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Bronze bishop's mitres recovered

The bronze bishop's mitres recovered Credit: ITV Border

Two bronze bishop's mitres that were stolen from a Carlisle church have since been recovered.

Both items, which were the latest in a series of thefts at St Cuthbert's church, were found close to a restaurant in the city centre.

But the church is still set to close its doors until CCTV has been installed.

Church closes doors after string of thefts

The bronze bishop's mitres, the latest items to be stolen from the church Credit: ITV Border

A church in Carlisle is closing its doors for a month following a series of thefts.

St Cuthbert's, on Blackfriars Street, will be open for services and pre-arranged events but will be closed during the day to visitors until CCTV is installed.

Two bronze bishop's mitres are the latest items to be stolen from the church.


Four arrested after shop assault

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Police in Carlisle are investigating a theft and assault that took place at the Spar store on Fusehill Street.

The incident happened last night (19 May 2015) between 9.30pm and 9.45pm when four women entered the store and three bottles of wine were subsequently stolen.

An employee challenged the women who then assaulted him on Broad Street and Fusehill Street. The man was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with minor injuries.

Police have arrested four women in connection with the incident. They are aged 16, 22, 25 and 34 respectively and are all from the Carlisle area. They are currently helping officers with their enquiries.

“We require the public’s help in assisting this investigation. We are asking anyone who witnessed the assault to contact police, we would also like to speak to any customers who visited the Spar store on Fusehill Street between those times.”

– Detective Inspector Craig Smith, Cumbria Police

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from North Cumbria CID. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

'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.

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