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Police advise driving 'safely' after cold spell

Kirkstone Pass is still closed following an accident a the weekend Credit: Langdale & Ambleside MRT

Police in Cumbria are advising motorists to drive safely on the county’s roads following prolonged cold weather over the weekend.

They say roads at higher ground are still affected by the snow and ice, with Kirkstone Pass, Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass all closed.

They have also warned motorists of the risk of black ice, and are asking people to drive "with care and attention".

You can keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting the police Traffic Link Map.

To keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office website:

Police investigate theft of nearly £20,000 worth of tools

Police are investigating the theft of tools and a trailer in Dumfries Credit: PA

Police Scotland is investigating the theft of tools worth nearly £20,000 from a workshop in Dumfries.

Thirty-one chainsaws, Husquvarna and Stihl make, were stolen from The Barony College in Parkgate, sometime between 4.30pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday. A dark green coloured trailer was also stolen at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.


Four-year sentence for robbery

A 43-year-old man has been jailed for four years for robbing the Lound Road Garage in Kendal.

Craig John Jackson, of Aynam Road in Kendal, made off with over £400 after brandishing a knife at the cashier on January 17.

Cumbria Constabulary says it's satisfied with the sentence.

“We are pleased to see that Jackson has been jailed for his crime. He subjected the cashier to a horrendous and needless ordeal by threatening him with a knife.

"The courts have shown that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in this county and should be taken as a stern warning to any criminal contemplating committing such a crime."

– Detective Constable Mark Kerley

It takes 'seconds' to steal a purse

Four purses have been stolen from handbags Credit: Charles Eshelman/DPA

Police have issued advice following a streak of thefts in North Cumbria.

Four purses have been stolen from handbags in Carlisle and Penrith.

Now police are reminding people about the importance of keeping personal property safe, hidden, and secure.

“Taking simple steps can help prevent people from becoming victims of theft. In one of the purse thefts last month the victim left her purse in a carrier bag attached to a trolley, and then left the trolley unattended while she looked at groceries.

It is important that you never leave your personal property unattended when in a public place – it only takes an opportunistic thief seconds to steal a purse without anyone noticing.”

– Claire Stevens, Community Safety Officer for north Cumbria

They have released some top tips to prevent thefts from bags:

  • Always keep your purse out of sight
  • Remember to keep your bag fastened shut
  • Wear your bag strap diagonally
  • Use a purse chain or a lanyard
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Don’t keep PIN numbers in your purse
  • Report anyone acting suspiciously
  • Cancel stolen credit cards straight away

Seven sheep dead after attack in Dumfries and Galloway

Police Scotland is investigating a case of sheep worrying Credit: PA

Police Scotland is investigating a case of sheep worrying in Kirkpatrick Fleming.

The attack, which has resulted in the death of seven sheep on farmlands next to the Westlands Activity Centre, appears to have happened between 6pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday 15 February.

Six other sheep were found to have wounds and a number appear to be in shock. Indications are that two large dogs may be responsible for the attack.

Police Scotland has asked anyone with information get in contact..

Man charged following break-ins and fire-raising

A man has been charged following break-ins and a fire-raising Credit: PA

Police in the Scottish Borders have arrested and charged a man following multiple break-ins to businesses and a fire-raising in Peebles this week.

Fire-raising is deliberately starting a fire with the intention of causing damage to a property.

The 20-year-old man was charged in connection with two break-ins and a fire-raising at the Courthouse restaurant, and a break-in to the Sunflower Restaurant.

All incidents occurred on Wednesday, and he is making a first appearance at Selkirk Sheriff Court today.


Man seriously injured in M74 crash

The crash happened at around 4:10am. Credit: ITV Border

A 68 year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital following a crash on the M74 this morning.

At around 4.10am, police were called to a report of a crash involving an articulated lorry that had overturned on the northbound carriageway of the M74 at junction 21 near Kirkpatrick Fleming.

The 68 year-old driver of the lorry was taken by ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where hospital staff describe his condition as serious.

The northbound carriageway has been closed since the crash while the police and other agencies including Transport Scotland secure the lorry's heavy load and prevent a damaged refrigerated container splitting open.

Traffic is being diverted along the B7076. Police say they hope to re-open the motorway this afternoon.

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