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Police trying to unite owners with stolen goods

It's thought these items were stolen at the end of June Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are trying to find the owners of the items pictured after they were found in Keswick.

It's thought they were all stolen from the Keswick are at sometime during the last week in June.

The items include jewellery, an Acer tablet and a camera.

If you, or someone you know, is the rightful owner of anything in the picture you should contact Detective Constable Rebecca Fox on the 101 number.

£200 of stationary stolen from WH Smith in Penrith

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft Credit: Cumbria Police

Stationary worth £200 has been stolen from a shop in Penrith.

Cumbria Police would like to speak to a man (pictured above) in connection with the theft.

It happened at the WH Smiths store on Saturday, 7 June 2014.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 2080 Warman, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police officer telephone scam targets Cumbria

People are being warned of a telephone scam, in which people claiming to be police officers call and claim that they are following up enquiries following an accident.

The caller is not a police officer and it is believed the cold caller is trying to obtain details to claim for compensation.

The number they are calling from is 01618182004.

Police are advising people to ignore or hang up calls from this number. They also advise to be wary that they may ring back immediately following been hung up on and police ask that this be simply ignored.

'Police officers will always identify themselves by name and the station they are attached to. Unfortunately there are people out there who will attempt to obtain information fraudulently. I strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately.

If you are ever unsure if a call from the police is genuine, ask for the person’s name and then hang up. Using a different phone, as the caller may still be linked to yours, dial 101 and ask for that specific person – if they are genuine, the Communications Centre will be able to put you through to them.'

– Inspector Jon Sherlock, Cumbria Police

For more advice, visit the Action Fraud website here.

Special Constabulary praised for work at the Cumberland Show

Cumbria's Special Constabulary have been praised for their volunteer work at the Cumberland Show.

A team of special constables gave time to patrol, manage traffic and help the public at the event.

The Cumberland Show committee rewarded the team with a cheque for £500, which will be donated to the Carlisle Youth Zone.

'Carlisle Youth Zone believes passionately in giving young people opportunities to engage in positive and meaningful activities and we’re delighted that Cumbria Special Constabulary clearly feels the same way.

With this generous donation we can ensure that more young people can participate in activities, trips, and projects encouraging personal responsibility, tolerance, and respect.'

– Lynsey Buckle, Development Manager for Carlisle Youth Zone

'The Special Constabulary continues to provide support to the regular force and provide a policing resource when and where it is needed.

This is a perfect example of how the Special Constabulary continues to support the communities of Cumbria by supporting Carlisle Youth Zone to provide further opportunities for young people.

This shows the dedication and commitment of all officers involved. We are very grateful for the kind donation to Carlisle Youth Zone'.

– Lee Grieves, Special Chief Inspector


Man found with firework, not firearm

A 22-year-old from Whitehaven has received a fixed penalty notice for throwing a firework in a public place.

On 30th June, a white Volvo car had been reported to the police 'acting suspiciously' and people had heard what they thought to be shots fired. Four men were arrested.

However, now three of the men have been released with no further action to be taken at this time. No firearm was recovered and police do not believe that a weapon was fired.

'Lock it or lose it' warning after burglaries

Police are encouraging people to be aware of security measures to keep their house safe Credit: PA

People in North Cumbria are being warned to 'lock it or lose it' following a spate of burglaries in the area.

Four burglaries were carried out over the past few days with three at houses in Carlisle and one at a farm near Penrith.

Three cars stolen in Cumbria

Three cars have been stolen in two separate burglaries in Cumbria.

The first burglary took place at Lower Abbotsgate in Kirkby Lonsdale at 4am on Saturday 28th June. Burglars forced entry into the house, took a wallet, car keys and a Mercedes car worth £38,000.

A second burglary happened between 12am and 8am on the 28th also, at Castle Road, Kendal. Burglars entered through an unlocked door, stole three sets of car keys and two Volkswagen Golf cars. The cars are valued at around £13,000.

People are being encouraged to be more cautious:

'We ask that members of the public take the matter of securing their property seriously in order to prevent them being a victim of crime. Simple steps by making sure that all windows and doors are locked overnight significantly increases the chance that you will not be burgled.

We also ask that you don’t leave expensive equipment or keys in view. Thieves are opportunists and given the chance they will not think twice about stealing from you.'

– Sergeant Mick Dodd, Cumbria Police
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