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Investigation after birds killed in Carlisle

Crows were amongst the birds killed. Credit: PA

Police are investigating the killing of a number of birds in a part of Carlisle.

Crows, magpies and seagulls are amongst the birds that have been killed in the last few weeks, in the vicinity of Hebden Avenue, Carlisle:

I would like to take this opportunity to remind owners of air weapons of their responsibility. Airguns may be used only on land where the user has full permission to shoot. This may be your garden, or private land owned or leased by an individual or club. Remember, wherever you shoot, you must ensure that all of your pellets remain within the boundary of the land to which your shooting permission applies.

“It is illegal to shoot an airgun on any land, including common land, river banks, public land, recreation areas or playing fields and land covered by water, i.e. lakes, ponds, canals and rivers where you do not have full permission from the lands owner or its tenant. It is also illegal to fire an airgun closer than 50 feet (15 metres) from the centre of a public highway, bridleway or footpath, if your shooting causes upset or inconvenience to those using the highway.”

– PC Neil Crawshaw, Cumbria Police


Six arrested after drugs raids

Heroin and cannabis were recovered. Credit: PA

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, after police searched a number of properties in Carlisle.

The police executed the warrants late on 26 March, as part of an operation targeting drug supply.

Heroin and cannabis with an estimated street value of £200,000 was recovered.

The people arrested:

  • A 30-year-old man from Liverpool.
  • A 34-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 37-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 41-year-old woman from Carlisle.
  • A 46-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 51-year-old man from Carlisle.

Our advice to heroin users is do not suffer with heroin dependency alone. As well as your GP we have strong partners in the community who can assist with helping you.

Unity alcohol and drug recovery service can be contacted on 01228 882299 for the Carlisle area or 01768 861280 for the Penrith area. Cumbria Alcohol Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) which provides drug & alcohol services to individuals, family members & communities to support recovery can be contacted on 0300 111 4002.

Anyone with information into the supply of controlled drugs should contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hill

More than £1 million of funding for police projects

Richard Rhodes.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has secured £1,074,466 of funding to support three of the force's projects.

The money will come from the Home Office's Police Innovation Fund.

The following projects will benefit:

  • £247,991 for the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service, which will expand services for victims of sexual abuse, and encourage victims to come forwards.
  • £306,020 for Turning the Spotlight, which will work with families and young people to reduce hate crime and domestic abuse.
  • £520,530 for the development of the Cumbria Strategic Co-ordination Centre, which will help police and partner agencies to work together.

The projects further support victims and start to develop the pro-active approach to working with perpetrators when they are identified at an early stage. These are both incredibly important as they start to breakdown the cycle that often people find themselves pulled into.

The funding for the next stage is the Integrated Sexual Violence Referral Service. This supports the existing project which is developing well and compliments the national funding in addition to local funding from the County Council and district Councils in the north and west of the County. The new training facility is a unique initiative as it will make best use of technology to allow people to undertake dynamic training.”

– Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes


£200,000 of cannabis found after police stop car

A man has been charged.

An estimated £200,000 worth of cannabis and cannabis resin has been recovered by Cumbria Police.

It was found after a vehicle was stopped on the M6 Northbound between junctions 42 and 43, on Wednesday 25 March.

Derek Owen, 61, of Glebe Hey, Netherley, Liverpool, has been charged with two counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

He'll appear at North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Thursday 26 March.

Cumbria's fight against child exploitation

We turn now to the problem of child sexual exploitation - it's become a major child protection issue across the UK. Hidden from view, vulnerable young girls and boys are groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatised and scarred for life.

In Cumbria, police have received more than 100 reports of children at risk in the last 6 months. Now they're working to raise awareness and encourage parents to recognise the signs. Kate Walby reports.

Three arrested in Carlisle on suspicion of robbery

Police are currently investigating a robbery and an attempted robbery in Carlisle today.

The offences happened at around 11.20 this morning on Close Street and Grey Street respectively.

Police have arrested three people on suspicion of robbery and they are currently helping officers with their enquiries. Those arrested are:

  • A 28-year-old man from Carlisle.
  • A 26-year-old woman from Workington.
  • A 19-year-old man from Carlisle.

Police were called at 11.20am following the report of a robbery on Close Street. Two men and a woman approached the victim and stole their handbag. The victim suffered minor injuries.

An attempted robbery was reported shortly after on Grey Street, where two men and a woman approached the victim and attempted to steal their handbag. The suspects made off with nothing.

“Detectives are currently making enquiries into these two incidents which we are treating as connected at this time. If you have any information on these two incidents we would like to hear from you. Your information could lead to bringing those responsible to justice.”

– Detective Inspector Craig Smith

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101

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