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Concern for missing Kendal teenager

Michael Pearsons Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 14 year old boy who has gone missing in the Kendal area.

Michael Pearson, was last seen at his home on Queens Road at around 5pm on Monday.

He is described as being white, of slim build with short brown hair and is around 5ft 5inches tall.

He has a Liverpool accent and is thought to be wearing a black North Face fleece, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Michael to get in touch.

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Tractor death victim named

Police have named the boy who died after being hit by a tractor as Michael Wolfe (better known as Mikey) from Longtown.

Mikey's family, who are being supported by specially trained officers, have paid tribute to him:

Mikey had a heart as big as the moon and a smile that would melt your heart.

Mikey loved One Direction and going to the seaside but the one thing he loved the best was winding his sisters and brother up. He was a master at this.

Mikey will be missed by us and everyone who knew him. Thank you to Cumbria Police, Longtown Fire Brigade, and all the people of Longtown.”

– Mikey's family

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101.

Police warn of cold-calling scam

Cumbria police regularly issue warnings and information about fraudulent callers Credit: PA

Cumbria Police have issued a warning to the public after a West Cumbrian business was targeted by a cold-calling scam.

The caller claimed that they were selling advertisement space for a policing magazine and that they would require a contribution of £145.

Cumbria Police, however, said the caller was not affiliated with the police and it was not their policy to request members of the public for money.

“Police officers will always identify themselves by name and the station they are attached to. Unfortunately there are people out there who will attempt to gain money fraudulently. I strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately."

– Inspector Jon Sherlock, Community Safety Unit

Warning after spate of burglaries in west Cumbria

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

Cumbria Police are urging people to be on their guard, after a spate of burglaries in west Cumbria.

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Burglaries where offenders have entered via an insecure door or window, between 1 May and 27 July

The highest number of crimes have taken place in Workington and Whitehaven, but there have been burglaries across the area.

The most common time for burglaries has been overnight, between 11pm to 5am Sunday to Monday, between 10pm to 4am Wednesday to Thursday, and between 1am and 8am on Saturdays.

Police are urging people to close their doors and windows, when they're not around:

Even if the sun isn’t shining, the warmer weather means people are leaving their doors and windows open, making it easy for thieves.

It only takes a few extra seconds to lock the doors and check the windows are closed before you go to bed. But these few extra steps can stop the heartache of finding somebody has been in your home and taken your possessions.

I urge all residents to make sure their security remains priority throughout the summer months.”

– Detective sergeant Mark Cox

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Chief Constable: policing 'not all about numbers'

Cumbria Police has launched its new £2.5m CCTV network - at a time when police officer numbers are being cut.

Chief Constable Jerry Graham says the technology will help them to fight crime, and that policing is "not all about numbers":

I think it would be very simplistic to say policing is all about numbers.

Head count, the number of police officers, the number of police staff is critically important, but we need the best equipment to try and keep people safe, the best radios, the best dogs and the best CCTV and this is part of our canon of tools that we can use to protect the public of Cumbria."

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham

CCTV cameras rolled out across Cumbria

CCTV cameras will be rolled out across the county. Credit: PA

A new network of CCTV cameras will be launched in Cumbria today.

The project has been commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, and will be implemented by Cumbria Constabulary.

53 cameras will be operated across Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Whitehaven, Penrith and Barrow, and more could be added if necessary.

The project will cost £2.5 million over the next seven years.

CCTV will play a vital role in delivering a safe and secure environment for people who live, work and visit Cumbria.

At the same time CCTV will help in reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder as well as providing proactive support for the business community. When I came into Office in November 2012 there was the real prospect of all the CCTV cameras in the major urban areas across the county being switched off. Today, we have a state-of-the-art system which will be supported for the next seven years.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

38 people charged over "Cash for Crash" offences

Cumbria Police have charged 38 people from across the county with "Cash for Crash" insurance fraud offences. Officers investigated numerous people for conspiring to defraud motor insurance companies for collisions that allegedly occurred in the county between 2010 and 2014.

Among the 38, Sarah Kidd, 33, from Carlisle, has been summoned to court for a connected offence of money laundering.

The investigation was a joint operation between Cumbria Police, the Motor Insurance Bureau and the Crown Prosecution Service.

All 38 people are expected appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court on 28th July 2015 in connection with these offences.

CCTV appeal: vandals damage school

CCTV image of two people police would like to identify in connection. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are investigating after a school was vandalised in Kendal on 26 May.

Around £2,000 worth of damage was caused on the roof of Queen Katherine’s School on Appleby Road at around 6pm.

Cumbria police want to identify the men in this CCTV image in connection with the incident.

Anyone who recognises them, is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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