Monday, 25 June 2012

Our new Blog

We changed our name earlier this year from Barrow Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership to Barrow Community Safety Partnership.

We did this to bring us in line with other areas of the country and county, most of whom have now changed their names to better reflect what work they, and we, actually do.
Our new blog reflects our new name and we hope you carry on reading our posts by logging on to:
Our Twitter name remains the same: @Saferstronger
Our Facebook name has changed though....we are now a page!!...and are called Barrow CSP
We look forward to al lyour comments as always. 
Kind regards, Rebecca

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Cumbria Police new Public Order Training & Fire Training area

Cumbria Police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service have joined forces to develop a Cumbrian training facility for officers.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Police identify body found at Greenodd, Ulverston

Police have today (19 March 2012) confirmed the identification of the body found on Saturday 17th March at Greenodd, Ulverston to be that of Mark Westall.

44 year old Mark Westall, of North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston, disappeared from his home on Monday 23rd January 2012.

At 1.20pm on Saturday 17 March, police were called to an area on the sands at Greenodd, Ulverston, after a member of the public reported a sighting of what they believed to be a body in the water.

Police officers, Walney coastguard, Bay rescue, Ulverston inshore rescue attended. Due to lighting and dangerous tides, the recovery was postponed overnight and the body was recovered on Sunday 18 March 2012.

Mr Westall’s family has been informed.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death but do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances at this stage.

Preston man convicted of drug trafficking ordered to repay over £58,000 or face further 20 months in jail

A Preston man convicted of Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (cocaine) appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 2nd March 2012 where he was ordered to repay thousands of pounds of face a further 20 months in jail.

During the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, 54 year old John Patrick Morris was found to have benefited from his criminality to the tune of £8,349,311.37. The Judge imposed a Confiscation order for £58,529.89.

Morris of Chapel Walks, Kirkham, Preston has been given six months to pay the order or he will be sent to prison for a period of 20 months in default.

Morris’ appearance in court follows a complex protracted investigation by officers from Cumbria Constabulary into the importation of approximately 105 kilos of Cocaine, with a potential street value of £15 million, into the United Kingdom.

Morris was one of eight men convicted of Conspiracy to import Class A Drugs (namely cocaine) the seizure of 105 kg of Cocaine at Harwich Docks on the 3rd May 2008. The method employed for this, and another related drugs importation, was sophisticated and trusted, utilizing the Ministry of Defence (M.O.D.) removal facility for the relocation of military personnel and families between Germany and the U.K.

The drugs seized were concealed within boxes that formed part of a bogus military personnel’s furniture load. The load was intercepted as part of Operation Addington – an operation led by Cumbria Constabulary to dismantle an alleged organised crime group.

This method required a bogus load being sent to Germany by the defendants, via the Netherlands, before returning to the UK by an innocent MOD carrier. The drugs were added to the load whilst in the Netherlands en route to Germany.

Morris appeared at Manchester Crown Court on 16th April 2009 where he pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Import Class A Drugs (cocaine) and he was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation was then launched by specialist officers from Cumbria Constabulary.

Kate Needham, a Financial Investigator from Cumbria Constabulary said: “An in-depth financial investigation was carried out to establish the extent of Morris’ criminality and assets.
“A restraint order was put in place to protect the assets we had identified which prevented Morris from getting rid of any of them before the confiscation hearing.
“Morris has now been stripped of his assets and if he fails to pay the order he will be sent back to jail.
Cumbria Constabulary has a team of financial investigators who work hard to uncover how offenders have financially benefitted from crime so that it can be recovered and put back into the community.
“These court proceedings show that criminals pay for their crimes in more ways than one. As well as serving time in prison, they have to pay a significant financial penalty which can strip them of their homes, cars and other assets.
“I hope this deters any potential offenders who may be thinking that a criminal lifestyle can be lucrative. This case shows that we don’t stop pursuing criminals when they are behind bars – we make sure that we hit them where it hurts which is their lifestyles and wallets.”

Police presented with new wheels to help prevent crime in South Cumbria

South Cumbria’s Community Safety Team received a brand new vehicle on Friday which will be used to help prevent crime and disorder in the area.

DSG Morecambe attended Kendal police station on Friday afternoon where they kindly presented Chief Superintendent Paul Kennedy with a new Hyundai ix35. This vehicle will replace the Hyundai i30 estate that they donated to the Constabulary last year.

The new vehicle has also been badged with Cumbria Constabulary livery so that it can be identified easily by the community and will help the team visit residents in the most rural, isolated areas of South Cumbria.

Crime Prevention Officer, Terry Belshaw, said: “Our team works across South Lakeland to deliver important advice to help prevent crime.
“We have made good use of the vehicle that was donated to us last year as it helps us to get out into the more rural and isolated communities in South Cumbria.
“It is great that DSG Morecambe have kindly chosen to donate a new vehicle to us which we will use to continue our work and tackle priorities and problems that may affect each neighbourhood.”

Will Adams, the Sales Director from DSG Morecambe said: "DSG are delighted to be continuing our partnership with police in South Cumbria and supporting them with a second vehicle.
“The ix35 is a stylish, efficient and well equipped vehicle which will be equally at home in the rugged terrain of the South Lakes and around town. It is the ideal vehicle to enable police to carry out their valuable Community Safety work come rain, shine or snow."

First Serious Crime Prevention Order secured in Cumbria

At a hearing at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday 16 March 2012, officers from Cumbria Constabularies Serious and Organised Crime Unit successfully sought a number of Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPO’s).

It is the first time such orders have been sought in Cumbria, and the three applied for were granted by HHJ Forrester in relation to Robert McNichol, Mark Bower and David Murphy.

SCPO’s can be granted by the Crown Court for persons convicted of a serious offence such as drugs trafficking, armed robbery, money laundering, or any other offence which, due to its circumstances, the Court deems to be serious. The Crown Court can only grant the order if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the order would protect the public by preventing, restricting or disrupting involvement by persons in serious crime in England and Wales.

The SCPO’s applied for were in relation to investigations carried out by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit in 2009 and 2010, codenamed Operation Central and Operation Armitage.

In November 2009 officers commenced Operation Central. This involved Robert McNichol, Mark Bower and others, and culminated in the seizure of Cocaine with a street value of £330,000. It also lead to the discovery of a cannabis farm at Maryport which was one of the most sophisticated set ups ever seen by Cumbria Police, and had the potential to yield cannabis with a value of £650,000 per annum.

Robert McNichol

Mark Bower
In May 2011, Robert McNichol, 34 years, of Park Road, Aspatria, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court to 12 years imprisonment for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Controlled Drugs (cocaine).

At the same hearing, Mark Bower, 45 years, of Church Road, Harrington, Workington, was sentenced to 10 ½ years for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Controlled Drugs (Cocaine) and Conspiracy to Produce a Class B Controlled Drug (Cannabis). Bower later appealed his sentence, and it was reduced to 8 ½ years.

As part of their investigations into Operation Central, officers uncovered a plot to rob the Lloyds TSB Bank in Workington, and commenced Operation Armitage.

David Murphy
David Murphy, 27 years, of Taylorson Street, Manchester, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court in May 2011 to 6 years 9 months imprisonment for Conspiracy to Rob along with others. In January 2007 Murphy had been sentenced at Preston Crown Court to 8 years imprisonment for his part in an Armed Robbery carried out at the Lloyds TSB Bank in Preston in April 2006.

The orders granted include the following restrictions:-
• Possession at any one time of only two mobile phones, which they must inform the Police the phone numbers of
• Possession of no more than £5,000 in cash
• To have no more than four bank accounts, and to provide the details to the Police of those accounts
• To inform the Police of the details of the vehicles that they are regularly using / own
• To inform the Police of the permanent address they are residing at, and any changes to that address
• With regards to Murphy, further to the above he is not to associate for five years with his Co Defendant Jason Baker, 27 years, of Heatherdale Drive, Manchester.

The orders will commence on the date they are released from Prison and will last for 5 years from that date. A breach of the order is punishable with up to 5 years imprisonment.

Speaking at Carlisle Crown Court after the granting of the orders, Detective Inspector Rob O’Connor of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “‘This is the first time we have applied for such orders. They should be applied for sparingly, and saved only for those involved in the most serious crimes.
“McNichol, Bower and Murphy received substantial custodial sentences, and when they are eventually released they will be monitored on license by the National Probation Service. These orders granted today though ensure that they must inform the Police of certain aspects not covered by that license, and will make it difficult for them to offend further. These orders demonstrate that Cumbria Police will use all available options open to them to target persons involved in serious and organised crime, and ensure that our communities in Cumbria remain safe.”

At a separate Proceeds of Crime Act Hearing at Carlisle Crown Court on 25 November 2011, Robert McNichol and one of his Co Defendants, Ivan Thompson, 41 years, of Hill Crest, Brigham, appeared before the Court to assess how much they had made through their crimes.

McNichol was found to have benefitted to the tune of £344,107. A Confiscation Order was set at £55, 000. This means that McNichol has 6 months to pay the £55, 000 or he will serve a further 20 months in Prison.

Ivan Thompson
Thompson was found to have benefitted to the tune of £105,000. A Confiscation Order was set at £11,275. This means that Thompson had 4 months to pay the £11,275 or he will serve a further 7 months in Prison.

Bower will be subject of a future Proceeds of Crime Hearing.

In relation to the Proceeds of Crime Hearings, Detective Inspector Rob O’Connor said: “We will do our utmost to ensure that those convicted at Court do not profit from their crimes. Both McNichol and Thompson will need to find the money to satisfy the Confiscation Orders, and if they do not do so they will serve a further Prison sentence.
“Even then the Confiscation Order still stands until it is settled, and we can revisit it at any time if we find people have money or assets in the future. Again, this should serve as a stark warning to people that if they become involved in crime, we will pursue them through the Courts and hit them where it hurts, in their pockets.”

To find out more about what is happening in the local community, visit

Make your house less attractive to burglars

After a number of burlaries in the Kendal area, police are offering us some advice to make our homes less appealing to the average burglar.

Top Tips to keep your house safe:
- Fit burglar alarms & good outside security lighting, check regularly to ensure they work
- Lock doors & windows before you go out
- Remove keys from locks & keep out of reach of windows & doors
- Ensure your house is secure, preventing someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden
- Ensure side gates & sheds are locked
- Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe & well hidden, so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves
- Postcode your valuables with a UV pen
- Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night
- Look out for your neighbours’ property
- Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
- Cancel newspapers, milk etc when you go on holiday
- Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID

For more crime prevention advice, visit or contact your local policing team on 101.

If you witness any suspicious activity or see something out of the ordinary in your neighbourhood, please contact police so that they can investigate.

You can contact police at any time on 101. In an emergency or if you think you are witnessing a crime in action, call 999.

Between 11-14th March, four burglaries have been reported in various locations in Kendal between Sedbergh Road and Gillingate where cash and personal items have been stolen.

On 11th March between 1-6pm, offender(s) entered a property on Sedbergh Road via an insecure door while the owner was in the garden and stole 200 Euros and a number of jewelry items. A gold watch with a leather strap with the victims’ name inscribed on the watch face along with “LONG SERVICE 29 YEARS” was stolen and is valued at about £400. A small ladies gold watch and a wedding ring were also stolen. These items are of significant sentimental value to the owner.

On 13th March between 6.30-10.30pm a property on Gillingate was entered by rear insecure door and a laptop, camera and Sat Nav were stolen. The occupants were out at the time the offence took place.

Between 12th- 14th March, a property on Bishops Court was targeted and entry was gained via an insecure door. £2000 cash was stolen whilst the occupants were present.

The most recent offence occurred on 14th March between 6.30 – 10pm on Anchorite Road. Offender(s) entered a property via a secure kitchen window and made off with LG 42” flatscreen TV, 15” JVC TV, Toshiba Laptop, 350 Euros, £400 cash and mixture of costume jewelry.

DS Jo Woods said: “We are investigating a series of burglaries and the common factor has been that the majority of properties have been insecure.
“Opportunist thieves are often on the look out for easy targets where they can get their hands on cash or other valuables so I’d appeal to the community to take the time to check the security on their windows and doors and make sure that they are locked.
“If you witness any suspicious activity or see something out of the ordinary in your neighbourhood, please contact us so that we can investigate.”

If you have any information about these burglaries or have been offered items for sale matching the above descriptions, then please contact police on 101
You can also give information anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.  They have not revealed the identity of anyone giving them information in their 23 years.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mother’s Plea for Information on Son’s Whereabouts

As Mother’s Day approaches, Julie Fletcher faces another day without her son Scott, who has been missing since May last year.

27-year-old Scott Fletcher was last seen on May 11th at around 8.20pm in the lay-by opposite the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill in Durham. The search for him has extended to the Durham, Cumbria and Liverpool areas, as it is believed he has connections there.

Since his disappearance, Scott’s family have been distraught and have continuously appealed for anyone with information on his whereabouts to speak to the police.

Scott’s Mum, Julie Fletcher, said: “The longer time goes by, the more we worry about what has happened to Scott. He is a loving son, father and brother and we miss him terribly. It is any parent’s nightmare to not know the whereabouts of your child.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green said: “Although Scott’s family are understandably finding his disappearance extremely difficult to cope with, any significant dates that come up during the year, such as Mother’s Day, birthdays and Christmas, always make his disappearance especially hard for them to bear.
“The longer that Scott is missing, the more anxious we are to find him. It is important that anyone with information regarding Scott’s whereabouts comes forward and speaks to us. If necessary this can be done in confidence. Scott’s family need answers and I believe that someone local has those answers.”

Anyone with information regarding Scott’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green of Hartlepool Police on the non-emergency 101 number or 01642 326326.

You can also give information without saying who you are by ringing the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.  In 23 years they have not revealed the identity of anyone who has given them information.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Police will have an eye in the sky as new initiative takes off in Cumbria

Cumbria Constabulary has introduced a new initiative that will allow police to have an ‘eye in the sky’ across the county - thanks to a talented Special Constable.

Special Constable Mike Carruthers, who serves the south of the County as part of his voluntary role, offered Cumbria Constabulary unique access to air support across the county without any of the associated costs as a result of his day job.

Mike, who has served as a Special Constable within Cumbria Constabulary for five years, is also a pilot and runs the Northwest Parachute Centre from Cark airfield in South Cumbria. Due to his specialist skills and experience, he offered to provide police with free support from the skies - allowing the Force to join a ‘Sky Watch’ initiative which sees civilian pilots ‘observe and report’ on incidents as they unfold.

Cumbria Constabulary’s Chief Inspector Kevin Greenhow is the Co-ordinating Officer overseeing the ‘Sky Watch’ launch. He said: “Many of the much larger police forces across the UK have access to their own air support units due to the demand from serious and major incidents. Running and maintaining these sorts of air support units incur very high running costs and as a smaller Force that is fortunate to see far fewer serious crimes, there isn’t a need for a full unit in Cumbria.

“However, thanks to Mike, this new initiative will allow Cumbria Constabulary access to an experienced Special Constable in the air, who, equipped with his own airwave unit and aircraft, will be able to provide running commentaries on incidents from his birds-eye view. He will have direct access via his radio to the Control Room Inspector who manages police resources while we are responding to incidents. This will be particularly useful during searches for high risk missing people for example, as Mike has the potential to search a large area of high land in minutes which will be far quicker than the time it may take on foot or for air support to arrive from neighbouring police forces.”

Special Constable Carruthers will be called upon if the Force Incident Manager requires air support and, if the aircraft is available; Mike has the potential to reach anywhere the county within 20-25 minutes and has the flight time endurance of between 4 - 5 hours.

Special Constable Mike Carruthers said: “I am delighted that this initiative is being launched in Cumbria as I get to combine my two passions – flying and policing - while also benefitting the community.
“I am familiar with police procedure and protocol which I hope will make the process of relaying immediate, detailed information about scenes or incidents back to the officers on the ground a lot easier.
“I am based very close to Morecambe Bay and have conducted a number of searches recently to help the Bay Rescue Team who were called to assist people who were out on mudflats. The aircraft allows me to search large areas of land quickly and easily so I hope that this will be a useful tool for the Constabulary to call upon in future.”

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “I have no doubt that having air support on hand to assist us will help us to bring incidents or searches to a conclusion safely and quickly.
“We are very grateful to Mike who is volunteering his specialist skills and aircraft to enhance our policing service to the people of Cumbria.”

Monday, 12 March 2012

Police are advising the public to be on their guard following a recent scam involving a PPI claim

Police are advising the public to be on their guard following a recent scam involving a Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claim.

Police are investigating a fraud in Kendal on 1st March 2012 in which a vulnerable female has parted with her savings after falling victim to a telephone scam relating to PPI . The scam consisted of a company contacting her purporting to be working for a Government Department dealing with PPI compensation.

The victim was contacted by phone and advised that she was entitled to around £8,000 in compensation in relation to the use of her bank debit card. Money was requested from her for insurance and tax purposes before the compensation could be paid. The victim then made a series of UKASH purchases from her savings account, which she then used to provide the caller with serial numbers for the money to be transferred. When this was successful, the victim was told the compensation she was entitled to had been miscalculated and was in fact £18,000. More money was then requested for tax and insurance which the victim paid. When the compensation cheque failed to arrive, she realised she had been the subject of a fraud.

UKASH is a genuine service that works as an internet money transfer scheme and it is the voucher serial number which is needed to claim the money. Police are advising that people only give the serial number to people they trust and to whom they want the money to go, and to treat the vouchers as they would cash.

Police wish to advise people to first check with their bank if they are informed they are entitled to compensation and to remind people of the risks of agreeing to pay cold callers upfront for something they are told they are entitled to and will later receive.

Please pass this warning onto elderly or vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours. If anyone has any doubts about the validity of someone's identification, please call Cumbria Constabulary for advice on telephone number 101.

For further information about protection from Financial Crime contact the Action Fraud Hotline on 0300123 2040 or visit 

Belt could save your life!

European Seat Belt Campaign launches this week- belt up!

Police officers across the county will be highlighting the importance of belting up when in a car as it could save your life.

The European Campaign launches today and will run until 18th March. Police officers in Cumbria will be attending schools to education young children about the importance of wearing a seat belt and drivers will be advised of the best car seat for their children.

In 2011 the campaign saw 115,038 penalties issued for not wearing a seatbelt, including 3642 relating to children not being restrained correctly.

PC Lee Hill, who is the lead for Cumbria Constabulary on this campaign, said: “It is important that we highlight the importance of wearing a seat belt, no matter what the age, recent statistics show that in a serious accident you are twice as likely to survive if you are wearing a seatbelt. However, a number of children are not being restrained correctly when in a car.
“Child seats can be expensive but it is a small cost to give a child the most protection when in a car. We will be handing out leaflets to people which provides more information on the correct child seat to use.
“We will be focusing on educating drivers, but those who drivers and passengers who fail to wear seatbelts in the front and back of vehicles are breaking the law and face on-the-spot fines of £60. If prosecuted, the maximum fine is £500.

To assist, some of the regulations have been summarised below. For more information go to
• You must wear a sealtbelt is one is fitted.
• Anyone aged 14 and over is responsible for wearing their seatbelt.
• It is the drivers’ responsibility for anyone under the age of 14.
• Children must use a correct car seat until they reach 135 cm or 12th birthday.

There are exemptions to wearing a seatbelt, for example:
• Reversing.
• Goods vehicle on deliveries travelling no more than 50 meters between stops.
• A licensed taxi driver ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers.

Barrow men jailed after vulnerable man was robbed in street

Four Barrow men were sentenced on Friday (9th March) for their part in a robbery which resulted in a vulnerable man receiving treatment in hospital.

Three 19 year old friends - Reece Fell of Chichester Place, Barrow; Keiron Flemming of Risedale Road and Jamie Mulholland of Ainslie Street – pleaded guilty to robbery on 21 October 2011.

A fourth man, Terry John Lafferty of Ulverston Road, pleaded not guilty to robbery but pleaded guilty on 11 January 2012 of the theft of £10 from the victim after a trial.

Friday’s sentence follows a police investigation after they were called to a backstreet between Hibbert Road and West View Road, Barrow on Friday 15th March 2011, just after 1.30am. Local residents raised the alarm after hearing the attack and officers arrived to find a 27 year old man with facial injuries after being assaulted. He also had his phone and £10 stolen from his person.

In Preston Crown Court on Friday, Fell, Flemming and Mulholland were sentenced to three years imprisonment. Lafferty was handed a 12 month community order.

DC Cheryl Smith said: “Local residents raised the alarm after a particularly vicious attack occurred against a vulnerable member of our community during the early hours of the morning.
A group of males set upon the victim and their mindless violence left him with facial injuries that required hospital treatment – and all for a mobile phone and £10 which they used to buy themselves a pizza.
“A police investigation was launched immediately after the incident was reported and after gathering evidence and forensics from the scene, we were able to get justice for the victim by bringing these men before the courts today.
“Everybody has the right to live in our communities without the fear of violence. We are committed to supporting victims of crime and will do everything we can to remove violent offenders from our streets.”