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WATCH: Police release CCTV footage of tyre slasher in Cumbria

Cumbria Police have released this CCTV footage of a person slashing all four tyres of a car parked at New Road car park in Kendal on Saturday 10 June.

The offender was seen wearing black clothing, carrying a white carrier. He also has a black umbrella with a yellow logo or similar on it.

Police say before committing the damage, they believe the man walked through the town centre and down Finkle Street onto Stramongate before cutting through Camden Buildings and onto New Road.

Anyone with more information is urged to get in touch on 101.

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Volunteers needed for Denton Holme green makeover

Credit: Cumbria Police

Volunteers to makeover a green area in Carlisle are being requested by Cumbria Police.

The makeover will be part done on Saturday, 24 June, as part of a Give a Day to the City 2017. It will be lead by Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Peter Murphy.

The green area is on the side of a footpath between Richardson street and Ferguson place.

The green area in Denton Holme is currently a magnet for littering and graffiti. I hope that by spending time cleaning it up and some minor gardening attention that this could be an area that local community can be proud of. The desired outcome is to create a garden for community volunteers to maintain the upkeep, which will make the area much more pleasing to the eye.

– PCSO Peter Murphy

PCSO Peter Murphy will be there from 10am until 4pm. He can also be contacted by calling 101 or visiting the Give a Day to the City website.

Man assaulted in Whitehaven by group of young people

Entrance to Castle Park Credit: Google maps

A 58-year-old man was assaulted by a group of young people in Whitehaven.

The assault happened on Friday 2nd June at the entrance to Castle Park on Catherine Street, where the group grazed the man's head.

He had confronted them earlier on, around 10pm, after they smashed a glass bottle into a flat window.

Police are looking for a white male, approximately 15 years old, who was wearing a red tracksuit top.

Police are asking for witnesses or anyone with information to email them on 101@cumbria.police.uk or call PC 2344 Bish on 101.

Alternatively anyone can get in contact anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Event held to tackle modern slavery in Cumbria

Modern slavery event held in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Human trafficking, labour exploitation and modern-day slavery were all issues addressed by Cumbria Police at a special event in Carlisle.

Over two hundred community leaders, social workers and police officers were at Carlisle racecourse to find out more about spotting the signs for slavery and human trafficking in our region.

Jessica Nevin spoke to the Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall and Detective Chief Inspector Lesley Hanson to find out more on what can be done locally:

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Cumbria Police have 'systems in place' to protect local events

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

Cumbria Police say they have "robust systems in place" to police local events, after last night's terror attack in Manchester.

A number of high-profile concerts and events are taking place in Cumbria over the summer months, including a Little Mix concert.

The force has declined ITV Border's request for interviews, but has now released the following statement:

The thoughts of all officers and staff at Cumbria Constabulary are with all those affected by last night’s events in Manchester.

Our officers and staff will do all they can to support colleagues at Greater Manchester Police and assist with the investigation as and when required.

Public safety, as always, remains our priority. We will continue to work closely with our communities to help us make Cumbria a safe place to live, work and visit, and ask people to let us know if they have any suspicions.

We have robust systems in place for policing events and work with organisers to prioritise the safety of attendees.

There is no place for hate crime in our country, and in Cumbria, and it will not be tolerated.

– Assistant Chief Constable Sean Robinson

ITV Border exclusive: 30% increase in mental health related incidents reported to police

The number of incidents with a mental health marker reported to police have increased Credit: PA

A freedom of information request by ITV Border has revealed that the number of incidents with a mental health marker reported to police increased by nearly 30% between 2014 and 2016.

There were 9716 incidents reported overall:

  • 01 January - 31 December 2014: 2845 incidents
  • 01 January - 31 December 2015: 3198 incidents
  • 01 January - 31 December 2016: 3673 incidents

Incidents with a mental health marker include situations where the person in question is considered to have a mental health issue.

A multi-agency crisis assessment service (MACAS) was formed in March 2017, bringing together police and mental health professionals to ensure people with mental health issues receive the support they require, rather than being put in a prison cell or sent to A&E.

Cumbria Police say the service is proving to be successful.

Cumbria Police urge Longtown residents to be vigilant following car thefts

Cumbria Police are urging people to lock their cars, even if they only leave it for a few seconds Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are urging residents in Longtown to be vigilant, following a number of recent thefts from vehicles in the area.

Between 28th April and 3rd May, police say they have received six reports of thefts and want to ensure people lock their doors and windows to help prevent further incidents.

Vehicles can be seen as an easy target for criminals as cars may have items left in glove compartments or in boots and some people leave tools in vans overnight.

As well as locking doors and windows being locked, making sure nothing of value is left in your car or van overnight is a simple, but effective, method of ensuring your possessions aren’t stolen.

Also consider where you are parking your vehicle. Criminals tend to operate in quieter areas where visibility is reduced. If you have a garage use it, if you don’t ensure alarms and immobilisers are set.

It only takes seconds for someone to come along and open the door and make off with your belongings.

– Sergeant Scott Adams

Police have uploaded security advice on their website and are calling for anyone with information on these incidents to get in touch.

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