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Armed robbery in Appleby: Witnesses sought

Detectives are investigating a robbery in Appleby. A 61 year old man was tied up and threatened.

The robbery happened on Friday 23rd November at 8:45 pm at a house in Station Road, Appleby.

Three men entered the house carrying weapons, they tied up the man, threatened him and demanded money.

The victim managed to escape and raise the alarm and the offenders fled the scene.

All of the offenders were dressed in dark clothing and were wearing balaclavas and gloves at the time.

The victim was left very distressed and upset by the ordeal.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Johnson said:

“This was a frightening ordeal for the victim and we are making a number of enquiries of establish who was involved.

“We believe the offenders used a Green Ford Focus to drive to the location and we would appeal to anyone who seen this vehicle in the area to get in contact so that we can trace their movements.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact Carlisle CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– DCI Lee Johnson


Wetheral robbery: Full report

A robbery in a quiet village post office just outside carlisle has been described as an outrageous crime that left a shop assistant terrified. They were the words of the judge who sentenced two armed robbers to six years in prison.

The men threatened the woman with a kitchen knife at Wetheral post office

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Police respond to robbery sentence

Two men who carried out an armed robbery at a post office near Carlisle have each been sentenced to six years in prison.

The robbery happened at Wetheral post office in June. A female shop keeper, working behind the counter, was threatened at knife point and between seven hundred and eight hundred pounds was stolen.

Matthew Scott who's 25 and 21 yr old Kye Halliburton - both from Carlisle - admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.


Robbers jailed for six years

Two men who carried out an armed robbery at a post office near Carlisle have each been sentenced to six years in prison. The robbery happened at Wetheral post office in June. A woman shop keeper working behind the counter, was threatened at knife point. Nearly £800 was stolen from the till.

Matthew Scott, 25, of Ellesmere Way, Carlisle, and Kye Halliburton, 21, of Harker Park Road, Carlisle, were caught on CCTV and admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.

The judge, Paul Batty QC said:

"I have no doubt the village of Wetheral and the whole of Cumbria was shocked when it heard of this crime. You targeted a vulnerable person to get money for drugs. She was absolutely terrified and traumatised by what you did. The effect on her has been devastating. This was an outrageous crime." The shop assistant was praised for her bravery and will be awarded £250 out of public funds."

– Judge Paul Batty

Armed robbery sentencing

Two men will be sentenced at Carlisle crown court after pleading guilty to the armed robbery of Wetheral Post Office on the outskirts of Carlisle.

Matthew Scott, who is 24 from Ellesmere Way in Morton Carlisle and 20 year old Kye Haliburton from Harker Park Road in Carlisle pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

The judge said they should expect substantial prison sentences.

Elderly couple tied up in robbery

Police in Cumbria are appealing for witnesses after an elderly couple were tied up and robbed in their own home.

The robbery happened on Tuesday 2nd Octboer at castle Oval in Kendal. The couple's home was broken into by four men wearing masks carrying a crow bar.

The couple were tied up and thousands of pounds worth of cash were stolen along with other items.

Police believe the couple were specifically targeted. he group wore masks but one male has been described as having a north east accent.

After about quarter of an hour the couple managed to free themselves and raise the alarm with a neighbour.

Cumbria police have now widened their search to the north east.

Detective Sergeant Mark Kerley said:

“Detectives have been working alongside police officers in other forces and will continue their enquiries there, as well as in Cumbria.

“My team of officers have been working to support the family and uncover any new information that could help us identify exactly who has targeted this couple and why. There is a reason that this group chose to break into this home in particular – and we are dedicated to finding answers so that we can identify these callous criminals and take them off the streets.

“A frightening incident like this is highly unusual for Kendal and it has understandably shocked neighbours and the local community. We have high visibility patrols operating throughout the area to offer reassurance and police officers have been doing a leaflet drop in the vicinity to inform local people of what has happened, reassure them that we don’t believe that this was a random crime and provide information on how they can best stay safe.

“Overall crime in Kendal is low and we are working hard to ensure it stays that way. Police along with the community won’t tolerate violent incidents like this happening in our town - and we know that local people may have information that could help lead us to the offenders. If you were in the area of Castle Oval on Tuesday evening and saw any vehicles, males or anything that seemed out of the ordinary, please call Kendal CID on 101.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Kerley

Firearms officers respond to attempted robbery

Enquiries are ongoing, some firearms officers were deployed as a precautionary measure as some witnesses stated that a weapon may have been involved in the earlier attempted robbery. At no time during this operation was there a danger to the wider public.

Enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances into the incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time. We would appeal to anyone who has any information to contact us or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary Spokesperson
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