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Public cost of Cumbria Police set to increase

The Police and Crime Panel met today. Credit: ITV Border

The amount people in Cumbria pay for policing is set to increase.

The Police and Crime panel voted in favour of raising the policing part of the council tax by 1.90%.

That would mean an increase of £3.96 for a Band D property.

Cumbria Police is facing nearly £11 million of cuts from central Government and last week announced plans to axe more than 150 police officers.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes consulted with the public before proposing the council tax increase, which would mean someone living in a band D property paying an extra £3.96 per year.

"The message from the people I met during the consultation is that they are willing to pay a few pence a week more in order to keep Cumbria safe."

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

The Commissioner will agree the final budget at an Executive board meeting in February.

Police cuts under the spotlight

Frontline officers will be reduced by 14 percent. Credit: ITV Border

Proposals to cut more than a hundred and fifty police officers in Cumbria will come under the spotlight today.

The county's police and crime panel - made up of local councillors - will discuss the plan with the county's Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner.

The force is considering the move because it's facing cuts of £10.8 million to its budget.

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Man arrested following crime spree

Police in the Borders have arrested and charged a 16-year-old man following a series of crimes committed in the Hawick area.

A total of five crimes were committed between Saturday November 29 and Wednesday January 7, including serious assault, assault and robbery, and theft from a motor vehicle.

He has also been charged with possession of cannabis.

He appeared at Jedbergh Sheriff's Court on Friday, January 9, and was subsequently released on bail.

"These crimes have caused significant distress to a number of people in the Hawick area over recent weeks.

"This behaviour is completely unacceptable and we are committed to ensuring that perpetrators of crimes such as these are found and brought to justice."

– DCI Stephen Healy

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact Police Scotland immediately on 101 or contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police warn drivers to take care in bad weather

Cumbria Police are warning people to drive carefully following strong overnight winds, which have resulted in a number of blocked roads due to fallen trees. They say the following are affected.

· Whiteriggs, Kirkbride, Nr Wigton,

· Catlowdy

· A689, Alston

· Little Blencow, near the B5305, Penrith

· Lazonby, Penrith

· Rayrigg Road, Windermere

· Lindeth Drive, Windermere

· Catlands, Carlisle

· Portinscale, Keswick

· Rockcliffe, Carlisle

· Sands Ave, Kendal

Police are urging people to check the roads before driving as the bad weather is forecast to continue over the weekend, with some flooding possible . They're asking people to drive to the conditions and not to attempt to drive through any flood water.

Scottish police warn motorists ahead of drink-driving change

Police Scotland has released a video warnings motorists about the change in the law that will see Scotland have a lower drink-driving limit, drivers who have had a drink and cross the border are in danger of breaking the law.

'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.

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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.

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