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BikeSafe campaign launched in Cumbria

Cumbria Police have launched their annual BikeSafe campaign as the biking season begins.

The initiative has now been run by the force for a number of years and over the next six months, workshops across the county will educate motorcyclists and provide advanced training on road safety.

Workshops will provide advanced safety training Credit: PA

Workshops will be held in Kendal, Carlisle and Workington Fire and Rescue community centres.

Sergeant Jo House, Cumbria Police BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said:

“BikeSafe aims to bridge the gap between having a licence and getting structured training. Regardless of how much or how many years’ experience you have, there is always something to learn when it comes to staying safe on two wheels."


Police investigate attempted hospital break-in

Police are investigating an attempted break-in to stores at Annan Hospital.

The incident is believed to have happened between 12pm on Friday 11 April and 8:30am on Monday 14 April.

No entry was gained to the stores, but around £500 worth of damage was caused to the property.

A white coloured Ford Transit van was seen at the hospital on the afternoon of Sunday 13 April. Police are keen to trace the occupants the van.

Police investigate Scottish Borders break-ins

Police Scotland are appealing for information after several hundred pounds worth of items were stolen from a house in the Scottish Borders.

The incident is thought to have happened in Galashiels between 3pm and 4:50pm on Thursday 3 April.

It's the second break-in in the area within a 24 hour period.

The first incident happened in Coldstream between 2:30pm on Wednesday 2 April and 9:45am the next day.

Nothing has been reported stolen from that property.

Tackling violence top of Police Scotland strategy

Tackling violence and dealing with antisocial behaviour have been made top priorities by the Chief Constable of Police Scotland in a new Police plan published for 2014/15.

The four main priorities are:

  • Violence, disorder and antisocial behaviour
  • Road safety and road crime
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Serious and Organised crime and Counter Terrorism

Local policing 'at heart' of Police Scotland strategy

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, Scotland Police
Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, Scotland Police Credit: PA

Local communities will be placed at the heart of the strategy for Police Scotland its Chief Constable said on the 1st anniversary of the creation of the new police force.

Sir Stephen House said:

'Our policing focus is on keeping people safe. The first twelve months of Police Scotland have allowed us a real opportunity to better target our policing resource to support local communities and tackle the issues that matter most to them in the places they live.'

He said the plans included putting more officers into the community, providing a visible policing presence on streets and building on the high levels of public confidence policing in Scotland.


Intruder in home of elderly woman

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man entered the home of an 85-year-old woman in Stranraer without her permission. Officers say the woman was distressed but not injured during the incident. It happened at 9am on Saturday, March 22nd in the School Road area of the town.

Detectives from Police Scotland want to know the movements of a man described as white, wearing a dark jacket, grey hooded top, blue jeans and black trainers.

Police have issued a reminder to vulnerable people not to open their door to anyone who they do not know and who does not have any official identification visible. A 30 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is being held in custody.

Driver charged over Galashiels monument crash

The damaged Mercat Cross Credit: ITV Border

A motorist has been charged with careless driving after crashing into an historic monument in the Scottish Borders.

The 147-year-old Mercat Cross in Galashiels was badly damaged following a single vehicle collision on Monday 12th March.

Police Scotland have confirmed a 55-year-old man has been charged with careless driving and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal at Selkirk.

Meanwhile, Scottish Borders Council say the monument will need to be taken down for repair and then carefully put back together again.

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