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'Despicable' break-in at 90-year-old's home

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Police Scotland is investigating what they describe as a "despicable crime" in Eastriggs.

More than £1,500 worth of jewellery was stolen from a 90-year-old woman, including an engagement ring, when her home was broken into in the early hours of Wednesday 6 May.

The supsect, who fled the scene when the woman woke, is described as being between 5'7" to 5'9" tall and is of stocky build.

He was wearing a dark zipper/windstopper type jacket with a flash of red on the chest, with a hood which came down over his face, and black trousers and footwear.

"This is one of the worst types of crime that we have to investigate where an elderly lady, in bed in her own home, has her house broken into and has to confront the intruder."

– Detective Constable Scott Barr, Police Scotland

Kendal carer avoids prison over theft

A carer has narrowly avoided prison for the theft of £2,500 from a sick woman she had been looking after. While Linda Graveson spent much of her time in hospital, Victoria Nevinson, 33, regularly helped herself to cash from the bank account she was given access to. Nevinson, who was trusted with the financial details to pay for shopping, even took her victim's card on holiday to Greece and used it there. Nevinson admitted the theft, which occurred in the Kendal area during early 2013, and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday. She received a 21-month jail term, which was suspended for two years by Judge Peter Hughes QC. But he stressed he took this step because Nevinson had a baby only several weeks old. Nevinson must complete 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,500 compensation to Mrs. Graveson.


CCTV images of three men wanted after £745 alcohol theft

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Police are looking to speak to three men after £745 worth of alcohol was stolen from a Morrisons store in Penrith.

Several bottles of spirits, including brandy, Jack Daniels and vodka, were taken from the shop on Brunswick Road on Saturday 11 April.

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Anyone with information about the men pictured in the CCTV images above and below is asked to contact police.

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Police hunt for birthday cards cash thief

Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police

Police are trying to trace this woman caught on CCTV camera after cash was stolen from sealed birthday cards.

At around 2.30pm on Thursday 9 April two women boarded the number 68 bus in Carlisle and one of them stole cash from the cards that had been left behind by a passenger.

The 68 bus runs between Upperby and Belle View via Carlisle city centre.

Anyone who recognises the woman or has information about the incident, should call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 1315 Eddy Hope, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police
Woman police want in connection with theft of cash from a bus Credit: Cumbria police

Thieves target cars in rural areas

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Police are warning residents and tourists to be extra vigilant after a spate of thefts from vehicles parked in rural areas.

Within the last two days, there have been six reports of this type of crime, two of which were at the Castlerigg Stone Circle in Keswick.

Items stolen range from laptops and IPODS, to walking equipment.

Police are reminding the public not to leave valuable items on show.

People are leaving handbags and valuables in full view which makes it easier for these criminals.

You need to remove all valuables from your vehicle – do not put them in the glove box or in the boot as the offenders may be watching, hence the rear windscreens being smashed."

– Laura Jackson, Police Community Support Officer

Sculpture stolen from Dryburgh Abbey

The stone carving of the widow stolen from Dryburgh Abbey in the Borders. Credit: Borders Press Agency

Police are investigating the theft of a stone-carved head from one of the four historic abbeys in the Scottish Borders.

It was stolen from the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, which dates back to 1150, near St Boswells earlier this month.

The sculpture is of a female wearing a head-dress and crimped collar that runs under her chin. It originally decorated part of a stone arch.

Officers are now keen to hear from anyone who may have information that can assist with their enquiries.

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw a group of four men in their twenties who were in the Abbey car park around 4.30pm on Thursday 12th February.

"The men had dark hair, a Mediterranean appearance and one of them was wearing a bright lime-green ski jacket.

"All four were seen in a Ford car and may have been visiting other Scottish Border locations during the day.

"We would also ask these men to contact us so to assist with our enquiries."

– Sergeant Mark Cranston, Police Scotland

Dryburgh Abbey, which was burned twice by the English, is one of four abbeys in the Borders still standing today - the others being at Jedburgh, Kelso and melrose.


Police investigate theft of nearly £20,000 worth of tools

Police are investigating the theft of tools and a trailer in Dumfries Credit: PA

Police Scotland is investigating the theft of tools worth nearly £20,000 from a workshop in Dumfries.

Thirty-one chainsaws, Husquvarna and Stihl make, were stolen from The Barony College in Parkgate, sometime between 4.30pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday. A dark green coloured trailer was also stolen at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

Whiskey stolen from lorry in Gretna

60 bottles of whisky were stolen from a lorry in Gretna Credit: David Cheskin/PA

Police Scotland is investigating the theft of 60 bottles of whisky from a lorry that was parked in the Gretna Service Area in Gretna.

The incident happened sometime around 10pm on Wednesday and 7am on Thursday this week.

Bottles of Famous Grouse were stolen from the trailer of the lorry and are valued at nearly £1000.

Two charged following thefts in Galashiels

Police in the Borders arrested and charged two people following thefts in Galashiels Credit: PA

A man and woman have been arrested and charged following two thefts in Galashiels.

The thefts, from two commercial properties, occurred on Tuesday and Friday last week.

The man is 27 years old, and the woman is 17 years old.

They were arrested after stolen items from both premises were found in a property in Galashiels.

The property was searched after information was given to the police by the public.

Former employee of Cumbria Constabulary sentenced for fraud and theft

Mr McFadden was working for Cumbria Constabulary at the time of the offences Credit: PA

A former employee of Cumbria Constabulary from Wigton has been sentenced for two counts of Fraud by False Representation, and three counts of Theft by Employee.

Melvin McFadden, aged 58, was sentenced to 84 days, suspended for 12 months, at Kendal Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to all the offences.

McFadden was employed by Cumbria Constabulary at the time of the offences as a Front Counter Clerk, a civilian staff member.

He was arrested on 24th November 2014, following an investigation into fraudulent vouchers that were used in a supermarket.

These vouchers had been originally seized by an officer in relation to a criminal investigation, and had been placed in the property store at Carlisle Police Station.

Mr McFadden was responsible for destroying these vouchers, but instead stole them and used them to pay for fuel. Further gift vouchers and other stolen items were found at his home address, some of which he had previously claimed to have destroyed.

The Constabulary have invited anyone with concerns about a police employee to contact the police on 101.

“We are committed to serving and protecting the public and it is vital that our communities have trust and confidence in Cumbria Constabulary.

“We expect the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and conduct from all police staff at all times.

"We take any allegations of dishonesty very seriously and our Professional Standards Department will investigate any complaint thoroughly and impartially, and take action where appropriate."

– DCI Michelle Skeer
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