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Jail 'inevitable' for Carlisle man found guilty of sexual abuse

Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A man is facing an "inevitable" jail sentence after being found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl.

60-year-old Robert Ferguson went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

He had denied a charge of causing or inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity, on a date before June 19 in 2015.

But after hearing all evidence in the case, a jury has found Ferguson guilty on a majority verdict.

During the trial, jurors heard the girl said that Ferguson had asked her to keep his criminal conduct "secret". Officers had initially been informed about his illegal activity amid concern over a picture the youngster had drawn.

Upon hearing the jury's verdict, Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned sentence to 20 June and remanded Ferguson, of Warwick Road in Carlisle, in custody.

Judge Hughes told him the sentence he would pass next month "must inevitably be a custodial one".


Total of six-and-a-half years behind bars for Carlisle thugs

Three men have been jailed for their roles in "cowardly" violence which flared up in Carlisle city centre.

A powerful punch by Leon Hull, 25, began trouble in Englishgate Plaza car park in the early hours of 29th November last year.

Both he and his brother, Kane Hull, 23, then kicked an unidentified male victim as he desperately curled himself into a ball on the floor.

Brian Morris, 23, kicked a second victim during an incident which was captured on CCTV cameras.

Footage of the shocking incident was played at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday. The three men were sentenced for what Judge Peter Davies called a "cowardly" joint attack.

Guilty pleas were entered by the trio to a charge of violent disorder. Kane Hull also admitted possessing a bottle which he used to repeatedly strike one man.

Leon Hull and Kane Hull, both of Springkell, Aspatria, were each jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Morris, of Dowbeck Road, Carlisle, was sent to prison for 18 months. "It was serious, violent disorder," Judge Davies told the men.

Carlisle drug dealers jailed

Adam Oakley and Craig Corner Credit: Cumbria Police

Two men have been jailed for dealing drugs in Carlisle with a street value of £250,000.

Adam Oakley, 30, of Raven Street, Carlisle, was sentenced to ten years and Craig Corner, 41, of Quinton Gardens in the city, caged for four years for possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

The duo were sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Their sentences are part of Operation Cornflake, which saw police recover cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis with a street value of quarter of a million pounds.

Oakley and Corner both pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court in July 2015.

“This was a small, yet organised, consortium whose sole intention was to sell significant amounts of cocaine and other drugs in Carlisle.

“One of Cumbria Constabulary’s priorities is to target those who pose the greatest risk to our communities and we will continue to take them off the streets and bring them to justice.

“Craig Corner’s role was to travel to Liverpool and convey the drugs back to Carlisle, his sentence should act as a deterrent to others who may be asked to undertake such a journey.

“Adam Oakley’s role was far more serious, he was caught red-handed mixing cocaine with adulterants to substantially increase its value.

“The courts have handed down sentences that reflect the damage these individuals are doing to society and show it won’t be tolerated.

“This should serve as a warning to others involved in this type of serious criminality and who are damaging our communities, at some point in the future, you will be put in front of the courts to answer for what you are doing.”

– Temporary Detective Superintendent Paul Duhig


Arsonist jailed for setting fire to house with wife and children inside

Thomas Galloway Credit: Cumbria Police

An arsonist has been jailed for setting fire to a bed inside a house while his wife and three children slept.

Thomas Galloway, 22, of Thomas Street, Carlisle was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today to five years for arson with intent to endanger life.

At 5am on 17 April police were called to a house fire at a property on Thomas Street in Carlisle.

Following police investigation it was established that Galloway started the fire deliberately. While nobody was injured, extensive damage was caused to the property.

“Galloway knowingly put the lives of his wife and children in danger due to his actions. Thankfully no one was hurt, however this incident could have easily ended in tragedy. Justice has been served today, and I hope it gives the victims the opportunity to move on with their lives.”

– DC Fiona Murray, Cumbria Police

Burglar jailed for £4,500 break-in

Ryan Palmer Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

A burglar has been jailed for his role in the theft of property from a Kendal business, which left the owners with a £4,500 bill.

Ryan Palmer, 36, admitted to breaking into A-ha Distribution during the night of September 18 last year.

Tools, a vacuum cleaner, and cash to the value of £411.96 were taken and around £4,000 damage was caused to a van at the site.

Palmer, a man with 35 previous convictions for 94 criminal offences, was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 30 April, for his involvement in the incident.

Several burglars were said to have been involved but nobody else was charged in connection with the incident.

Lorry driver jailed for drink driving

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A lorry driver who was nearly four times over the drink-drive limit near Carlisle has been jailed for 120 days.

Martin Tazky, from Slovakia, was stopped at a vehicle checkpoint on the M6 at Todhills.

As well as going to prison, he's been disqualified from driving for 27 months and will have to take an extended test before getting behind the wheel again.

Disgraced Councillor jailed for further 4 years.

Tony Brunskill will serve a total of 14 years for sexually abusing boys. Credit: ITV Border

Tony Brunskill, the former Eden Council chairman and businessman, has been jailed for a further four years after admitting sexually abusing a fourth victim. He admitted the further charges, committed between 1975 and 1981, when he worked at Rossall School in Fleetwood in Lancashire.

Brunskill is already serving a 10 year sentence for abusing three other schoolboys. Carlisle Crown Court heard he lavished the boy, who was aged between 11 and 13 years old, with gifts before abusing him.

In a statement, which was read out to the court, his victim described feeling 'trapped and disgusted' and said Brunskill was "like a spider, weaving his web of entrapment."

The 66 year old appeared in the dock from prison and stood with his head bowed as the judge told him he was 'deeply manipulative and had grossly abused his position of trust.'

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