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Family appeal for missing Barrow dad to come home on his birthday

Dad-of-two Tony Bond Credit: Family photograph

The family of a dad-of-two from Barrow, who has been missing for more than two years, say they are still hoping he will come home.

The appeal came on the day Tony Bond would have been celebrating his 42nd birthday.

Tony went missing on November 9, 2012. Extensive searches were conducted in the area at the time, including local outbuildings, waste ground, reservoirs and the Furness coastline - but there have still been no positive information or confirmed sightings.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “We want to be able to tell the family what has happened to Tony. They are desperate to know if he is safe and well or know his whereabouts whatever the circumstance.

Det Ch Insp Bob Qazi Credit: Cumbria Police

“Tony left two children, Kai and Devon who still ask when their daddy will be returning home. It is a difficult situation for his family, who just want to have some closure.

Tony’s appearance may have changed from the picture, he may have lost weight or grown facial hair but we appeal to the public if they have any suspicions that they may have seen Tony, to contact us immediately.

“Tony is loved by his family and they hope that one day he will just walk through the door.

“We continue to believe Tony is still alive and may have left because of personal problems. It our wish that he just makes contact to let us know he is safe.

He is described as white, 5ft 10’ with mousey coloured shaved hair, and a rugged complexion. He was last seen in Schneider Road, Barrow in Furness, about 11pm wearing a black T shirt, blue denim jeans and a red ‘Berghaus’ type jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Cumbria Police officer charged with rape

A police officer has been charged with of rape and indecent assault alleged to have been committed in Warwickshire and Cumbria.

Nicholas Doherty, 41, from Barrow-in-Furness, was charged by Warwickshire Police yesterday and will appear before magistrates in Leamington Spa later today.

The Cumbria Police officer was arrested at his home in November last year. He's also been charged with committing an indecent assault in Cumbria in December 1999.

Warwickshire Police said he had been charged with a rape that is alleged to have taken place in Stratford-upon-Avon in February 2012.

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Search underway for man who's fallen into river near Ambleside

Cumbria Police are searching for a man who is believed to have fallen into the River Rothay at Ambleside which flows towards Lake Windermere. Officers are being supported by the Officers from the Fire service, Coastguard, RAF, Langdale Mountain Rescue team and Lake Wardens from Lake Windermere.

Police are urging people not to enter the local rivers or lakes as the water is very fast moving and dangerous.

Cumbria police hunt man over charity box thefts

Cumbria Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of Derrick Matthews, 54, in connection with numerous offences of theft of charity boxes in Cumbria during the last month.

Derrick Matthews is wanted by Cumbria Police in connection with the theft of charity boxes Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are investigating a number of incidents across Ambleside, Grasmere and Kirby Lonsdale where staff in local businesses have been distracted and the charity boxes stolen.

Police would like to speak to Mr Matthews, as they believe he may have some information about the incidents.

Matthews captured on CCTV Credit: Cumbria Police

Officers are asking all hotels, guest houses and shop owners to contact police if they see Mr Matthews. Cumbria Constabulary are appealing for him to hand himself in or for anyone who knows his whereabouts or has seen him recently to contact the police.

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Man charged with attempted rape

A 33-year-old man has been charged with the attempted rape of a woman in Milnthorpe.

Nathan Taylor, from Lancaster, is appearing before Kendal Magistrates court later today.

The incident happened in the early hours of Monday (5 August) outside the Bulls Head on Beetham Road.

“Public co-operation in this incident has been excellent and has been a massive help in assisting with our investigations.

"We appreciate any help that members of the public can offer and it helps us in our efforts to make sure people feel safe in our county."

– Detective Inspector Ian Harwood

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Cumbria Police Chief denies influencing investigation into 'whistleblowers'

by Daniel Hewitt

Cumbria's Police Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has apologised for spending £700 of public money on a chauffeur-driven Mercedes, but denies influencing the investigation into the suspected whistleblowers.

Cumbria Police raided a property and arrested a third alleged "whistleblower" on Thursday over leaked expenses following the arrest and suspension of two police workers last week.

"It would be completely inappropriate for me to try to find out what was going on or influence that process.

"At no point have I endeavoured to influence the investigation that the Chief Constable and his colleagues are undertaking.

"The PCC has no business in that sort of activity."Nobody, nobody will accuse me of exceeding my brief."

– Richard Rhodes, Cumbria PCC
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