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Cumbria Police chief 'facing misconduct and corruption probe'

Michelle Skeer Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria's Acting Chief Constable is reportedly facing an inquiry by another police force.

Michelle Skeer was asked in December to temporarily replace Chief Constable Jerry Graham who went on leave due to illness.

It was reported on BBC North West Tonight that an investigation into allegations of misconduct and corruption in office against Mrs Skeer was already under way when she was promoted into the role.

Mrs Skeer had recently been criticised for her handling of concerns raised over the death of Poppi Worthington in Barrow in December 2012.

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Cumbria Chief Constable to return after ill health

Cumbria Constabulary’s Chief Constable Jerry Graham will be returning at the beginning of March following a period of absence due to ill health.

I am pleased to be returning to work. I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages and support during my illness.

– Chief Constable Jerry Graham
Chief Constable Jerry Graham will be returning on March 1. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said: “I am pleased to welcome Chief Constable Jerry Graham on his return following a period of ill health.

"Mr Graham will be returning on 1st March. Due to the length of time that Mr Graham has been away I have agreed that he will return on a phased basis.

“I would like to thank Temporary Chief Constable Michelle Skeer and the Chief Officer Team who stepped up during Mr Graham’s absence and especially for leading the County’s emergency response to Storm Desmond the devastating flooding in early December.

"I have received many appreciative comments from members of the public about the Constabulary’s response to Storm Desmond.”

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Man arrested in connection with Maryport Post Office robbery

A man from Workington has been arrested following the robbery at the Post Office in Maryport yesterday.

The 47 year-old was arrested at the Lanes Shopping Centre in Carlisle this afternoon.

He has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is being questioned by police.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are still appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cumbria Police issue warning to motorists

Members of the public are being warned to expect road disruption across Cumbria due to anticipated surface water flooding and high winds.

Heavy downpours of rain are falling on already saturated ground and is causing surface water flooding on minor roads across the county.

Due to the potentially high winds and wet conditions advice issued to drivers by Cumbria Police is to slow down, plan extra time for your journey and to make sure that your car is equipped to deal with deteriorating weather conditions.

Cumbria Police have received reports of surface water flooding around the Kendal area and are urging motorists not to drive through any water that they cannot judge the depth.

Cumbria Police are currently dealing with a tree that has fallen on the westbound carriageway on the A66 at Embleton. The road is not blocked however police are on scene to assist with traffic and highways are on route to remove the fallen tree.

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