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Cumbria Police urge Longtown residents to be vigilant following car thefts

Cumbria Police are urging people to lock their cars, even if they only leave it for a few seconds Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are urging residents in Longtown to be vigilant, following a number of recent thefts from vehicles in the area.

Between 28th April and 3rd May, police say they have received six reports of thefts and want to ensure people lock their doors and windows to help prevent further incidents.

Vehicles can be seen as an easy target for criminals as cars may have items left in glove compartments or in boots and some people leave tools in vans overnight.

As well as locking doors and windows being locked, making sure nothing of value is left in your car or van overnight is a simple, but effective, method of ensuring your possessions aren’t stolen.

Also consider where you are parking your vehicle. Criminals tend to operate in quieter areas where visibility is reduced. If you have a garage use it, if you don’t ensure alarms and immobilisers are set.

It only takes seconds for someone to come along and open the door and make off with your belongings.

– Sergeant Scott Adams

Police have uploaded security advice on their website and are calling for anyone with information on these incidents to get in touch.

Police concern for missing Longtown man

James Reid. Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are growing concerned about a man from Longtown, who has been missing since yesterday evening.

James Reid, 47, was last seen at his home address on Briar Lea Court at 6:50pm on 5 April.

He is described as white, 5'8" and of stocky build with a bald head.

He may be wearing a black-padded jacket, a grey hoody, jeans or tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Police are urging anyone with information about him to contact them on 101.

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1200 homes without power in Longtown

Electricity North West have confirmed that more than 1200 homes are currently without power in Longtown.

The Energy firm say that their engineers are aware of the problem and are en-route to Longtown.

Three in hospital after Longtown crash

The crash happened on the A6071 near Smalmstown Farm Credit: ITV News Border

Three people are in hospital with serious injuries after a black Vauxhall Astra crashed off the A6071 at Smalmstown Farm near Longtown in the early hours of this morning.

The car left the road on a right-hand bend and crashed through railings into trees and down a bank, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

It was driven by a 33-year old local man, who had to be cut out of the car by fire fighters along with his front passenger.

The driver and two passengers, a 31-year old man from Lockerbie and a 30-year old man from Brampton, were initially taken to the Cumberland Infirmary but have now been transferred to the RVI in Newcastle.

A third passenger, a 16-year old from Gretna, was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary for minor injuries. They had been travelling from Gretna to Longtown.

Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 4.15am on Sunday (10th January) morning.

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Delays expected during Longtown funeral

The funeral is for 10-year-old 'Mikey' Wolfe. Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning motorists to expect delays in the Longtown area today, during a funeral procession in the town.

It takes place between 12pm and 12:30pm from Esk Street to Arthuret Church.

The funeral is for Michael Wolfe, 10, who died after a collision with a tractor in the town on August 10.

WATCH: Tributes to tractor death victim, 10

Cumbria Police have released the name of a ten-year-old boy who died after being hit by a tractor. Michael Wolfe, who was known as Mikey, died at the scene of the crash on the main road through Longtown yesterday.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash, but today Mikey's family have paid tribute to a boy they say will be missed by everyone who knew him. Hannah McNulty reports.

Specially trained officers support the family

Collision Investigation Unit at the scene Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police say specially trained officers are supporting the family of a ten year old boy who died after being struck by a tractor.

The collision happened on High Street in Longtown, near Carlisle, just before 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

The tractor was being driven by a 58 year old man from the Carlisle area. Police are asking witnesses to contact them.

Scene of the collision Credit: ITV Border
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