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Cumbria police shake up criticised

Some people in Ambleside feel the changes will leave them vulnerable Credit: GTV

A planned shake-up of policing in Cumbria has come under fire as residents claim longer response time will lead to higher crime rates. In future, officers could begin their shifts in Kendal and Barrow - rather than at the smaller stations in towns like Windermere or Ambleside. No police stations will close but some businesses fear it will leave rural areas more vulnerable to crime. The police have denied those claims and say the public will not lose out under the changes


Police hunt gang after break in at bank

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Police are hunting a gang who tried to break into a bank in Rawtenstall in the early hours of this morning. Officers spotted the raiders after hearing an explosion at the Barclays bank on Bank Street - three men were seen to drive away in an Audi estate. Police believe that the gang used an explosive gas to get into the bank, but nothing was stolen.

Our investigation still remains in its early stages and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area around the time of the incident, or anyone who has any information that could assist our inquiry to get in touch as soon as possible.

– DS Zoe Russo, Lancashire PoliceID

Couple from Lancashire in rail crash in India

The scene near Shimla Credit: Twitter/@AdityaSinhmar

A couple from Lancashire are amongst those caught up in the rail crash in India. Peter Lloyd and his wife Pauline were amongst 37 people on the tour when the train derailed near the town of Shimla in the Himalayas. Nine carriages came off the tracks, and two women were killed. The travel company who organised the trip, Great Rail Journeys which is based in York, says its helping relatives to travel out to India.


Man missing from Moss Side

Ad Omorere Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a missing man from Moss Side. Ad Omorere, who is 34, was last seen at his home on Hartington Street in Moss Side at 7pm last night. He is described as being around 6 feet tall, of average build and with short black hair. He was last seen wearing dark trousers and a grey t-shirt.

Wigan journalist campaigns to free translator still in prison

Two British journalists arrested in Turkey on terror charges are campaigning to get their translator, who remains in prison, freed.

Philip Pendlebury, from Wigan, and Jake Hanrahan were accused of "working on behalf of a terrorist organisation" and "assisting Islamic State" before they were eventually released on Thursday.

Mr Hanrahan described his arrest and time in a high-security prison as "traumatic" and added he was concerned for their Turkish-based colleague Mohammed Ismael Rasool.

Vice News said: "Vice News continues to work around the clock with all relevant government and legal representatives to secure his release.

"We call on the Turkish authorities to continue their positive course of action in freeing Jake and Philip, and releasing Rasool immediately."

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