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Police appeal for information after Penrith robberies

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with three robberies Credit: Cumbria Police

Police in Penrith are appealing for information after three thefts from the WHSmiths store in Penrith, during June 2014.

Officers would like to speak to the man in the photographs in connection with the thefts, which occurred on the Friday 6, Saturday 7, and Wednesday 25 June.

If you recognise him you should call Cumbria Police on 101 Credit: Cumbria Police

£400 worth of fountain pens were stolen in the robberies.

Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information about the incidents, is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Crime Commissioner to hold public surgeries

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner is to hold two surgeries in Penrith and Carlisle.

Richard Rhodes will be holding a surgery at Booths in Penrith between 1-3pm on Wednesday, 20 August.

The Carlisle session will be between 3:30pm and 5:30pm at the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre on Tursday, 21 August.

He is inviting people to go along and share their views about policing in the county.

“A key responsibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner is listening to the views of the people of Cumbria and using them to influence the future policing in the county. It is important that as many people as possible could come along to the surgeries and share their issues and views.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Pre-booked appointments can be made for the first hour but you can also attend without an appointment.

To book a time slot, please email or ring 01768 217734.

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.

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.

Chief Constable will deliver an 'effective policing service'

Cumbria Constabulary's new Chief Constable has officially begun his new job today.

Jerry Graham has been in the police force since 1985, joining Cumbria in 2009.

Since then he's played numerous roles within the force but his new position will make him one of the most powerful police officers in the country.

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.

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