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Police warning to New Years revellers

Police in Cumbria are warning New Years revellers that violent behaviour will not be tolerated.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the county are expected to head out to the pubs to see in the New Year, and Cumbria Police has extra officers on patrol.

The ‘One punch can change two lives’ campaign launched prior to the festive season, reminds party-goers of the consequences of losing control through alcohol consumption.

Officers will be working closely with licensed premises to prevent people who are already drunk being served further alcohol.

"Everyone has a right to enjoy themselves this New Years Eve without intimidation or fear of violence.

“We will have enhanced police patrols out and about across the county to take early action with a view to defusing incidents before they escalate into violence.

“It is only a minority who become involved in violence or disorder and by providing extra officers, we are able to monitor situations and intervene before they escalate.

“We will not tolerate people who put others at risk of harm by engaging in violent behaviour. We will seek to put those who engage in any form of violent behaviour before the court.

"Anyone who behaves anti-socially will also potentially face a fine and also have a criminal record."

– Superintendent Andy Towler, Cumbria Police


Annual dip attracts 100 swimmers

One hundred people took part in the annual Golden Sands Polar Bear challenge in Whitehaven to raise £25,000 for charity.

The dippers ran into the Irish Sea in the harbour town and straight back out again.

Most we wearing fancy dress or t-shirts bearing the name of their chosen charity.

The annual dip is organised by Sellafield workers.

"We were treated to a warm up by the Moky Fit girls and then cooled down dramatically in the sea.

"This is a great way to raise money for charity and it does seem to be getting bigger and better every year.

"It's brilliant to see so many people get into the spirit of the occasion and dress up - a different way to say goodbye to the year."

– Gary McKeating, Sellafield worker

Swimmers preparing for the big dip

Swimmers are gathering in Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

New Year's Eve dippers are gathering in Whitehaven to warm up, before heading tothe beach.

The 100 dippers have raised more than £25,000 for various charities.

The dippers get into the spirit by joining the Moky Fit girls in a routine Credit: ITV Border
Hundreds op people have turned up to watch the swimmers Credit: ITV Border