constabulary wishes to reassure the general public that we will not tolerate any such comments on social media platforms and will actively investigate any such behaviour.

“Just because something is published online or on social media does not mean it as treated any less seriously as if it were said to a person’s face.”

– PC Stuart Brownrigg, Cumbria Police

Anyone who feels they are a victim of harassment online is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.


Investigation launched after man dies at Sellafield

An investigation has been launched after the sudden death of a man at Sellafield.

It is unclear exactly how the man died, but police have said that they do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

Cumbria Police were called to the nuclear plant just after 10am yesterday, Monday 18 August.

The man died while working in a non-radiological area of the site

Lost walkers urged to keep in touch with emergency services

Police and Cumbria Mountain Rescue Teams are asking people to be considerate and make sure those who call for help, let the services know if they get to safety themselves.

At about 3pm on Sunday, 17 August, police were contacted by a member of the public who said he was stuck on Scafell Pike with his wife and son. The conditions were deteriorating and they requested assistance.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team responded and began searching for the family.

Throughout the search contact was attempted with the family on their mobile but there was no response.

Eventually at 9:37pm that night, the mobile phone was answered and the family explained that they had managed to get down themselves and didn’t realise they needed to notify the police or mountain rescue.

“It is vital if people have contacted any emergency service that they notify us if they are able to get to a safe place by themselves. Until we know those people are safe, then search teams will continuing looking until they are found.

“By not informing us, there is a drain on resources and potentially could hinder someone who does need urgent help. All we request is for people to be considerate.”

– Spokesperson, Cumbria Police

Two men arrested after reports of fighting

Armed officers were on Bower Street, Carlisle
Armed officers were on Bower Street, Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Two men have been arrested in Carlisle after reports of a fight in public.

Police were called to Bower Street where it was reported the men were fighting. The men left the area - one left in a red Audi and the other followed afterwards in a blue Vauxhall Vectra.

They drove to the Newtown Road area and collided into each other, also colliding with a parked Vauxhall Mervia.

One man later approached police officers and was arrested on suspicion of affray. The 17-year-old from Carlisle is currently helping police with their enquiries.

The second man was arrested in the Raffles area in connection with the incident. The 20-year-old, also from Carlisle, will be interviewed by police. Anyone with information should contact Cumbria police.

Police vans and police dogs were in Carlisle following the incident
Police vans and police dogs were in Carlisle following the incident Credit: ITV Border

Reports of men fighting in Carlisle

Two men have been reported fighting on Bower Street, Carlisle.

Police were called at 12.26pm today (14th August). However, one man left the area in a red car and the other man left in a blue car. It's believed they have driven onto the Newtown Road area of Carlisle. The blue car stopped on Peel Street but the people in the car had left.

Anyone with information, especially regarding a red Audi, should contact police.

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