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‘Missing from Home’ Project gets support

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Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner has joined with Barnardo’s, Cumbria Constabulary, and Cumbria County Council to explore why children go missing from home and what can be done to support them.

Barnardo’s will lead research into why children leave home and what more can be done to support them before, and the Police and Crime Commissioner will help fund the project.

In 2014, over 600 children went missing from home in Cumbria and Richard Rhodes says he understands the distress this causes for those involved.

"A child missing from home for any period of time is distressing for all.

“I am pleased to be match funding the proposal by Barnardo’s to undertake this project which looks at the reasons children and young people go missing, and what can be done to support them.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner


Over 400 complaints made against Cumbria Police

Almost 400 complaints have been made against Cumbria Police between 2012/13.

The number of allegations increased of nearly 32 per cent between November 2012 and the same month last year.

A new report due before Cumbria Police and the executive board of the Crime Commissioner tomorrow found 397 complaints were made compared with 302 over the same period in 2011/12.

The figures show 50 complaints were made in March, followed by 43 in July and 36 in June and August.

The most common type of allegations were unprofessional conduct and oppressive behaviour.

Two allegations of discriminatory behaviour, involving racism towards offenders on arrest, by the police were also recorded. One was not upheld while the other is still under investigation.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner: One year on

It is exactly a year since Cumbria's first Police & Crime Commissioner took up his role, and in an interview for ITV Border tonight he speaks candidly about some of the difficulties he has faced.

Richard Rhodes' time in office has to some extent been overshadowed by a row over his expenses after he claimed seven hundred pounds for chauffeur driven work trips.

The year has also seen the lengthy suspension of the former temporary chief constable, Stuart Hyde. Mr. Hyde was subsequently cleared of misconduct but left the force today for his retirement.

Reflecting on his first year in the job, Richard Rhodes told Ryan Dollard it has not been an easy one:

Full Report: No criminal action in Cumbria Police whistleblowing case

One of Cumbria's MPs says questions should be asked about why the county's police force spent so much time and money investigating a whistle-blowing case - only for it to end with no charges being brought.

The 6 month investigation followed the leaking of information about the Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes's expenses.

However, MP Tim Farron says the decision not to prosecute vindicates his view that these were whistleblowers and not criminals.

Tim Backshall reports.

Tim Farron MP: "Questions should be asked" about handling of whistleblowing case

The MP for South Lakes, Tim Farron, has commented on the news that no one will be prosecuted after a six-month long police investigation into a whistle-blower who leaked a crime commissioner's expenses claims for chauffeur-driven cars.

"I welcome the news that the final person who remained under investigation over the Richard Rhodes leaked documents case has been released without charge.

"This is good news and vindicates what I and others have been saying for months - that these people are whistleblowers and not criminals."

“The Police have spent a huge amount of money and time on this investigation while disrupting the lives and careers of a number of people by these arrests.

"Given that people in Cumbria sometimes feel let down by the way the Police allocate resources, questions should be asked about why the Force spent so much time and resources on a case that affected the constabulary itself when we have finished with no action being taken.”

– Tim Farron MP


Cumbria whistleblowing case: Police statement

Police in Cumbria have released the following statement in relation to news that a woman who works for Cumbria Police, will not face criminal action over an alleged leak about the expenses of Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes.

"The criminal investigation by Cumbria Constabulary, launched after police received concerns that information was leaked to the media relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner, is now complete.

"A 50 year old woman, an employee of Cumbria Constabulary, arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct in a public office on 10 April 2013, will face no criminal action.

"A misconduct investigation will now commence in relation to any internal breach of the Code of Conduct. She remains suspended from work.

"Cumbria Constabulary’s staff and police officers have a duty to protect and manage the information they have privileged access to.

"Any allegations relating to a breach of this position need to be investigated to ensure our communities can have trust and confidence in the way we deliver policing in the county."

Woman faces no criminal action after police info leak concerns

A woman who was arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct while working for Cumbria Police will face no criminal action.

Her arrest related to concerns that information had been leaked to the media relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner on 10 April 2013.

The 50-year-old woman remains suspended from work.

Police will now begin a misconduct investigation in relation to any believed internal breach of the force's code of conduct.

Cumbria's Chief Temporary Constable to 'resign or retire'

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Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has called for Temporary Chief Constable to either resign or retire.

Stuart Hyde was appointed in January 2012 but was suspended in September, following complaints of misconduct.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said:

“After careful consideration I am proposing to start the process to ask Temporary Chief Constable Hyde to retire or resign under the section 38 (3) of the PRSRA, in the meantime he has been suspended."

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