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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

Staff phone stolen on train

British Transport Police want to speak to this woman. Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police want to speak to the woman in this photo, after a mobile phone - belonging to a member of staff - was stolen from a train travelling between Oxenholme and Lancaster.

The phone was taken on Thursday 23rd October, at around 10:40am.

“A member of staff briefly left a mobile phone on a seat in a carriage of the train.

“When they returned to the seat the phone had been taken.”

“I am certain the woman in the CCTV image has information about the theft and will be able to help our enquiries – but who is she?”

– PC Michelle Johnson, British Transport Police

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£15k cigarettes stolen from Annan store

Cigarettes worth between £10,000 and £15,000 were stolen from Annan Co-op Credit: PA

Between £10,000 and £15,000 worth of cigarettes have been stolen from the Cooperative Store in Annan.

The theft took place in the early hours of Monday morning, 23 June.

Police Scotland is warning commercial businesses, including shops and supermarkets, to be on their guard.

Artwork stolen from Cumbrian Arts Festival

"Orlaya" Credit: Cumbria Police

Two A4 sized original limited edition artworks have been stolen from the Cumbrian Arts Festival.

The two pieces, described as "Mint" 33/40 and "Orlaya Grandiflora" 23/40, were stolen from their stands on Sunday 5th May.

Cumbria Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101 and ask to speak to DC David Moffat.

"Mint" Credit: Cumbria Police

Full report: Bird theft leaves 79-year-old 'devastated'

An award-winning bird fancier has spoken of his heartache after thieves stole some of his prize winning birds.

John Bell, from Maryport, has travelled the country with his show birds and won a host of top awards.

However, last night twenty of his best canaries were taken, and he believes they were stolen to order.

Kenny Toal has this report:

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Prize winning canaries stolen from Maryport shed

A 79-year-old man has been left 'devastated' after 20 of his prize winning canaries were stolen form his shed near Maryport.

The theft happened in the early hours of this morning (18th March), from a shed on Maryport Road in Dearham.

John Bell is well known in the area for showing his birds across the country.

The birds are a mixture of Gloucester canaries with green and yellow colours, and among the group were a bright orange 'red factor', one cinnamon hen and two brown and orange 'mules'.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Workington Police Station by calling 101 or alternatively contact crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“This is a particularly heartless crime where a thief or thieves have deliberately targeted the shed for specific birds.

"There’s no doubt that the animals will have been distressed during the crime and their owner has been left upset that his prize winning birds have been taken.

“Stealing twenty birds without making a noise will have been extremely difficult – if not impossible –so it is likely that local residents may have heard a disturbance.

“We are determined to catch the thieves responsible and trace the distinctive birds so we can reunite them with their owner.

– PC Matt Brannan, Cumbria Police

£50k jewellery stolen from Borders home

Around £50,000 worth of jewellery has been stolen from a house in the Scottish Borders.

The break-in was discovered at around 4.15pm on Friday (15th February) at a property in Main Street near Duns in Berwickshire.

A family member returned to the house to find various pieces of expensive jewellery had been taken.

Lothian and Borders Police are keen to trace the driver of a white Transit van, seen in the area at the time.

"The property owners have been left devastated by the theft of their jewellery and are keen to have the items returned as soon as possible.

"We would like to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Main Street area of Gavinton between the 9th and 15th February and are particularly keen to speak to those who remember seeing a white Transit van, which was seen outside the address on Friday afternoon.

"Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our investigation is also asked to come forward."

– Detective Constable Keith Brydon, Lothian and Borders Police
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