Cumbria police were keen to reassure the public that crimes of this nature are rare in the county and explained they are carrying out a full investigation.
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Police are carrying out investigations following a spate of break-ins and thefts in both Hawick and the rural areas of Allerdale.
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The young female, believed to be a Staffy cross Border collie, was spotted wandering in the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven.