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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


Queen of the South murals vandalised

Queen of the South murals defaced with red graffiti Credit: Drew Geddes

Police are trying to trace vandals who spray painted a series of murals charting the history of Dumfries football club Queen of the South.

The works by artist Jo McSkimming were commissioned by the People's Project - a community group led by Mark Jardine.

The vandalism happened some time on Saturday night.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

Police appeal for witnesses

Carlisle police are appealing for witnesses after a 53-year-old woman reported an unwanted approach by a man.

The woman was walking near Sainsburys in Caldewgate at 5.20am on Monday 8th September when she says she was approached by a man who asked for a cigarette. He then proceeded to put his hands on her shoulders and make inappropriate remarks for around ten minutes and not let her continue walking.

The woman was unharmed but was left upset by the incident.

The man is described as being;

  • 5ft 6" tall

  • In his 20's

  • Short brown hair

  • Wearing a black cap, hooded jacket and jeans

“I would encourage people to take simple safety measures to help protect themselves including getting a licensed taxi or similar if travelling in the early hours of morning. If someone asks you for something when you’re on your own and you do not know them, you do not need to stop and talk to them. It is not rude, you are taking reasonable measures to protect yourself."

– PC Caroline Gemmell

The police are asking anyone who was in the area at the time and saw a man matching this description to get in touch.

Motorbike crash police officer named

A police officer who died in a road accident yesterday has been named.

He was Constable Mark Murtagh, who was based at Galashiels Police station. He was travelling to work on his motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a bus near Earlston.

PC Mark Murtagh, who died in a motorbike crash on his way to work. Credit: Police Scotland

The police are still investigating what happened and are appealing for witnesses. His family say he was a loving husband and devoted father.

Melrose Abbey damaged

Police Scotland officers in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following damage to an external wall at Melrose Abbey.

A 10m stretch of the dry stone wall on Annay Road, Melrose is thought to have been hit by a vehicle on March 17.

It is thought the repair will cost more than £1,000.

"The dyke, which has been reconstructed within the past 18 months, appears to have been hit at low speed, possibly by a large vehicle carrying out a three-point turn.

"There are no markings or debris left on the road so it looks like the wall has been hit with low impact. But it is a hit and run nevertheless, and a costly one, so we would urge any members of the public with any details that may assist the investigation to come forward."

– PC James Thompson, Police Scotland
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