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Explosion resident warned he may have to be evacuated

Martyn Benson took this photograph of the car being moved. Credit: Martyn Benson.

A resident of the street on which bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion of a car outside Workington Police Station says officers then used an automated robot to search the suspicious vehicle.

Martyn Benson received a knock on his door by a police officer at around 7:20am this morning.

She said there was an incident in the police station and could we move away from the windows to the front room and there was a possibility of being evacuated so that's what we did.

About 10 minutes later there was a loud bang followed a couple of minutes later by another loud bang at the back.

Being a bit nosey we went to the window and saw the bomb disposal unit at the gates of the police station, and they were in the process of using an automated robot to make their way to a car.

– Martyn Benson

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Road re-opened after suspicious incident

Cumbria Police say a road has re-opened after a controlled explosion was carried out in Workington.

It followed what the police described as a suspicious incident involving a vehicle outside Workington Police Station.

The A596 road was closed for around an hour while bomb disposal experts carried out the explosion. The police say there was no danger to the public.

Controlled explosion planned after suspicious incident in Workington

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Cumbria Police say a controlled explosion will take place outside Workington Police Station after a suspicious incident involving a vehicle.

Bomb disposal experts are at the scene on Hall Brow.

The police say there is no threat to the public at this time, but the road has been closed and people are being asked to avoid the area.

Extra police for Black Eye Friday

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Extra Police will be on duty across the region for the second so-called "black eye Friday" of the festive season.

It's traditionally the day when many people finish work for Christmas and go out drinking.

In the past it has been associated with people getting into fights, so officers are asking people to stay on the right side of the law.

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Car stolen and set on fire in Dumfries

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Police are appealing for information after a car was stolen and found on fire in Dumfries.

The blue Ford Focus was taken from the driveway of a house in Callum Road in the early hours of Sunday.

The car was later reported on fire in Lochfield Road at around 7:35am on Sunday morning.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but not before the vehicle was extensively damaged.

"We are keen to trace the following described man who was seen in the Callum Road area at around 0345 on Sunday morning.

"He appeared to be ringing doorbells in the street and is described as being in his late 20s, had a beard and was wearing a black jacket.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this car being driven in the Dumfries area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The number of the car is SD 10 XEU."

– Constable Chris Kemp, Police Scotland

Police target nuisance motorcycles

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Police have been checking motorcyclists in Jedburgh following reports of antisocial off-road riding near the town.

On Sunday seven motorcycles were stopped near to Pennymuir.

All of the vehicles and riders were checked and no crimes or vehicle defects were identified. Having been informed of the potential offences if caught riding motorcycles in this area, police say the riders opted to leave and take up their activities elsewhere.

A further seven motorcycles and riders were then checked at the Cannongate car park, resulting in two riders being issued with non-endorsable tickets in relation to the mechanical state of their vehicles.

"Members of the public and local councillors have identified a number of areas off-road that required police attention due to recent incidents involving the antisocial use of motorcycles and similar vehicles. These areas have historic significance and are used by a large number of walkers.

"We have responded with the activity over the weekend and will continue to monitor these areas to detect any offences and offer appropriate advice to motorcyclists.

"In addition, we will be liaising with both Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland in relation to the use of motorcycles in Deer Street and surrounding areas."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

Police investigating suspicious fire

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Police are investigating a suspicious fire at an empty house in Gretna.

The blaze broke out sometime before 10am yesterday at a property in Esk Road.

"While the house was empty and no-one is living there just now this was still a reckless and very stupid act of fire-raising.

"The consequences could have been tragic had the fire taken hold. This act happened in broad daylight and we are appealing for anyone who may have been around in the Esk Road area on Sunday morning get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious."

– Constable Clare Cavanagh, Police Scotland

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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