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Third male arrested in Carlisle murder investigation

Cumbria Police have arrested a third male, 16, in connection with the murder of 14-year-old Jordan Watson.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, from Carlisle remain in police custody.

The body of Jordan Watson was discovered on Tuesday morning at the Upperby Cemetery in Carlisle. It has since reopened.

As the murder investigation continues, Police are asking anyone with information to contact North Cumbria CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Schoolboy, 14, identified in Carlisle murder investigation

Carlisle schoolboy Jordan Watson, 14, was found dead at Upperby Cemetery after what police have described as a 'savage and brutal' attack.

A post mortem examination has identified the cause of death as multiple wounds to the head and neck made with a sharp instrument.

“Jordan has lost his life as a result of a savage and brutal attack which has shocked the officers working on the case.

"For a child to die in these circumstances in Carlisle is appalling. The offender or offenders must be apprehended and I appeal to any members of the public with information to come forward.

"If anybody heard or saw anything unusual in the area of the cemetery on Manor Road overnight, I would urge them to report it to our incident room.”

– Detective Superintendent Andrew Slattery

Cumbria Police have increased patrols across Carlisle as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from North Cumbria CID.


'We need to look at how we work and work differently'

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Cumbria's new Assistant Chief Constable has admitted government funding cuts mean the force faces challenges.

But Darren Martland, who has transferred from Merseyside Police, insists Cumbria Constabulary will be able to do more for less.

He says officers will need to embrace new policing methods in the future.

I think the main thing for us is that we need to look at how we work and work differently.

"For example, Cumbria Constabulary has made a huge investment in technology and is using technology for the best effect - providing support for victims and witnesses and tackling criminality."

– Darren Martland, Assistant Chief Constable Cumbria


Cumbria Police appoint new Assistant Chief Constable

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Constabulary has appointed a new Assistant Chief Constable.

Darren Martland started in the role yesterday joining Cumbria from Merseyside Police where he was Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.

Mr Martland started his policing career with Merseyside Police in 1990 having graduated from Sheffield University.

The initial part of his career was spent in the Knowlsey area where he completed a number of uniform and CID postings before transferring, on promotion, to the rank of Sergeant to Cheshire Constabulary in 1999.

While at Cheshire he worked in a number of areas, in mainly uniform operational roles and was part of a project team that implemented a re-structure in 2004.

In 2006 he returned to Merseyside Police as a Superintendent and was posted to Wirral. In attaining Chief Superintendent rank in March 2009 he was posted to Knowsley as the Area Commander and dealt with a number of operational incidents and qualified as Public Order and Firearms Commander.

In April 2104 he undertook the Assistant Chief Constable role, on a temporary basis, with responsibility for Human Resources. In September 2014 he remained as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with the responsibility for Collaboration and conducted a review of the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit - TITAN.

“I am delighted to be appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Cumbria Constabulary, and I am looking forward to exploring the new challenges of working for such a large rural county.

“I am committed to working hard to keep Cumbria one of the safest places to live and work during a challenging financial time.

“I look forward to meeting staff, officers, and members of the community, during the next few weeks.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland

Cumbria Police search for missing wild camper

Gary went missing from Wasdale Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are searching for a 47-year-old man who has gone missing after wild camping in Wasdale.

Gary Lupton left his parents on Wednesday the 20th May and arranged to meet up with them 2 days later at Wasdale Head on Friday 22nd May at 3pm, but he failed to turn up.

He is described as 5ft 10in tall, slim, with short mousy brown hair which is greying. He was wearing a black 3/4 length jacket, black trousers, a black long sleeved top with 2 zips on the front and a long sleeved grey t-shirt underneath. He was carrying 2 rucksacks worn on his back and front.

He is still believed to be wild camping alone on fells but could have travelled some distance.

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

Police warning for summer campers

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Cumbria police are warning people to be aware of thieves when camping and caravanning this summer.

There have been a number of thefts in recent weeks, from cars left in rural areas.

Police say valuables left in tents and caravans can be even more vulnerable:

Cumbria is a very safe area, but that doesn’t mean that you should forget about securing your property while on holiday here.

Unfortunately there are professional, full-time criminals who know what people will have with them, they know where property will be, and they are very good at what they do.”

– South Cumbria Crime Prevention Officer Terry Belshaw

Cumbria Police have issued the following advice:

  • When you leave your tent, ensure you don’t leave any valuables inside
  • Make sure valuables are not left unattended in campsite communal areas
  • Be aware of where you are storing your bikes – make sure they are secure. Don’t just lock them to a small post where they can be easily lifted
  • Remember that your caravan / chalet isn’t as secure as your home – don’t leave valuables inside, or if this isn’t possible, don’t leave them on show
  • Lock the doors and windows of caravans / chalets
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