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£500k CCTV boost for Cumbria

A new CCTV scheme for Cumbria has secured the £539,000 needed to get it off the ground.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes applied to the government for the cash boost.

The scheme once up and running would provide county wide CCTV coverage run from police headquarters in Penrith.

“ I am delighted that the scheme, which is a joint project between the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Constabulary and the six District Councils of Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland, South Lakeland and Barrow, has been given the go ahead.

“Through our bid we were able to demonstrate that our scheme would meet the essential criteria of the bids, in that it would help transform policing through innovation, improve collaboration and deliver savings”

– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner

It's hoped that the new CCTV system will help fight anti social behaviour.

Funding on offer to cut crime in Cumbria

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Cumbria's PCC, Richard Rhodes, is inviting communities to bid for money Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a Community Fund, to support projects aimed at reducing crime.

Charities, voluntary and community groups are being invited to apply for up to £10,000.

The Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, said:

" .. I am firmly committed to local communities being the right place to provide solutions to local issues."

Mr Rhodes has set aside £1000,000 a year over the next four years for the Community Fund.

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Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner: One year on

It is exactly a year since Cumbria's first Police & Crime Commissioner took up his role, and in an interview for ITV Border tonight he speaks candidly about some of the difficulties he has faced.

Richard Rhodes' time in office has to some extent been overshadowed by a row over his expenses after he claimed seven hundred pounds for chauffeur driven work trips.

The year has also seen the lengthy suspension of the former temporary chief constable, Stuart Hyde. Mr. Hyde was subsequently cleared of misconduct but left the force today for his retirement.

Reflecting on his first year in the job, Richard Rhodes told Ryan Dollard it has not been an easy one:

Full Report: No criminal action in Cumbria Police whistleblowing case

One of Cumbria's MPs says questions should be asked about why the county's police force spent so much time and money investigating a whistle-blowing case - only for it to end with no charges being brought.

The 6 month investigation followed the leaking of information about the Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes's expenses.

However, MP Tim Farron says the decision not to prosecute vindicates his view that these were whistleblowers and not criminals.

Tim Backshall reports.

Tim Farron MP: "Questions should be asked" about handling of whistleblowing case

The MP for South Lakes, Tim Farron, has commented on the news that no one will be prosecuted after a six-month long police investigation into a whistle-blower who leaked a crime commissioner's expenses claims for chauffeur-driven cars.

"I welcome the news that the final person who remained under investigation over the Richard Rhodes leaked documents case has been released without charge.

"This is good news and vindicates what I and others have been saying for months - that these people are whistleblowers and not criminals."

“The Police have spent a huge amount of money and time on this investigation while disrupting the lives and careers of a number of people by these arrests.

"Given that people in Cumbria sometimes feel let down by the way the Police allocate resources, questions should be asked about why the Force spent so much time and resources on a case that affected the constabulary itself when we have finished with no action being taken.”

– Tim Farron MP

Cumbria whistleblowing case: Police statement

Police in Cumbria have released the following statement in relation to news that a woman who works for Cumbria Police, will not face criminal action over an alleged leak about the expenses of Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes.

"The criminal investigation by Cumbria Constabulary, launched after police received concerns that information was leaked to the media relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner, is now complete.

"A 50 year old woman, an employee of Cumbria Constabulary, arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct in a public office on 10 April 2013, will face no criminal action.

"A misconduct investigation will now commence in relation to any internal breach of the Code of Conduct. She remains suspended from work.

"Cumbria Constabulary’s staff and police officers have a duty to protect and manage the information they have privileged access to.

"Any allegations relating to a breach of this position need to be investigated to ensure our communities can have trust and confidence in the way we deliver policing in the county."

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Woman faces no criminal action after police info leak concerns

A woman who was arrested on suspicion of data protection offences and misconduct while working for Cumbria Police will face no criminal action.

Her arrest related to concerns that information had been leaked to the media relating to the Police and Crime Commissioner on 10 April 2013.

The 50-year-old woman remains suspended from work.

Police will now begin a misconduct investigation in relation to any believed internal breach of the force's code of conduct.

Richard Rhodes "fully supports" decision on Hyde

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, says that he fully supports the decision to invite Stuart Hyde back to work:

“I fully support the decision of Temporary Chief Constable, Bernard Lawson to invite Mr Stuart Hyde back to Cumbria Constabulary as his Deputy until Mr Hyde's retirement in December.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner, my position on the events of the last few months is clearly outlined in detail in the various documents issued on 27th August and that, together with my conclusions, remain unchanged. I have nothing to add.

"However, it is important to appreciate that that view was relevant to the post of Chief Constable, who is held to account by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“What will happen now is that Mr Hyde’s return to work in his previous role as Deputy Chief Constable will be managed by Mr Lawson in his capacity of Temporary Chief Constable until such time as the process of recruiting a permanent Chief Constable for Cumbria can take place.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner criticised

Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Credit: ITV News Border

A police watchdog has criticised Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes for his handling of the scandal over his use of a chauffeur-driven car.

The Cumbria Police and Crime Panel said they were disappointed that statements he made at the time were "unclear" but add they are satisfied that he has now changed his travel arrangements.

Mr Rhodes was forced to apologise last month when it was revealed he had used a chauffeur-driven car at a cost of £700.

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