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'Operation Natterjack'

Motorists travelling on parts of the A66 in East Cumbria have come under increased observation from today.

Police are using an unmarked lorry so traffic officers can watch for drivers committing motor offences such as using a mobile phone at the wheel.

The operation, codenamed natterjack, will concentrate on the route east of Penrith to the county boundary.

Kim Inglis reports.

Road safety initiative "Operation Natterjack"

Police fight to keep roads safer Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria police are stepping up their fight to keep our roads safer with an unorthodox road safety initiative this week.

They are using unmarked cars and HGV's to report motorists who break the law.

So far this year 19 people have been killed and 146 people have been seriously injured in road accidents in the county.


New Hutton road in Kendal closed following collision

Police are warning people to avoid New Hutton road in Kendal following a road traffic collision.

Emergency Services are dealing with the one vehicle traffic collision which involved a Toyota Yaris, driven by a male. The vehicle has left the road and gone down a bank.

Police were called at 11.15am today following the collision.

All motorists are being asked to use alternative routes.

Police warn of fraud investigation scam in Kendal

Cumbria Police are advising and warning the local communities about telephone, computer and cold calling scams that they become aware of in their area.

Police have received two reports relating to a scam caller purporting to be a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Fraud Squad in the past week.

Two women in Kendal reported fraud calls Credit: PA

The caller, a male, claims that they are investigating a major fraud case and that the victim’s bank account has been compromised and should move their money immediately to a ‘secret bank account’. The caller has on both occasions referred to himself as Detective Constable David Warren.

On the 10th October a woman in Kendal was called by the fraudster and was coerced into transferring £20,000 into a ‘secret police account’. Once the transaction was completed, the woman reported it to Cumbria Police.

On the 15th October a second woman, also from the Kendal area, received a call from a man claiming to be a DC David Warren from the Metropolitan Police’s Fraud Squad. She was advised to move money into a ‘secret police account’ however transferred this in to her son’s account due to her suspicions. She then reported this to police.

“Police officers will always identify themselves by name and the station they are attached to, they will never ask for your bank details. Unfortunately there are people out there who will attempt to obtain information fraudulently. I strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately."

– InspectorJon Sherlock

Details regarding both incidents have been passed to Action Fraud.

Fuel thefts in West Cumbria

Police are appealing for information after an increase in the number of vehicle petrol tanks being drilled for fuel in West Cumbria.

There have been seven such crimes in the last month, all of which are believed to be linked:

  • · Overnight from 2nd to 3rd October at Main Street, Cockermouth (£45)
  • · Overnight from 2nd to 3rd October at High Brigham, Cockermouth (£30)
  • · Overnight from 2nd to 3rd October at Stair, Keswick (£40)
  • · Overnight from 2nd to 3rd October at Stair, Keswick (£40 – different car)
  • · Overnight from 2nd to 3rd October at High Brigham, Cockermouth (£40)
  • · Overnight from 2nd to 3rd October at High Lorton, Cockermouth (£40)
  • · From 8:20pm – 11pm on 24th September Kirklea Little, Broughton, Cockermouth (no fuel taken – damage to fuel tank)

“We are working hard to trace the person or people responsible for these crimes. However, we rely on members of the public to get in touch to report any suspicious activity they may notice in their local areas – particularly late at night. The use of power tools, and the leaking of fuel, can cause a number of safety concerns."

– PC Andy Mason, Cumbria Police

Anyone with any information should contact Cumbria Police.

Assault in Dumfries

Police in Dumfries are investigating an assault in High Street, Dumfries.

The assault took place on a 19-year-old man who was struck on the face and head a number of times, knocking him to the ground and rendering him unconscious for a short while.

The incident took place at around 12.30am when the man, accompanied by a friend was making his way away from The Globe Inn.

Police want to trace the following man who is suspected of carrying out this assault.

He is described as:

  • 5’9” tall
  • Stocky build
  • Short dark hair
  • Wearing a purple jumper with an Argyll print.

Anyone with any information should contact the Police.


Man given four and half years for gun-threat offence

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 has been sentenced to four and a half years Credit: Cumbria Police

A man from Cumbria has been jailed for four and a half years for offences including threatening a man with a replica gun.

Nicky Horsfall, aged 31 from Hillcrest, Northside Road, Workington was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today.

He had admitted threatening a man with a gun and shouting racial abuse at his victim an earlier hearing.

The incident happened on Northside Road in Workington in the early hours of 12th October 2013.

Horsfall had confronted his 24-year-old victim with a black hand gun and had racially abused him during the incident, in which he also ordered him to knee on the floor.

He was later identified from the description given by his victim.

He was also tried for the possession of indecent images and extreme pornography.

“This was a very distressing ordeal for the victim who was in genuine fear for his life. On examination of the gun, which was located at Horsfall’s home address, it was discovered to be a replica. However it was still used in a threatening way to scare and frighten someone.”

– DC Andy Yoxall

Appeal after fatal road accident in Kirkby Lonsdale

Motorcyclist dies after road accident in Kirkby Lonsdale Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information following an accident in Kirkby Lonsdale in which a 74-year-old motorcyclist was killed.

The accident happened yesterday at around 12.30pm when motorcyclist John Makin was travelling north along the A683 Burrow Road towards Cumbria. The motorcyclist is believed to have completed an overtake manoeuvre before falling from his motorcycle and colliding with a hedge.

Mr Makin, from Abbey Hey, Manchester, was airlifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he later died.

“John Makin, a loving father to his four children and beautiful grandchildren, was taken from us suddenly and too soon. Words cannot describe our loss. He will always be in our hearts forever.”

– Family statement

An investigation to establish the circumstances of the accident is now underway and Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed this collision to contact us.

M74 drugs suspects released

Two men have been interviewed and released after drugs with a street value of more than £100,000 were allegedly discovered in a vehicle on the M74 motorway near Dumfries on Tuesday.

A statement from the Crown Office said the Procurator Fiscal at Lanark received a report relating to an incident involving a 48-year-old man and a 55-year-old man said to have occurred in on the M74 near Junction 14.

The statement added:

"After full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the report, the accused were liberated from custody and did not appear in court. The case remains under consideration by the Procurator Fiscal."

– Crown Office

43-year-old arrested on suspicion of rape

A 43-year-old man, from Carlisle, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault.

The incident was reported on Monday 15th September at around 7pm.

A 26-year-old woman reported the attack on Wigton Road, opposite Trinity Buildings.

"I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward and report anything they may have seen.”

– DC Tom Kirkpatrick
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