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Domestic and sexual assault advisors at Cumbrian hospitals

The advisors will be based at hospitals in Cumbria. Credit: PA

Two domestic and sexual assault advisors will take up roles at hospitals in Cumbria.

They will provide support to victims, and will advise staff at the hospitals while raising awareness about domestic and sexual abuse.

  • One will be based in the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust area, covering north and west Cumbria
  • One will be based in the University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust area, covering Kendal and the South Lakeland area, as well as Barrow

Both roles are being funded by the office of Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes.

The IDSVAs will help identify and get support to victims earlier and will hopefully increase the confidence and knowledge of busy clinical staff.

I am hopeful, too, that with the IDSVAs now in post and raising awareness about domestic and sexual abuse, we will see an increase in the reporting of these crimes, which are traditionally under-reported.”

– Richard Rhodes

Sexual assault in Castle Douglas

A woman was sexually assaulted after being grabbed by a man last night.

Police say that the 21-year-old was walking along Church Street at around 8pm when a man approached her from behind.

He pulled her into a doorway where he sexual assaulted her.

But police say she eventually managed to fight him off

The attacker is described as white, bald, between 30- 40 years old, around 5 ft 7 inches in height, with a medium build and stubble.

He was wearing a royal-blue hooded top, which was pulled down and had white tassels attached and blue denim jeans.

Detectives have been studing CCTV and say they have identified at least five people in the area at the time who could provide them with vital information.

They are a group of four people and another person who was walking a dog along King Street at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

"A young woman has been left extremely distressed by this ordeal, she was very brave and fought her attacker off but it is imperative we trace the man responsible.

"I would like to appeal, particularly to the five people who were seen in the area at that time and to anyone else who was in the vicinity to get in touch with us. It’s possible you saw the suspect and thought nothing of it at the time, but if you were in the area or you have any knowledge of the suspect or crime, please do contact us."

– Det Sgt Stephen Bell

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Sex offender jailed for six months

The 26-year-old was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A man who sexually assaulted a teenager during a train journey in the Lake District has been jailed.

Linley Hassan, 26, who is deaf and unable to speak, sat beside the girl in an otherwise empty carriage and wrote her unwanted notes before the late night attack on January 7.

A drunken Hassan then tried to cuddle the 16-year-old, but when she turned away, he placed his hand on the inside of her thigh.

At Carlisle Crown Court yesterday, Hassan pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the teenager.

He was sent to prison for six months by Judge Paul Batty QC, who had heard how the victim "froze" as she was attacked.

"This was a terrifying incident for a young girl on a train," the judge told him.

Hassan, latterly of Castle Street, Kendal, must comply with sex offender notification requirements for the next 10 years.

Sex offender jailed for 23 years

Stephen Taylor Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

A West Cumbrian man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison today for sexual offence against women and girls spanning a 12-year period.

58-year-old Stephen Taylor of Leconfield Street, Cleator Moor, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court, and was charged with:

  • Nine counts of rape
  • Six counts of serious sexual assault
  • Four counts of indecent assault

His victims were aged between 12 and 24.

“Stephen Taylor has today been jailed for carrying out horrendous physical and sexual abuse of four female victims between 1978 and 1990.

“He showed a distinctive pattern of behaviour throughout his contact with all the victims by controlling, manipulating and forcing himself upon each of them.

“He was well aware of their young ages when he targeted them and began systematically abusing them. One of the victims was just 12 when he set his sights on her."

– sla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

He came to the attention of police in July 2013 when one of his victims confided in a friend, who then reported him.

The police, who described his actions as "shocking", have thanked those involved for their bravery in coming forward.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all five victims for their bravery in reporting him.

"I would also like to commend the support shown by witnesses in assisting with our investigation.

"The trial has been a traumatic experience for all and I hope this case encourages others to come forward if they have been victims of sexual assaults.”

– Detective Constable Ruth Elliott, from the West Cumbria Public Protection Unit

Cumbria police are encouraging anyone who would like to report an assault to contact them.

Police investigate Cumbria sex assault

Cumbria Police are investigating a serious sexual offence in Dalton-on-Furness in the early hours of Friday 6th February.

They're asking anyone who was in either the Golden Ball pub or the Horse and Jockey pub the evening before (Thursday 5th February) to contact them.

They're also asking anyone that was in Tudor square that saw either a lone man or a man and woman walk in the direction of George Romney School to get in touch by calling 101 or Crimestoppers Anonymous on 0800555111.

Police investigate sex assualt

Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault that occurred on a bus travelling from Workington to Penrith on Friday 5th December 2014.

The alleged offence took place on the X4 Stagecoach bus at some time between 1pm and 3pm.

Enquiries are at an early stage and the exact circumstances are still being established.

The victim, a female in her twenties from the local area, is being supported by trained officers.

She was sitting to the rear of the coach at the time of the assault.

“We appeal to anyone who may have any information to get in touch.

The offender was known to the victim and we are trying to establish what has happened.

We appeal especially to those who may have been on the bus at this time.”

– DC Jessica Edgar

Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious, is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to DC Jessica Edgar.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Man in court over alleged sex assault

A man's been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with a serious sexual assault in Galashiels.

32-year-old Darren Richardson from Galashiels made no plea or declaration when he appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court and his case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody by Sheriff Kevin Drummond pending his next appearance on Tuesday, August 27.

The court appearance follows an incident in the Langlee area of Galashiels on Friday night when a woman was allegedly subjected to a serious sexual assault in her own home.

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