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Cumbria police officer appears in court for alleged fraud

A Cumbria police officer and her husband have appeared in court on allegations of fraud.

Tracy and Paul Taylor from Irthington near Carlisle are jointly accused of five counts of fraud.

It's alleged that they made false representations when trying to get the approval of creditors to enter a voluntary arrangement under the Insolvency Act.

They made no plea and the case was sent to Carlisle Crown Court, where they will appear on the 7th of January.

The couple were given unconditional bail.

Police appeal for 29-year-old Carlisle man

29-year-old Dean Thomas Storey Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are trying to trace a 29-year-old man in connection with an offence of harassment and a breach of a restraining order.

Dean Thomas Storey is believed to be in the Carlisle area.

If you recognise him from this picture and know where he is currently located, please call Carlisle Police.

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'An awful lot has been swept under the carpet'

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is looking into how domestic violence and child sexual exploitation are tackled in the region.

Richard Rhodes has already pledged to make addressing the issues a top priority. Now, a report from Cumbria Constabulary says that between March and the end of July this year, eighty-five children and young people were identified as potentially vulnerable.

Cumbria's PCC discusses domestic violence

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is looking into how domestic violence and child exploitation are tackled by various agencies.

Richard Rhodes, who was elected in November 2012, has previously pledged to make tackling domestic violence and child exploitation a top priority. He will now discuss them in more detail with officers from Cumbria Police.

Police Commissioner 'resists' nationalisation of Cumbria force

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says he will 'resist' nationalising Cumbria with any other Police Force.

It comes as the Chief Constable of Cumbria Police says cuts to staff will be an inevitability as the force looks to save a further £10 million from its budget.

When asked if the force could go the same way as Police Scotland, which was created from 8 separate forces in 2013, the commissioner said he would "resist the idea that Cumbria could be merged with any other police force".

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Police must save £10million in 3 years

Jerry Graham, Cumbria's new Chief Constable, has said that the police will need to make further savings of £10.4million by 2017 to 2018.

Cumbria Constabulary have already saved £16million by changing the way the force works. Despite having to make cuts, Jerry Graham is still committed to providing the 'best possible policing service':

'Where appropriate we will be undertaking public consultation and will be listening to the views of local people. We will keep the public updated on any planned changes that may affect their policing service.

Change is required due to budget cuts, but I am focused on protecting frontline policing as far as possible. I will continue to work hard to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live, work, and visit, and provide the best possible policing service we can afford.'

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

The areas that are currently being reviewed are:

  • Shift patterns
  • Neighbourhood Policing Team structure
  • Community safety delivery
  • Role definition and deployment of PCSOs
  • Command and control
  • Criminal justice
  • Administration across the force
  • Printing
  • Front counters

'Your police, your say' vows Crime Chief

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

People are being invited to have their say about the future funding of the police service in Cumbria.

Richard Rhodes, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, is giving people eight weeks to offer their opinions about levels of council tax.

It is estimated that 14% of the local council tax bill goes to pay for the police service. It is the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner to decide whether the amount of council tax is increased or frozen each year.

Most of the funding for the police budget comes from central government, supported by the council tax precept, the police's own financial reserves and money that hadn't been spent in the previous year's budget.

The Crime Commissioner plans to host a variety of events including public meetings, online meetings and online surveys.

'Part of the rationale for Police and Crime Commissioners was that they would represent the public and enable people to have a voice in policing. This why I am going directly to the people of Cumbria to get their views about the future funding of policing through their council tax payments.'

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Concern for missing man in Whitehaven

Richard Manners, 18, is missing from the Whitehaven area Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the safety of a missing man from the Whitehaven area.

Richard Manners, 18, was last seen outside the Candlestick pub on Tangier Street, Whitehaven at 10pm last night. He is described as being of slim build, with short brown hair and speaks with a North East accent. It is believed he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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