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'We will target you for your offences. It is in your hands'

A new campaign by Cumbria Police is warning sexual or violent offenders to 'do the right thing' or face the consequences.

It focuses on domestic violence and sexual assaults and aims to make clear that the victim is never to blame by saying that men must take responsibility for their actions.

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Campaign against violence: 'No one asks to be raped'

Campaign poster: 'No one asks to be abused - threaten or assault a family member and you are breaking the law' Credit: Cumbria Police

A new campaign is telling potential violent and sexual offenders to 'do the right thing'.

It focuses on three areas:

  • Sexual assault/rape
  • Alcohol fuelled violence
  • Domestic violence

In Cumbria between August 2012 and July 2014 there were 746 rapes or ‘other sexual offences’. In 88% of the rapes, and 75% of the other sexual offences, the offender was known to the victim.

The aim of the campaign, by Cumbria Police, is to make it clear that violence of any kind won't be tolerated.

Campaign poster: 'No one asks to be raped - anything less than a 'yes' and you are breaking the law'. Credit: Cumbria Police

“Normally at this time of year we issue safety messages to people about how to keep themselves safe – for example, don’t walk home alone or don’t leave your drink unattended. This is important advice and we do want people to take steps to keep themselves safe.

However, the truth is many people who are victims of sexual or violent assaults know their attacker, in which case this type of advice will be unlikely to help in their situation.

It also sets up the expectation that these people are somehow responsible for what happens if they become a victim of crime. This is absolutely not the case. No matter where a victim is, how they are acting, how intoxicated they may be, it is never the victim’s fault.

This campaign aims to put the blame where the blame belongs – with the offender. I want to be very clear: there is absolutely no excuse for violent or abusive behaviour and it will not be tolerated in Cumbria.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson, Cumbria Police

Operation Natterjack focuses on A590

The police say in the last year there has been 114 accidents on the road that have caused injuries or deaths. Credit: PA

Cumbria Police are launching a two day campaign to catch drivers breaking the law on the A590.

152 drivers were recently caught in a two-week operation on the A66. Police used an unmarked lorry in the last Operation Natterjack. 90 cars were stopped for using mobile phones, others were caught overtaking on solid white lines or for speeding.

Men jailed for 22 years for firearms offences

James Clague (left) and Yamin Hussain (right). Credit: Cumbria Police

Two men have been sentenced to eleven years each for intending to endanger lives in west Cumbria.

James Clague, aged 28 of Main Road in Seaton, and Yamin Hussain, aged 23 of Camberley Street in Leeds, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Clague met Hussain in prison in West Yorkshire. Hussain arranged, with a third party, for Clague to buy a 9mm pistol and ammunition which he would collect on his release from prison.

In May, Clague travelled to Leeds from Cumbria, to buy the gun and ammunition for £650. However, their plans were overheard and reported to the prison Governor which prevented Hussain from making final arrangements.

Clague was intercepted by armed officers at Carlisle Station on his return.

“James Clague posed a serious threat to the lives of a number of individuals in West Cumbria. Not only that, he planned to do this by arranging with fellow prison inmate, Yamin Hussain, to buy a handgun when released from prison with the full intention of endangering the lives of others. This was a calculated plan to seek revenge against others he believed had wronged him.

I wish to reassure the community that serious threats to life, as in this case, are very rare, however when encountered Cumbria Constabulary will utilise all powers and resources necessary to safely deal with the threat and protect individuals and the community.

I wish to pay tribute to the bravery of witnesses in this case who were prepared to take the stand, give evidence and stand up to these thugs. Clearly their contribution has been massive and led to today’s result. The sentence today reflects the seriousness of the offending in this case and sends out a very clear message that this sort of behaviour will just not be tolerated in our community.”

– Detective Inspector Ian Harwood, Cumbria Police

Police praise community support during 2009 floods

Colleagues of PC Bill Barker have been remembering him, five years after his death.

The father of four died when the Northside Bridge in Workington collapsed during the floods of 2009. Those on duty at the time say the support of the public helped them deal with the county-wide emergency, and the death of a friend.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson is from Cumbria Police:

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Man robbed at knifepoint in Carlisle

The incident took place to the rear Lord Street, Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

An armed robbery, which took place in Carlisle on Monday 10th November, is being investigated by police.

At approximately 4.50pm a local man was walking alone across the car park to the rear of Lord Street. He was approached by a male who demanded cash whilst another male appeared to keep watch.

The male who made the demands had a large kitchen knife. The victim handed over cash before the suspects made off and were last seen in the area of St Nicholas Street.

They took with them the cash, along with a red cloth bag with the word ‘Cranstons’ written on the side containing a Tupperware box and a blue-coloured glasses case containing gold-framed reading glasses. The victim was left shaken but unhurt.

One of the suspects is described as:

  • A white male
  • Aged in his late teens to early twenties
  • Dark coloured short hair
  • Wearing a light grey coloured tracksuit with a dark coloured body-warmer, black scarf and trainers.

The other suspect is described as:

  • A white male
  • Aged in his late teens to early twenties
  • Wearing a dark coloured hooded top with red coloured patches on the elbows, with the hood pulled over his head.
  • Also wearing dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Cumbria Police are appealing for any witnesses to this crime, specifically any witnesses to the robbery itself or information as to any sightings of the two suspects who match the descriptions above.

Carlisle assault - CCTV released

Credit: Cumbria Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to speak to in connection with an assault in Carlisle.

Cumbria Police say he may be able to assist with an investigation into an assault, which happened in the early hours of Wednesday 5th November 2014.

At around 12:15am on Allenbrook Road, Rosehill Industrial Estate, a vulnerable man aged 45-years-old was attacked and suffered significant facial injuries.

Anyone who recognises the individual or has any information about the incident should contact Cumbria Police.

Credit: Cumbria Police

Police and hotels target sex abuse

Cumbria Police are warning sexual offenders who prey on children that they will be caught as they launch a new initiative targeting child sexual exploitation in the county's hotels. 185 cases were reported last year which resulted in a number of arrests and convictions.

It's part of a national campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation. Working with partners including the NSPCC and Cumbrian Tourism, the aim is to raise awareness of the problem and educate hotel staff.

Kim Inglis reports.

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