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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.

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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 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 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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Football fan fight injures charity woman

A 59 year-old woman from Carlisle was involved in an incident which left her with injuries to her face and head.

The woman was outside Griffin Pub collecting money for charity when a fight broke out between football fans. Carlisle United and Luton Town football fans were in the area following a game earlier in the day.

The woman was taken to hospital but later discharged. The incident happened at 5pm on the 9th August and police are asking for any witnesses to get in contact.

"We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to this incident, especially any football fans who were in the area at the time.

The woman was standing outside the pub, collecting money for charity and was not involved in any altercation. The incident left the victim with numerous injuries.”

– Detective Constable James Aiston

32% rise of complaints against Cumbria police

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says he isn't surprised or disappointed about a rise in complaints against officers in the county.

It's emerged that allegations made against the force increased from 388, in 2012 to 2013, to 513 over the past twelve months.

That's a rise of 32 per cent. However, Richard Rhodes says when you look at the number of complaints upheld, the force is doing well compared to others. Katie Hunter reports.

Richard Rhodes 'not surprised' by rise in complaints

The number of complaints made against Cumbria police has risen by more than 30 percent in the past 12 months.

513 allegations were made between July 2013 and 2014, including some of unprofessional conduct. Police say that the numbers, which have been discussed in a meeting in Penrith, remain below the national average.

Nine of the complaints were upheld by the independent police watchdog. Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria Police says he's 'not surprised'.

Complaints rise by a third against Cumbria Police

Complaints against Cumbria Police have increased by almost a third this year compared to last year.

The biggest percentage rise was in allegations of discrimination which went up from one to eight. The force says none of those complaints has been upheld.

Overall there were 513 allegations this year compared to 388 in the previous 12 months.

Cumbria Police has the third lowest number of allegations upheld nationally.

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