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Police and Crime Commissioner 'relieved' after Autumn Statement

The PCC is relieved. Credit: PA

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says he's "relieved" the force has been spared millions of pounds of cuts following the Autumn Statement.

Cumbria Police feared it would lose £11 million from its budget but Chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday the cut would not be going ahead.

Cumbria Police braced for spending cuts

Police have warned frontline services will be affected. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Cumbria Police is bracing itself for cuts of 25 per cent when the Chancellor George Osborne outlines his spending plans on Wednesday.

But the figure could be higher or lower depending on what the government agrees with the Home Office.

The force has already saved £20 million in the last five years.

An awful lot of the back office provision has already been taken away and there will come a point where a reduction in back office means officers on the frontline won't be able to operate effectively."

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Police search for missing Workington man

Rory Woodhall was reported missing on November 17 Credit: Cumbria Police

Police searching for a missing man from Workington are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Rory Woodall, 36, of Harrington Road, Workington was last seen at a property on Curwendale, Stainburn on October 1. He was reported missing on November 17.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact them on 101. Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Roy Ledlingham said:

We are growing increasing concerned for Mr Woodall's welfare. No one has seen or heard from him since the start of October. I appeal to anyone that has any information on his whereabouts to contact us immediately.

If Mr Woodall sees this appeal, please get in touch with Cumbria Police and let us know that you are safe and well.

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Roy Ledingham, Cumbria Police

Man charged after armed robbery in Cumbrian village

The robbery occurred at Frizington Post Office on October 28 Credit: ITV

Police have charged a man in connection with a robbery at a post office in a Cumbrian Village.

Officers were called to Frizington Post Office at 6:17am on October 28 after a member of staff was threatened with a firearm. She was unharmed but left distressed after the incident.

Paul Farish, 18, has been charged with robbery and possessing an imitation firearm. He appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates Court today and has been remanded in custody. He is due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on December 7.

A second man, aged 19, who was also arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail.


Police snow warning

Police are warning drivers to take care on our region's roads over the weekend after the first significant snow fell over night. Snow and ice are affecting many areas, especially on higher ground but so far no serious incidents on our roads have been reported.

"Deteriorating light and weather can lead to challenging conditions especially on narrow rural roads. We ask that all motorists take into account these challenges when driving as too many road collisions are caused by those in control of a vehicle failing to adapt.

Motorists are responsible for their own vehicle and making sure that there are no deficiencies. Please make sure that your lights are in working order and that oil, anti-freeze and washer fluid levels are kept topped up due to increased usage from dirt and salt that is sprayed up from wet roads.

“Winter tyre checks are also important in combating the elements. If you are unable to check them yourself please see a specialist who will be able to make sure that you have the correct tyre conditioning, pressure and tread depth. Some garages offer winter checks for free, so please take advantage of this as it can save lives."

– Chief Inspector Terry Bathgate, Cumbria Police

I fully support the Constabulary’s campaign to raise awareness for motorists about the challenges faced when driving in the winter, and what checks they can carry out to ensure their cars are up to the task. Prevention is by far the best option, so I would urge motorists to take the necessary steps to stay safe, to prevent accidents and avoid prosecution.

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police to recruit volunteers to help tackle speeding

Police are asking for volunteers to help crackdown on speeding Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

Police are calling for volunteers to help tackle speeding in West Cumbria.

The new recruits will work as a team to educate locals about the risks of speeding and monitor speed at high risk locations.

All volunteers will be trained to carry out the role.

We are extremely excited to pilot this scheme in West Cumbria and feel the communities we serve, will see the benefits of this new initiative.”

– West Cumbria Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

WATCH: Farron calls for police cuts to be scrapped

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP and Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron wants the Government to change the way it calculates police budgets, after it was found Cumbria Police could lose up to £31million.

He launched his campaign today after the policing minister had to delay cuts to police forces when an error was found in the calculations.

Tim Farron says a delay isn't good enough. He wants the cuts to be scrapped and he's asking people to sign a petition to that effect.

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