Shops in Workington hope that a new police presence will help them guard against theft.
The flat-pack, "Cut-out coppers", have apparently deterred thieves in other areas - now Cumbria police have enlisted their help.
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A soggy start to the Christmas week will be slow to clear.
Continuing cloudy and mild with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times over Galloway
Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heaviest in west