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John Woodcock MP: "Parents across the county will be alarmed' by report

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Responding to a report criticising Cumbria Police's child protection performance, Barrow & Furness MP John Woodcock said:

Parents across the county will be alarmed by the report's chilling examples of child sex victims who were not given proper protection from Cumbria police.

Similarly disturbing are the instances where there is no record of suspects of serious sexual offences being properly investigated.

The report did contain some examples of good practice and it is encouraging that Her Majesty's Inspectorate concluded Cumbria's police officers are clearly committed to protecting children and determined to turn the situation around.

But the multiple failures outlined by the HMIC are stark and point to horrible abuse going undetected and offenders going unpunished.

Rapid improvement is essential to safeguard our community - this already troubled police force must be placed under even greater scrutiny until these problems are fixed.

– John Woodcock MP

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Cumbria Police 'needs to improve protection of vulnerable children'

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Cumbria Police needs to improve the protection it gives vulnerable children, according to the police watchdog.

A report published today by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says there's a lack of understanding of the extent of child sexual exploitation across the county.

The report also found the force is committed to making improvements.

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Police searching for missing Egremont man recover body in River Ehen

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Police searching for a missing man from Egremont in Cumbria have confirmed that a man’s body has been found in the River Eden at Egremont.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and enquires are ongoing but police do not believe the death to be suspicious.

David Hornsby was last seen on Beckgreen at approximately 2am on the 24th of December.

The police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Hornsby to get in touch. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police immediately on 101.

Two teens charged after 86-year-old knocked over

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Two men have been charged in relation to an incident which resulted in an 86-year-old woman being knocked over.

The incident on 21st July took place on West Tower Street in Carlisle when a group of teenagers and young adults were involved in an altercation.

Luke Hunter, 18, of Castlesteads Drive, Carlisle, and 18-year-old Dale Errington of Durdar Road, Carlisle, were charged with public order offences.

Both will appear at North Cumbria Magistrates Court on 17th January 2017.

The 86-year-old woman suffered minor injuries.

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