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New system for reporting hate crimes

Cumbria Police are launching a new online reporting system for victims of hate crime.

They're also revamping incident reporting centres to try and get more people to come forward.

A hate crime is classed as targeting people because of their religion, race, disability or sexuality.

Police say such incidents are under-reported.

Police to hold child sexual exploitation webchat

A webchat about child sexual exploitation (CSE) is being help by Cumbria Police.

The multi-agency event, which is due to take place on Wednesday 16 July, will give Cumbrians the chance to ask any questions they have on the issue.

Children’s Services, Inspira, NSPCC, and the NHS will all take part in the event.

“CSE can happen to any child, anywhere. It is vitally important that parents and adults recognise the signs of CSE, as often a young person may not realise that they are at risk and may even see themselves as willing participants.

“CSE often involves offenders grooming youngsters and using their power to sexually abuse them. It can take many forms, whether it occurs through a seemingly 'consensual' relationship with an older boyfriend, or a young person having sex in return for attention, gifts, alcohol or cigarettes."

– DI Nick Coughlan, Cumbria Police

You can access the webchat through the Cumbria County website.

If you have been or are a victim of exploitation you can report it, anonymously at: www.fearless.org

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Police search for missing Maryport man

Jeffrey William Baker, 47, was seen on CCTV at Carlisle train station Credit: Cumbria Police

Police searching for a missing Maryport man have released CCTV images in a bid to locate him.

Jeffrey William Baker, 47, was last seen leaving his friend's house in Workington at around 10:15pm on July 10. He was due to start work at 11am the following day but didn't arrive.

Mr Baker was spotted on CCTV at Carlisle Train Station at around 11:50am on July 11. He's described as being 6"2' tall, of medium build and bald. He was wearing a khaki jacket, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and trainers at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information as to Mr Baker's whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and quote log number 283.

Parents 'must be aware' of children's online habits

Parents are being encouraged to take an active interest in their children's internet habits.

As well as urging young children to stay safe online Cumbria Police are telling parents to make sure they know what websites their children have access to.

As more and more websites are created an increasing number of children and young people are being exposed to dangers online.

One site that has been reported to Police recently by concerned parents is Omegle. Omegle is a free online chat website that allows users to communicate with strangers without registering.

"We work with local schools to directly warn children of the dangers that they are placing themselves in accessing certain websites.

“However, it is vital parents that must be aware of who their child is communicating with online.

“It is just as important to protect your child in the ‘online’ world as it is in the ‘real’ world. Most parents wouldn’t let their child physically spend the night talking to a complete stranger, but that is exactly what is happening online.”

– Detective Sergeant Jim Rooney, Cumbria Police

Police trying to unite owners with stolen goods

It's thought these items were stolen at the end of June Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are trying to find the owners of the items pictured after they were found in Keswick.

It's thought they were all stolen from the Keswick are at sometime during the last week in June.

The items include jewellery, an Acer tablet and a camera.

If you, or someone you know, is the rightful owner of anything in the picture you should contact Detective Constable Rebecca Fox on the 101 number.

£200 of stationary stolen from WH Smith in Penrith

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft Credit: Cumbria Police

Stationary worth £200 has been stolen from a shop in Penrith.

Cumbria Police would like to speak to a man (pictured above) in connection with the theft.

It happened at the WH Smiths store on Saturday, 7 June 2014.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 2080 Warman, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police officer telephone scam targets Cumbria

People are being warned of a telephone scam, in which people claiming to be police officers call and claim that they are following up enquiries following an accident.

The caller is not a police officer and it is believed the cold caller is trying to obtain details to claim for compensation.

The number they are calling from is 01618182004.

Police are advising people to ignore or hang up calls from this number. They also advise to be wary that they may ring back immediately following been hung up on and police ask that this be simply ignored.

'Police officers will always identify themselves by name and the station they are attached to. Unfortunately there are people out there who will attempt to obtain information fraudulently. I strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately.

If you are ever unsure if a call from the police is genuine, ask for the person’s name and then hang up. Using a different phone, as the caller may still be linked to yours, dial 101 and ask for that specific person – if they are genuine, the Communications Centre will be able to put you through to them.'

– Inspector Jon Sherlock, Cumbria Police

For more advice, visit the Action Fraud website here.

Special Constabulary praised for work at the Cumberland Show

Cumbria's Special Constabulary have been praised for their volunteer work at the Cumberland Show.

A team of special constables gave time to patrol, manage traffic and help the public at the event.

The Cumberland Show committee rewarded the team with a cheque for £500, which will be donated to the Carlisle Youth Zone.

'Carlisle Youth Zone believes passionately in giving young people opportunities to engage in positive and meaningful activities and we’re delighted that Cumbria Special Constabulary clearly feels the same way.

With this generous donation we can ensure that more young people can participate in activities, trips, and projects encouraging personal responsibility, tolerance, and respect.'

– Lynsey Buckle, Development Manager for Carlisle Youth Zone

'The Special Constabulary continues to provide support to the regular force and provide a policing resource when and where it is needed.

This is a perfect example of how the Special Constabulary continues to support the communities of Cumbria by supporting Carlisle Youth Zone to provide further opportunities for young people.

This shows the dedication and commitment of all officers involved. We are very grateful for the kind donation to Carlisle Youth Zone'.

– Lee Grieves, Special Chief Inspector
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