Domestic Violence: Where to find help

Domestic violence should not be tolerated during the World Cup or at any other time. Find out where help is available and how to report it.

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Seven sentenced for supplying Class A drugs in Cumbria

Three of the seven sentenced. Left to right: Lee Hathaway, Paul Johnson, Daniel Miller. Credit: Cumbria Police

Seven people have been sentenced for their role in a drug ring which supplied Class A drugs in South Cumbria.

It is part of an investigation by Cumbria Police's South Area Drugs Unit into the supply of drugs.

Over £4000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine was found, along with £2000 in cash.

Those who were sentenced are:

  • Robert Snelham, aged 23 from Liverpool, received a sentence of five years.
  • James Byott, aged 20 from Liverpool, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.
  • Hasan Ahmed, aged 22 from Liverpool, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.
  • Paul Johnson, aged 27 from Liverpool, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
  • Lee Hathaway, aged 26 from Liverpool, was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
  • Daniel Miller, aged 26 from Barrow in Furness, was sentenced to 21 months in prison
  • Amy Spellman, aged 22 from Barrow in Furness, received a community and supervision order.


Police concerned for missing 80-year-old

An 80-year-old has gone missing from Ainstable in Cumbria.

Meryl Parry was last seen around 3pm in The Dale area on the 26th June.

She is described as being of medium build with grey coloured hair in a bob style and is around 5ft 7inches tall.

It is believed she is wearing dark blue clothing, with cord trousers, a thin woolly jumper and dark shoes.

Police are very concerned for her welfare and ask anyone with information to contact Police on 101.

Cumbria Police reminder: Lock it or lose it

Cumbria Police are reminding homeowners to 'Lock it or lose it' over the summer.

The warm summer weather means more people are forgetting to secure windows and doors when they are out in their gardens or leave the house, making it easier for thefts to take place.

In west Cumbria there has been a slight increase in insecure burglaries, when criminals are walking into people’s homes and stealing items that are quick and easy to take.

“People need to remember that when they are in the garden they cannot hear who could be walking through their front door. Also, leaving ground floor windows open when out of the house provides a potential way for a criminal to gain entry. Don’t leave keys, handbags, mobiles or other valuables where they can be easily seen by a potential intruder. It takes less than a minute to lock your door but to deal with the aftermath of a burglary can take weeks."

– Sergeant Amanda Conway, Cumbria Police

Carlisle cracks down on underage drinking

Cumbria Police have revealed they targeted three bars in the city as part of a campaign to crack down on underage drinking.

A 16-year-old was sent into all three premises after police received intelligence they were selling alcohol to underage young people.

Of the three bars visited, one of them served the teenager without checking their age.

The bar which failed the test was issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice.

“I am disappointed that licensed premises continue to serve alcohol to underage drinkers, despite the fact that it puts the health of children and young people at risk.

"However, I was pleased to note that two out of the three bars tested did the right thing and challenged the young person and requested identification. We need all licensed premises to adhere to these standards.

“Our advice is to always ‘Ask, Challenge, Check’ – if in doubt, do not serve.”

– Sergeant Richard Higgin

Anyone with any information of premises who sell to underage children are asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Armed police drama in Workington

Armed police were called after a man threatened to harm another man in Workington.

Police stopped a Vaxhall Astra in the Northside area of the town at 9.21pm last night.

No firearms were found.

A 35 year old man from Workington was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill.He's in custody helping police with their enquiries.


School boy airlifted to hospital

An 11-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after he was hit by a car.

It happened on Main Street in Egremont, Cumbria, at 8:08am today, Tuesday 17 June.

The boy was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary by air ambulance. The extent of his injuries is still unknown.

A 25-year-old woman, who was driving the red Citroen DS3, was shaken but not injured.

The road is now open after it was closed for a few hours and Cumbria Police has thanked motorists for their patience.

Domestic violence 'will not be tolerated'

Cumbria Police isworking to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents during this year's World Cup. Research shows that during major football tournaments domestic violence can increase.

Research released as part of the Woman's Aid campaign showed that across England during the 2010 World Cup:

  • Domestic violence increased by 27.7 per cent when England beat Slovenia 1-0.
  • Household violence increased by 31.5 per cent when England were knocked out losing 4-1 to Germany.

“It is a sad fact that historically, domestic violence increases during such events as the World Cup. Therefore putting in place schemes such as these is to be welcomed. I believe we must all do what we can to reinforce the message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and in order to achieve this partners and agencies, along with Cumbria Constabulary, must work together to reach as many groups as possible.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner
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