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Police re-issue west Cumbria kidnap appeal

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Police are continuing to appeal for information following an alleged kidnap in west Cumbria.

The incident occurred on Monday 2nd November when a 41-year-old man from Egremont was bundled into the back of his own van after being flagged down by a male wearing a head torch, while travelling on Grove Road at around 6.45am.

The victim was tied up and transported in his own van from Grove Road to Mockerkin on an unknown route, arriving at Mockerkin after about an hour.

Police are appealing for information about the movements of the van - a white Citroen Relay High-Top van - on the day of the incident.

“We are still appealing for information from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area; it was very foggy at the time of the incident. Any information, no matter how small it may seem, could prove vital for our investigation.

“I would also like to reassure the public that these type of incidents are extremely rare and we are doing everything we can to ascertain what has happened.”

– Detective Sergeant James Mason of West Cumbria CID

The offender is described as being around 5 foot 7 inches tall, of slim athletic build, with dark cropped hair.

It's believed that another vehicle and possibly two other suspects might have been involved in loading the contents of the victim’s van into another vehicle, at Mockerkin.

The offenders then left the van parked near to Mockerkin, with the victim in the back, and left the scene. At about 3pm the victim managed to turn the hazard warning lights of the van on. This may be recalled by someone who noted the vehicle being there.

He managed to free himself at around 8.45pm and got out of the van. He suffered minor injuries and was not threatened during the incident, but was left shocked and distressed.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from North Cumbria CID or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police hunt Gretna car vandals

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Eight cars parked in Gretna were vandalised causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Police say the vehicles, parked in Central Avenue, had their paintwork damaged at various times of the day on Friday 6 November.

The cars included three BMWs, a Mercedes, a Fiat, A VW, a Peugeot and a Vauxhall Astra.

Police want to speak to anyone with information on who might be responsible.

"This is an absolute act of wanton vandalism for the sake of it. The cars in question were all parked along Central Avenue and whoever is responsible has caused damage which will run into thousands of pounds.

"I would encourage anyone who has any information which might help us identify those responsible to get in touch with us at Gretna on 101."

– PC Calum Benson, Police Scotland


Mass brawl in west Cumbria sparks police investigation

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Police are appealing for information after a big fight involving more than 15 people broke out in Seaton near Workington.

The incident occurred on Saturday 13 June at around 4pm on the bridge crossing over Main Road. Several people were left with injuries that required medical attention although none of the injuries were serious or life-threatening.

Two 16-year-old boys from Workington were arrested in connection with the fight and are on police bail while enquiries continue.

The incident is now being investigated as part of Operation Rodeo, a proactive policing operation aimed at tackling criminal activity in west Cumbria. The operation has a team of dedicated officers working to bring those responsible for disorder and crime to justice.

Police say 56 arrests of local people aged 13 to 40 have been made so far.

“We have made a significant number of arrests as part of Operation Rodeo, and the increase in crime we saw earlier this year has now been reversed by a robust police response. However, we are still actively investigating a number of incidents as part of the operation. I would urge local people to let us know of any information that could be of use to bring those responsible for the disorder in June to justice.

“The day in question was Seaton Carnival Day, so there will have been a number of people in the area who may have witnessed the disorder.

“All reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

– Detective Inspector Dan St Quintin, Cumbria Police

Anyone with information should call Cumbria Police on 101, and ask to speak to West CID. People can also report completely anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

19-year-old man sentenced for child sexual offences

19-year-old man sentenced for child sexual offences Credit: ITV Border

A 19-year-old man from Whitehaven has been sentenced today at Carlisle Crown Court to:

  • Two year supervision requirement
  • Curfew for three months
  • Sex offenders register for five years
  • Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years
  • Court costs of £60

Callum Seth, of Parton, Whitehaven, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

On the evening of Thursday 14 August 2014 Seth was playing football with three boys aged under 10 years old when he made each of the boys expose themselves and perform a sexual act in front of him.

PC Annabel Scott said:

Seth’s behaviour was completely inexcusable, and I am pleased he has been brought before the courts to answer for his crime.

Protecting children in Cumbria is of the utmost importance to the Constabulary, and we work hard to bring those found to be abusing children to justice.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victims and their parents for the bravery in reporting Seth’s actions to the police so that we could investigate.

I would urge anyone who has any concerns regarding inappropriate or abusive activity to get in touch – all reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

– PC Annabel Scott

Anyone with concerns should call Cumbria Police on 101.

Two men remanded in custody over Kelso armed robbery

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Two men have been remanded in custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court in connection with an armed robbery in Kelso earlier this month.

It was the second private court appearance for James Irvine, who is 53, and Steven Modeste, 36, following their arrest.

Both men face charges of assault and robbery as well as possession of a prohibited weapon for their involvement in the robbery which took place at the Original Factory Shop on Bowmont Street.

No plea or declaration was made and the pair were fully committed for trial.

There was no motion for bail and the pair were remanded in custody.

During the raid shop assistants including pregnant 31-year-old Jacqui Young were assaulted, before a sum of money was stolen.

Police Scotland are still keen to trace a third suspect.

Police warn of bogus calls

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Police have waned the public to be aware of bogus telephone calls from people claiming they are from Santander in order to access personal bank information.

In a recent case, the caller asked questions about their personal banking details in order to gain access to their account. This call led to an amount of money being stolen from the victims bank account.

Police are urging people to be aware of the scam, particularly as the caller appears to have a lot of personal information.

Community Safety Inspector Jon Sherlock, said:

I would urge people across Cumbria to be wary of this type of call. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that they should be cautious of anyone who makes contact with them – whether it is in relation to computers, financial accounts, charities, or offers to buy/sell. Don’t allow anyone you don’t know to have your personal bank information.

My advice is to shut down, hang up, or close the door to anyone you don’t know. It isn’t rude – it is a sensible way to keep safe.

A bank will never ask for your personal details over the phone, their story may panic you and you’ll want to do the right thing. Take a breath, compose yourself, hang up and call the bank direct from another phone as the previous caller may still be connected.

Anyone with any concerns should contact Cumbria Police, Trading Standards, or Action Fraud, as appropriate. If you are unsure who to contact call Cumbria Police on 101 and we can give you advice.”

– Community Safety Inspector Jon Sherlock


£45,000 of cereal bars stolen from lorry

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A trailer which was loaded with with over nine tonnes of Kellogg's breakfast bars has been stolen from the Lockerbie Lorry Park at Johnstonebridge.

It's thought the theft took place around 2:30 yesterday morning.

It's estimated that the value of the goods in the trailer amount to around £45,000.

Detective Constable Martin Lumsden from Police Scotland CID said

we are currently carrying out investigations into what is a high value theft which has obviously involved an element of planning. We are reviewing CCTV footage and want to hear from anyone who may have been in or around the area of the lorry park around the time of this theft, or indeed the hours and days prior to the theft as those responsible may have been in area carrying out some form of reconnaissance and planning. Information can be passed to us through the 101 number.

– Detective Constable Martin Lumsden

Police reassure public of social media rumours

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Cumbria Police have received a number of reports around the perceived suspicious activity of two vehicles in west Cumbria.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harwood said:

Rumours and speculation has been building on social media in the last couple of days surrounding suspicious activity from two vehicles.

Police have followed up enquires from members of the public, and no evidence of criminal activity has been found.

I want to reassure the members of our local communities that although there have been rumours circulating on social media of potential house marking and dog thefts no such incidents have been reported to us and our enquiries to date have not disclosed any such incidents in west Cumbria or across the wider county of Cumbria.

However, if anyone has been a victim of crime I would urge them to get in touch and report it so that we can investigate.”

– Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harwood

Man found with knife on A590

Man found with knife on A590 Credit: ITV Border

In the early hours of this morning, police were called to the A590, near Newby Bridge.

There were concerns for the welfare of a man who was reported to have a knife.

Officers negotiated with the man and he was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

There was no perceived threat to the members of the public.

Violent crime crackdown

Operation Rodeo is tackling gang crime in West Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

So far there have been 43 arrests of local people, aged 13 to 40, as part of Operation Rodeo which targets gang crime in West Cumbria.

Most of these arrests are in relation to violence or weapon offences.

A further three males have been arrested and charged with numerous offences in relation to gangs.

  • Stephen Mcdowell, aged 21, has been arrested and charged with two counts of actual bodily harm, one count of common assault, possession of an offensive weapon and grievous bodily harm. He is remanded in custody.
  • Calvin Patrickson, aged 21, has been arrested and charged with two counts of actual bodily harm, one count of grievous bodily harm, one count of common assault and possessing an offensive weapon. He is remanded in custody.
  • Scott Hannon, aged 18, has been arrested and charged with two counts of actual bodily harm, one count of grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon. He was charged to court and returned to HMP Durham.

Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin from Cumbria Police said:

Our dedicated team of detectives are working round the clock to ensure offenders are taken off the streets of West Cumbria and put through the criminal justice system.

We will continue to work hard to keep the people of West Cumbria safe.

We would urge the public to come forward with any information that would help us with our ongoing investigation by calling Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”

– Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin
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