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'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

Police hunt for birthday cards cash thief

Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police

Police are trying to trace this woman caught on CCTV camera after cash was stolen from sealed birthday cards.

At around 2.30pm on Thursday 9 April two women boarded the number 68 bus in Carlisle and one of them stole cash from the cards that had been left behind by a passenger.

The 68 bus runs between Upperby and Belle View via Carlisle city centre.

Anyone who recognises the woman or has information about the incident, should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 1315 Eddy Hope, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police
Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police


Police seize £100k worth of heroin

Police stopped a car on the M6 near Carlisle last night and seized a heroin haul with an estimated street value of £100,000.

The Vauxhall Vectra was pulled over at around 8.30pm last night.

A 27-year-old male and a 22-year-old female from Carlisle have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs and are currently helping police with their enquiries.

Police hunt Carlisle robbers

Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Carlisle this afternoon (Sunday 26th April).

Police were called at around 3:45pm today with a report that there was a robbery at Foreways News, Food and Wine on Blackwell Road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Two people, believed to male, were seen leaving on foot towards Beaumont Road. They were wearing blue boiler suits and balaclavas.

Anyone with any information, or saw people matching the above description, are urged to call Cumbria Police on 101.

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
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