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Crime rises in Cumbria

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Crime in Cumbria has risen by 4% over the last year, according to figures released this morning

But the county's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes claims that while this is disappointing, there has been a 15% drop in antisocial behaviour in the same period.

He says that the longterm trend in crime is also down, with overall crime falling by 10.8% and anti-social behaviour falling by 45.6% over the last five years.

Police hunt man armed with shotgun in Lockerbie

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Armed response vehicles and a police helicopter have been searching for a man seen in Lockerbie carrying a shotgun.

Police received reports just after 10am yesterday that a man had been spotted by a passing motorist at the side of the Lockerbie to Corrie road near to Corrielaw Lodge in possession of a shotgun.

The only description of the man is that he was wearing a red jacket and jeans.

Police Scotland officers from the area, supported by the Armed Response Vehicle and the Police Scotland helicopter attended and searched the surrounding area however the man was not traced.

"In response to a call about a man carrying a shotgun on the Lockerbie to Corrie road we deployed appropriate resources to carry out a thorough search of the area.

"Local officers were supported by the armed response vehicle and the police helicopter. We have no yet traced anyone and I would ask that anyone who may have been on this road around 10am yesterday to get in touch if they can help identify him. I would also ask that the man himself comes forward and identifies himself to the police in order to provide an explanation as to the circumstances."

– Steven Lowther, Police Scotland Operational Commander Superintendent

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland at Lockerbie on 101.


Vandals target cars in Dumfries

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Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to parked cars in Dumfries.

A Mazda 3 left outside a house in Summerville Crescent was targeted sometime overnight on Thursday 14 or Friday 15 May and repairs are expected to cost around £800.

A silver coloured Nissan Micra parked in Aldermanhill Road was damaged to to the tune of £1,000 between 5pm on Friday 15 May and 2pm on Saturday 16 May and police are keen to trace a number of people who appeared to be causing a disturbance in the area sometime between 2am and 3am on Saturday.

In Glebe Street a silver Skoda Fabia was vandalised overnight on Friday 15/Saturday 16 May and a disturbance was heard in the street at about 2.30am on Saturday in the vicinity of where the car was parked.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

'Despicable' break-in at 90-year-old's home

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Police Scotland is investigating what they describe as a "despicable crime" in Eastriggs.

More than £1,500 worth of jewellery was stolen from a 90-year-old woman, including an engagement ring, when her home was broken into in the early hours of Wednesday 6 May.

The supsect, who fled the scene when the woman woke, is described as being between 5'7" to 5'9" tall and is of stocky build.

He was wearing a dark zipper/windstopper type jacket with a flash of red on the chest, with a hood which came down over his face, and black trousers and footwear.

"This is one of the worst types of crime that we have to investigate where an elderly lady, in bed in her own home, has her house broken into and has to confront the intruder."

– Detective Constable Scott Barr, Police Scotland

Police probe hospital death

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Police in Cumbria are investigating after the death of a woman at a hospital in Carlisle.

The probe is being carried out after a 57-year-old woman died at the Cumberland Infirmary on Sunday.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has promised there will be a "full and thorough investigation" to determine what happened.

We are saddened to confirm that a patient safety incident has taken place and we have declared this in line with our incident reporting process.

“The Trust is now supporting our staff to take all required immediate steps and we will conduct a full and thorough investigation.

Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.”

– Spokesperson, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

£200,000 of drugs found after police stop car on M6

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An estimated £200,000 worth of cocaine and amphetamine was found in car stopped by police on the M6 last night.

The Vauxhall Vectra was stopped at around 10.30pm near Kendal.

A 42-year-old male from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs, and is currently helping police with enquiries.


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

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.

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