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Suspicious activity in Cumbria

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Police in north Cumbria are encouraging members of the public to call them about suspicious activity.

It follows a number of reports and social media discussions about suspicious vehicles.

Concerns so far have centred around men selling fish door to door, unnecessarily loitering on private grounds, and unexplained markings appearing on gate posts.

I’d like to thank those people who called in about suspicious vehicles in the Appleby and Long Marton area. The police do respond to these calls and wherever possible track down the vehicles involved.

“As a result of these calls, in recent weeks vans have been stop checked and premises in adjacent police areas searched under warrants but no stolen property or animals have been discovered yet.

“A number of thefts and burglaries have occurred over the same period of time, involving bikes and fuel, so I ask that people continue to ring us with their information and we will investigate further.”

– Sergeant Mike James, of the Eden Neighbourhood Policing Team

Almost 1/3rd of taxis deemed unfit in police clamp down

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Almost 1/3rd of taxis in Dumfries and Galloway were deemed unfit for purpose following a police clamp down last weekend.

On Friday, officers from the Divisional Roads Policing Team at Dumfries carried out checks on taxis and private hire cars in the area.

A total of eighteen vehicles were stopped, with only eight achieving a clean bill of health.

Of the rest, five were "prohibited from continuing to operate due to mechanical concerns", with the other five allowed to continue despite the identification of minor defects.

A review of licensing conditions relating to taxis and private hire cars is currently being undertaken by the Local Authority.

It is important that members of the public are confident that the vehicles they are hiring are roadworthy and safe.

We also take the opportunity to check that drivers are correctly licensed. Taxis and private hire cars can cover a very high mileage between mandatory maintenance tests .

We work closely with the Local Authority to report and identify any serious issues. Fortunately, in most occasions vehicles are kept up to a good standard and often advice can be provided."

– Inspector David Blacklock, Licensing Section at Cornwall Mount

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Knifepoint robbery in Galashiels

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Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating after a taxi driver was robbed by a passenger at knifepoint in Galashiels.

The taxi driver was uninjured after the incident, which happened in Tully Court at 12.30am this morning after he picked up a fare from Channel Street.

The suspect made off with a sum of cash. He is described as 6ft in height, thin build, mid 20s, with a Glasgow accent, and wearing camouflaged trousers and jackets, with black boots and a white Famous Grouse beanie hat.

Police are asking for any witnesses who may have information to contact them.

Man charged after injuring police officer

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A shoplifter will appear in court tomorrow after injuring a police officer in the Scottish Borders this morning.

The man "struggled violently with officers" while attempting to resist arrest at a Tesco store on Paton Street in Galashiels. This resulted in an injury to the leg of an officer, who then had to be taken to the Borders General Hospital for treatment.

The 42-year-old offender will appear in Selkirk Sherriff Court, charged with theft by shoplifting, resisting arrest and possession of a knife.

Accordion stolen in Dumfries

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An accordion has been stolen from a music shop in Dumfries.

The red Rossini brand instrument is worth over £300, and was stolen from the John Douglas Music Shop on Great King Street.

Police want to speak to two people who were int the shop when the item was stolen at around 3.55pm yesterday. They were accompanied by a small boy who was about 4 years old and are described as:

  • A man, about 5'10" tall and around 25 years old with a shaved head and stocky build. He spoke with an Irish accent and may have been wearing a denim top.
  • A woman, about 5'8" and in her early 20s, who may have been wearing a hat and seemed to be about 6 months pregnant.

"An accordion is not something that you can easily conceal when stealing it and we are seeking the help of anyone who may have been in the town centre to get in touch if they can assist us in identifying these two people."

– Constable Dale McEwan of the Town Centre Community Policing Unit

Man charged for Galashiels break-ins

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Police in Galashiels have arrested and charged a man in connection with a "number of local housebreakings".

The 24-year-old was found in a private garden at a home in Lawyers Brae on Wednesday night .

He has also been charged with three separate reports of housebreaking in the town and will appear in court at a later date.

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Two young girls attacked in West Cumbria

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Two young girls were attacked while walking their dog in West Cumbria.

It happened at around 7pm last night between St Bees village and Egremont.

They were walking in the Baybarrow Road area when a man, over six foot tall, grabbed one of the girls and used a sharp object to slash her thigh.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Whitehaven police.

Operation Spectrum launched to improve road safety

Those who park on double yellow lines will be prosecuted as part of Operation Spectrum Credit: ITV Border

A police operation has been launched to try and prevent road accidents outside schools across Cumbria.

Parents who park on zig zag or double yellow lines are being targeted as part of Operation Spectrum.

The police are handing out leaflets to people this week, but they say they will start prosecuting offenders next week.

Police in Cumbria want to speak to this man

Police are keen to speak to this man Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Police in Cumbria have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to about a case of shoplifting in Carlisle.

The incident occurred on January 28 when goods to the value of £30 were taken from the Co-Op store at Stonegarth.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

The incident occurred on January 28 Credit: Cumbria Constabulary
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