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Police investigate sexual assault of 14-year-old girl by man in Whitehaven

The teenage girl was approached on Duke street in Whitehaven Credit: Google maps

Police are investigating the report of a 14-year-old girl being sexually assaulted in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

The girl picked up by a man in a car on Duke Street some time between 11.45pm and midnight on Friday 14 July.

The man sexually assaulted the girl in the light-coloured large estate vehicle.

He is described as around 40 years old, of a large build, with rough skin. He had very short spikey grey hair with dark brown parts and spoke with a local accent.

Anyone who witnessed the vehicle approach the teenager on Duke Street or who has more information is urged to contact the police on 101 or by emailing 101@cumbria.police.uk, asking to speak to DC 2305 Rae, citing incident number incident number 2 of 15 July 2017. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

15-year-old girl sexually assaulted by 14-year-old boy on Dalston to Carlisle bus

The assault took place on the 75 Reays bus that operate around Cumbria. Credit: Reays

Cumbria Police are investigating a sexual assault that happened on a bus in Cumbria.

A 14-year-old boy approached and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on the 75 Reays bus from Dalston to Carlisle on Friday 14 July, around 3.30pm.

Officers are looking to speak to anyone who might have witnessed the incident, most especially the driver of the bus and a female passenger who is believed to have witnessed the assault and spoken to the boy.

Anyone with more information is urged to contact the police, in particular, PC 2493 Moran of Carlisle Police Station, on 101 or by emailing 101@cumbria.police.uk, citing incident number 162 of 14 July 2017. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Jail 'inevitable' for Carlisle man found guilty of sexual abuse

Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A man is facing an "inevitable" jail sentence after being found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl.

60-year-old Robert Ferguson went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

He had denied a charge of causing or inciting a child aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity, on a date before June 19 in 2015.

But after hearing all evidence in the case, a jury has found Ferguson guilty on a majority verdict.

During the trial, jurors heard the girl said that Ferguson had asked her to keep his criminal conduct "secret". Officers had initially been informed about his illegal activity amid concern over a picture the youngster had drawn.

Upon hearing the jury's verdict, Judge Peter Hughes QC adjourned sentence to 20 June and remanded Ferguson, of Warwick Road in Carlisle, in custody.

Judge Hughes told him the sentence he would pass next month "must inevitably be a custodial one".

Reverend & former Borders school house master to appear in court for sexually assaulting underage boys

The reverend is due to appear at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a former house master at Sedbergh School is due to begin at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Reverend Christopher Griffin from Celevedon in Somerset, is accused if sneaking into pupils' bedrooms at night to sexually assault them - allegedly touching or stroking their feet.

The 58-year-old is alleged to have done so to two boys under the age of 18.

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Carlisle man arrested on suspicion of rape

Rickerby Park in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Police have arrested a man in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a 26 year old woman in Carlisle earlier today.

A 23 year old man from Carlisle has been arrested on suspicion of rape and has been taken in for questioning.

It happened this morning between 2am and 2.45am in the Chinese Gardens near Rickerby Park.

The woman reported that she was assaulted after meeting a man in Carlisle city centre earlier in the evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Doug Marshall said:

Whilst we have made an arrest in this investigation a number of further enquiries are to be conducted and our appeal for information remains.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact police. No matter how insignificant you may deem your information we would like to hear from you as it may assist in our enquiries.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Doug Marshall

Police investigate sexual assault in Carlisle

Police investigating a sexual assault Credit: ITV Border

Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault in Carlisle.

It happened between 2am and 2.45am this morning in the Chinese Gardens near Rickerby Park.

A 26 year old woman, reported that she was assaulted after meeting a man in Carlisle city centre earlier in the evening.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We are asking anyone who may have any information to make contact with the police.

No matter how trivial the information may seem it could be important for our investigation.

This is a serious crime, and I am appealing to the local community to help us with our ongoing investigation.

The victim is being supported by specially trained professionals at this difficult time.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Doug Marshall
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