£1.7m drug haul found in Cumbria

A man has been jailed for more than three years after he was stopped with £1.7m worth or amphetamine in his car near Brampton.

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Police issue warning to horse owners

Police are issuing fresh warnings for horse riders after a horse died after it became stuck in mud.

The recent wet weather has left routes used by riders extremely wet and muddy. These conditions can be dangerous to both riders and their animals.

Police were called to Castlerigg in Keswick at 8:30pm on 7 March when they were told there was a horse stuck in mud.

A vet sedated the animal and firefighters managed to free the horse but the it had to be put down for medical reasons.

“This type of tragic incident can be avoided by such things as sticking to dry paths and walkways, checking routes on foot first, don’t go into flooded, wet, or muddy areas or take unnecessary risks. If in doubt take an alternative route or return the way you came. You never know how deep the mud may be.

“If you are unable to avoid the route ensure the horse walks, avoid trotting or cantering.

“If your horse does become stuck in mud, dismount and let go of the reigns, but only if it is safe to do so. Most horses can free themselves from boggy situations."

– PC Alan Taylor for Cumbria

If anyone sees a horse stuck in mud please call the RSPCA emergency line on 0300 1234999.

Police appeal for help to trace vandals

Police are renewing their appeal for help in tracing vandals who attacked a community garden in Workington.

Windows were smashed on the Summer house and fencing ripped down sometime between 6pm on Wednesday 26 March and 10am on Thursday 27 March.

“We urge people to come forward with any information that could help us to catch the vandals. The community garden is a new project which benefits everyone locally, to destroy this has a big impact on the local community who have worked hard to get these facilities in place.”

– Sergeant Christine Armstrong, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Workington police station on 101.

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Egremont man dies after assault

A man has died after an alleged assault in Egremont.

Andrew Paul Armstrong from Central Avenue, Egremont died at the West Cumberland Hospital today, Thursday 3 April.

A post-mortem will shortly be carried out on the 46-year-old.

Police were called at 1:35pm on Sunday, 30 March to a report of an assault at Central Avenue, Egremont.

Two men aged 57 and 17, both from the Egremont area, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but have been released on bail as investigations continue.

“Our thoughts are with Andrew’s family at this awful time. Our investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances that led up to the alleged assault and find out exactly what has happened."

– Detective Inspector Gemma Hannah, Cumbria Police

If anyone has any information about this incident please call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for Detective Sergeant Vasey. Or, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police release CCTV images of a man they want to speak to

Police want to speak with this man in connection with an alleged theft Credit: Cumbria Police

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with an alleged theft from an ATM.

The incident was said to have happened at about 2.55pm on 26 February 2013 at the Co-Operative Store on Curzon Street, Maryport.

The incident is said to have happened on 26 February 2013 Credit: Cumbria Police

The victim attempted to take money from the machine, but was unsuccessful so left. Their account says that £500 was taken from their account.

Anyone who recognises this man should contact police on 101 Credit: Cumbria Police

The man police want to speak to is approximately mid-to-late 40’s with long greying hair.

He was wearing a red bandana, a black bomber jacket and jeans

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Jill Robertson.

Police warn home owners: 'Lock it or lose it'

Cumbria Police are urging homeowners to 'lock it or lose it'.

Incidents of burglaries increase in the summer months as people open windows and doors but forget to lock them.

"We appreciate the need to open windows in warmer weather; however modern deigns allows some security with the windows on a latch, don’t invite thieves into your home. On leaving your property ensure the doors and windows are locked and if away for an extended period, notify a neighbour."

– Inspector Jon Sherlock, Cumbria Police

In 2013, there were 7,977 burglaries reported in residential areas in Cumbria, an increase of just over 4% from 2012.

In 2012 there were 7,643 reported incidents.

“We want to lower the number of victims in residential communities, but we need everyone’s help to do this. By following some simple crime prevention advice people can significantly reduce the risk of burglary.

“The image of a thief with a crow-bar breaking into your home is, in 2014, more commonly replaced by someone walking along a row of terraced houses trying every door handle, entering and stealing from the unfortunate home owner who didn’t lock their door, don’t let that be you."

– Inspector Jon Sherlock, Cumbria Police

Police and Crime plan focuses on priorities

The man in charge of policing in Cumbria has published his priorities for the next three years.

There will be greater emphasis on domestic abuse and sexual assault, as well as cyber crime and online safety. The force has to save ten million pounds between now and 2017.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes says the plan is based on public feedback:

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Workington man gets 5 years for arson

Stephen Logan has been sentenced today for five years Credit: Cumbria Police

Stephen Logan, aged 38 from High Harrington, has been sentenced today to five years for reckless arson.

In October police were called to Shore Road, Salterbeck, in Workington after 3 cars had been set on fire on the street, in the driveway between two houses.

Logan had barricaded the doors of one property with wood and tape before setting fire to the vehicles, knowing that the occupants were at home and close to the cars.

Detective Constable Andy Yoxall said:

“This was a terrifying ordeal for all of the victims. It is a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed. This was a serious incident and the sentence reflects that.”

Police and Crime Plan highlights priority areas

The Police and Crime Plan will be released today by Cumbria Police.

The Plan was originally launched by Commissioner Richard Rhodes in March 2013 and he has set out his intention to review it every year.

The Plan highlights various priority areas, such as tackling online crime as well as providing a better service for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

"Crime and anti-social behaviour can have a big impact on people's lives and we are committed to build on the hard work that already exists in tackling these issues. We are also dedicated to tackling other issues which can have a negative impact on the whole community such as domestic violence, sexual violence, hate crime incidents as well as continuing the work to reduce the harm that alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour can have."

– Temporary Chief Constable, Bernard Lawson
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