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Concern for missing Penrith teenager

Police are becoming concerned about a missing teenage girl from Penrith.

Amy Straughn, aged 17, was last seen on Tuesday, 5 August at around midnight.

Amy prefers to be called Amy Smith and maybe using this name.

It is believe she was heading to the Barrow area to see a friend.

Amy is described as:

  • 5ft 4" tall, medium build with shoulder-length dark brown hair
  • She was last seen wearing a dark hooded top which had a black and white chequered lining, dark leggings and denim shorts
  • She also has her nose pierced

Anyone who has seen Amy or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to the on-duty Sergeant at Penrith.

Carlisle man hospitalised after assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old man assaulted at a Carlisle nightclub.

The man was was taken to hospital with serious head injuries in the early hours of Monday morning after the attack at the Attic club in Crosby Street.

A 29-year-old man, from Carlisle, was arrested on suspicion of assault, causing grievous bodily harm. He has been bailed until September 14.

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New Chief Constable for Cumbria Police

Cumbria's new Chief Constable is coming to the end of his first full day in office as the man in charge of policing one of the largest rural counties in England.

Jerry Graham entered the service in 1985 and joined the Cumbria force in 2009.

He's had a number of senior roles, but today took up his new post as the man at the top. Earlier this week he was introduced to the media.

Amy Dunsmuir was there.

New Chief Officer Team named

Police Cumbria have announced two temporary changed to the Chief Officer Team.

It comes on the day the new Chief Constable, Jerry Graham, officially takes on the role.

Michelle Skeer has been named as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, while Steve Johnson will take the role of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable.

Sean Robinson will take over as Temporary Chief Superintendent for Territorial Policing Command and Justin Bibby is now Temporary Superintendent for North TPA.

“I am confident that these changes will provide continuity and clear direction for the future”

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham, Cumbria Police

A recruitment process will take place later this year to finalise the Chief Officer Team of the Constabulary.

Three men arrested after Carlisle robbery

Three men have been arrested after a 60-year-old man was robbed at an ATM in Carlisle.

Police were called to the Sainsbury's on Caldewagate at 7:15 am this morning, Friday 1 August.

The three men, aged 26, 27 and 29, were arrested on suspicion of robbery

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time to get in contact with Cumbria Police on 101.

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Four arrested after Whitehaven sandstone theft

Four people have been arrested in connection with the theft of sandstone bricks in Whitehaven.

A 39-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, both from Whitehaven, were arrested with two men from Frizington, aged 34 and 49. All four have now been released on bail.

Police were called to a property in Moor Row at about 4pm on Sunday, 27 July.

A 65-year-old man reported he had disturbed three men and a woman removing sandstone blocks from the external wall of his property.

The suspects are said to have left the scene in a blue Seat Leon which was later stopped by police.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident.

Anyone who has any information should call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Assault victim encourages others to report abuse

A woman who was abused by her ex-partner has decided to tell her story to encourage other victims to report abuse.

Joy Sayers, 38, from Penrith was abused by her ex-partner. She was left with facial bruising, loss of hair, scratches and grazes to her arms, legs and forehead.

“I would like to encourage anyone who has experienced domestic abuse to come forward so that they can seek justice, and hopefully reduce the risk of it happening to another woman.

“The violence was awful, but the hardest part for me has been the aftermath. Some people in Penrith have accused me of lying and a number of so called friends have taken his side. I never expected this kind of reaction to being assaulted, and the last few months have been incredibly difficult for me.

“However I was determined to see him prosecuted as what he did to me was completely wrong, particularly as our young sons were in the house at the time. Although I would never say anything negative to them about their father, it is important to me that they do not grow up believing that violence is acceptable.

“This is the first time I have ever experienced anything like this – the physical violence was completely out of the blue. It was such a shock and I was really scared to talk to the police about it. However I would like to urge women in a similar position to report violence in the home as no one should have to accept it as part of their life.”

– Joy Sayers, Victim
Joy wants to prevent this from happening to others
Joy wants to prevent this from happening to others Credit: Cumbria Police

In March the incident was reported to Cumbria Police by a member of the public.

Since then her ex-partner Michael Jacques, 50, from Penrith, has been sentenced to 140 days in prison, which has been suspended for 12 months. He must pay £150 compensation, £190 court costs and complete 60 hours community service.

“I am pleased that Jacques has been punished for his actions. Domestic violence will not be tolerated in Cumbria – no one should have to live in fear in their own homes. I would encourage anyone who has any concerns to get in touch; all reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

– DC Cath McFadden, Cumbria Police
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