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999 calls in West Cumbria back up and running

Police say people in West Cumbria can now call 999 from landlines after a technical problem was fixed by BT.

The fault meant that 3,000 landlines in Workington, Harrington and Cleator Moor were unable to get through on the 999 emergency number.

Cumbria Police say that if you are unable to get through on a landline then you should call 999 using a mobile phone.

Police investigate spate of burglaries

Cumbria Police are investigating a spate of burglaries, mainly in the Eden area.

At some point between 11pm on 12 February and 6am on 13 February 2015 a burglary occurred at a property on Bower Street.

An offender stole a blue Volkswagen Polo car, a PS4 and an Apple laptop.

The vehicle was eventually located near Langwathby.

Further burglaries then occurred:

  • At a property on Croft Terrace, Penrith, between midnight on 2 March and 12:17am on 2 March where an offender stole a pedal cycle from an outbuilding.
  • At a property on Monks Close, Penrith, between 10:30pm on 1 March and 6:40am on 2 March where an offender stole a Honda KB suitcase generator, Stihl saw and a 12-inch wacker plate.
  • At a second property on Monks Close, Penrith, between 4pm on 1 March and 6:50am on the 2 March where an offender stole two hammers and a wooden handed shovel.
  • At a property on Scotland Road, Penrith, between 11pm on 1 March and 7am on the 2 March where an offender has attempted to gain access to a garage door causing damage.

A 23-year-old man from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, and bailed until 13 April 2015.

“We are appealing for anyone who has any information regarding these incidents to get in touch.

In particular we would like information on the vehicle that was stolen from Bower Street.

Any information, no matter how insignificant you may deem it, could be crucial to our investigation.”

– Temporary Detective Constable Adam Braniff, North Cumbria CID

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Police appeal following alleged assault in Workington

Credit: Cumbria police

Cumbria police are looking for the man in this CCTV image in connection with an alleged assault.

The incident occurred at Workington bus station on Saturday 29 November 2014 between 7.20pm and 7.40pm.

The victim, a 16 year old girl, was uninjured.

Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information about the incident, should contact Cumbria police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after Cumbria theft

Police have released images of two people they want to speak to following an incident at a shop in Wigton.

The CCTV images show a man and a woman entering The Factory Shop on Kings Street.

Detectives say a large quantity of DVDs were taken from the store on Thursday.

Anyone with information should contact Cumbria police.

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Concern after man goes missing in Cumbria

Police are concerned for the welfare of a man after he went missing in near Kirkby Lonsdale.

Kenneth Ward, 73, from Runcorn, was last seen early yesterday afternoon.

He is described as white, of large build, approximately 6ft tall and has thinning grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with jeans, and is possibly wearing glasses.

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Police.

Police investigate Cumbria sex assault

Cumbria Police are investigating a serious sexual offence in Dalton-on-Furness in the early hours of Friday 6th February.

They're asking anyone who was in either the Golden Ball pub or the Horse and Jockey pub the evening before (Thursday 5th February) to contact them.

They're also asking anyone that was in Tudor square that saw either a lone man or a man and woman walk in the direction of George Romney School to get in touch by calling 101 or Crimestoppers Anonymous on 0800555111.

Tributes paid to Windermere tractor crash victim

Elaine Steele, 59, died in a road traffic collision on the A591 near Windermere Credit: Cumbria Police

Tributes have been paid to a pedestrian who died in a crash involving a tractor and a car near Windermere.

Elaine Steele, 59, from Oxenholme, was killed in the collision on the A591 at Troutbeck Bridge at around 4:30pm on February 6. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement, the family of Elaine Steele said:

“Elaine was very kind to all that knew her, soft hearted and would do anything for anybody. Elaine worked at Whitecross Bay and was well liked by all that knew her. The tragic news has come as such a shock and all the family are devastated.”

– Family of Elaine Steele

Increasing concern for missing Carlisle man

Police have released CCTV images of the man. Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man from Carlisle who's been missing for nearly a fortnight.

Caspar Capel, 43, was last seen at Eden Housing, Penrith, on Wednesday 14 January 2015.

It's believed he may be in the Brampton or Penrith area.

He's described as white, of slim build, with short black hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a dark jacket with green coloured sleeves, black trousers and a flat cap.

“It has now been nearly a fortnight since Mr Capel went missing, and we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

“I would encourage anyone who may have seen Mr Capel to get in touch with any information they may have. I would also urge Mr Capel if he sees this appeal to let us know he is safe and well.”

– Sgt Grant Stevens, Cumbria Constabulary
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