Thursday, 26 January 2012

UPDATE: Appeal to trace missing Ulverston man

We posted an appeal for help in tracing Mark Westall yesterday.  Since then, a witness has come forward with a potential sighting of Mark yesterday afternoon in Barrow.


It is believed that he got on a bus from Barrow Town Hall which took him to Barrow Railway Station, this was some time between 2 pm and 4 pm.

The police are appealing for anyone who may have sighted Mark around this time to come forward.

It is a couple of days now since Mark should have taken his medication and his family are very concerned that his condition will quickly deteriorate without this medication, and again anyone with any information is urgently requested to get in touch with Ulverston police by telephoning 101.

To give infomation without saying who you are, please ring the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Barrow CDRP latest Strategic Assessment

Every year Barrow Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership must carry out a review (strategic assessment) of crime and disorder across the Borough of Barrow.

This year it has been done by Cumbria County Council alongside the Joint Needs Assessment and the other Strategic Assessments for the other districts in Cumbria.  Lots of the information collated as part of our assessment is also collected as part of other assessments so it is logical for all of them to be done by the same team of people.

The Barrow-in-Furness Summary is a summary of all the information for the Borough of Barrow. 
The Technical Report contains all the statistics for the county - these are also broken down to district level and include figures for Barrow.

On the same page that all these links take you to, you will see Cumbria Community Safety Atlas which are maps of Cumbria with various crime related information on.  There are also instructions which are worth reading before you have a look at the maps!

We will use this assessment in the setting of our Plan for the coming year 2012-13.  Once we have the plan, as in previous years, we will be asking for your feedback and thoughts.

If you have any questions in the meantime then please feel free to get in touch as always.

Kind regards, Rebecca
01229 876475
242-244 Dalton Road
Barrow.  LA14 2JQ
E-mail: rrawlings@barrrowbc.gov.uk

Cumbria Police Authority Wants Your Views on the Police Budget Setting Process


Every year Cumbria Police Authority sets its annual budget and the budget for policing services across the county. In total we spend around £100m every year, which mainly comes from government grants and council tax.

The Police Authority has the task of setting the annual budget in advance, and must make sure that the cost of providing police services sits within the income we expect to receive.

This year, we have to decide whether to take an extra grant from the Government in exchange for freezing the amount of council tax that each household in Cumbria pays.

On the face of it, this seems like a great idea, but the grant will only be paid to us for one year and the Police Authority would then need to try and recoup that money in following years by raising council tax more than usual.

This would create problems, as there is a limit to how much council tax can be raised every year, so if we accept the grant now, we may not be able to recoup that money in future years, which would mean that policing might have to be cut by up to £1million on top of the £18m we already have to save.

Police Authority members have a difficult choice to make, but they think that it is most important to make sure police services are protected. This would mean increasing Council Tax.

What does this mean for you?

If we don’t accept the government grant next year we will need to increase council tax in 2012/13 and we will need to decide how much the increase should be.
The amount of increase would depend on what band of council tax your property is in.

If we do accept the government grant next year, the police authority element of the council tax will be frozen for a year, meaning your council tax will remain the same in 2012/13. However, council tax would then potentially need to increase by a larger amount in 2013/14.

We want to hear your views on the proposals

Please feedback by 31st January 2012 all feedback will then be submitted to the Police Authority for their consideration in making their final decision on the Police Budget.

• Email us at policeauthority@cumbria.police.uk

• Write to us at Budget Feedback, Cumbria Police Authority, Carleton Hall, Penrith, CA10 2AU

We're giving you the chance to have your say on the difficult budget decisions facing Cumbria Police Authority using a new online tool called 'Your Police Budget'. Your Police Budget puts you in charge of deciding how much to spend on different policing activities. To have a go please visit our website http://www.cumbriapoliceauthority.org.uk/community-engagement-activity/budget-consultation



Appeal to trace missing Ulverston man

Police are appealing from help from the public to trace a missing man from Ulverston.


44 year old Mark Westall, of North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston was last seen at 9.30pm on Monday 23rd January 2012 on North Lonsdale Road in the town.

He is described as white, 5' 6'' tall, of a stocky build with dark brown, collar length wavy hair. He was last seen wearing an orange jacket and blue trousers, with a light coloured sweatshirt worn under his jacket.

Police and Mr Westall’s family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare due to his sudden disappearance and because it is believed he has no money with him. However, he is believed to have a Stagecoach bus pass.

Police are appealing to Mark to contact them or his family to let them know he is safe. Any members of the public who believe they see a man matching this description are urged to contact Ulverston police on 101.



The Police new non-emergency number is 101

Police want to speak to Jimmy France

Jimmy France has contacted police and is currently helping them with their enquiries.  Thank you to all who helped.
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Detectives in Barrow are wanting to speak to Albert James William France, commonly known as Jimmy France, aged 37 from Barrow, in connection with criminal investigations and in breach of his police bail.


It is believe he is in the Barrow area and anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact the police.



If you recognise him from his picture and know where he is currently located, please contact Barrow CID on 101.

You can also give information without saying who you are by ringing the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

Police reappeal for info that will help them locate Barrow man who has been recalled to prison

Mr Wyatt has now been located by police.
27th February 2012
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Police have again appealed for information to help them find Kevin Anthony Wyatt, 27, from Barrow, as he has been recalled to prison.


Wyatt failed to return to the Carlisle hostel he was living in while he was on license from prison.

Police believe he may be in the Furness area.


Anybody who knows of Wyatt's whereabouts, or who has seen a man fitting his description, should call Barrow CID on 101.

You can also give information without saying who you are....please ring the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

3 men charged with drug offences

Three men have been charged with drugs offences as a result of arrests in Cumbria and Lancashire on Wednesday 18th January 2012.


Jamie Michael Cato, 40, of Harrowside, Blackpool, was arrested on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th January after his car was stopped by uniformed officers on the outskirts of Kirby Stephen. A quantity of Class B controlled drugs, including approximately 2kg of Amphetamine Sulphate, was recovered from the vehicle. Cato was subsequently charged with being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

Robert Jackson, 38, of Hampton Road, Blackpool was arrested at Harrowside, Blackpool along with Philip Joseph Eltman, 48, of Seaview Way, Fleetwood. Both men were subsequently charged with being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

All three men will appear before Carlisle Magistrates on 16th March 2012 for committal proceedings.

Media appeal from West Mercia police: Escaped prisoner - assistance required


Police Appeal For Information About Dangerous Prisoner

Police have issued an urgent appeal after a dangerous prisoner escaped from a prison escort van in North Worcestershire on the morning of Monday, 23 January 2012.

It happened at about 8.20am in Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, near Bromsgrove, close to HMP Hewell Grange.

The prisoner, John Anslow, was charged with murder by Staffordshire Police last week.

Anslow, aged 31, who is from the Tipton area, is one of five men charged with the murder of Richard Deakin, who was shot dead in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in 2010. He was charged on Wednesday, 18 January, and was on his way to Stafford Crown Court.

Anslow is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short straight dark brown hair.

Detective Inspector Jon Marsden of West Mercia Police said: “Three men wearing balaclavas, two of whom were carrying sledgehammers, got out of a silver Volkswagen Scirocco, and smashed the windscreen and driver’s window of the GEO Amey prison escort van.
“The van driver was punched but no serious injuries were sustained by escort staff. There were two other prisoners in the van at the time, neither of whom were released.”

The Scirroco drove off at speed. The group are believed to have switched to a silver Mercedes car in Stoney Lane, Bromsgrove, soon after.

Det Insp Marsden added: “Anslow has recently been charged with murder and is considered dangerous. We are working closely with our colleagues from West Midlands and Staffordshire Police forces and a large number of officers from all three forces are involved in the search for him. However we would urge any members of the public who sees him not to approach him directly, but to contact police immediately on 999.”

Information can also be passed on to West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 87-s-230112, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Family pay tribute to heroic father who died in A5087 collision

The family of 61 year old George Tyson who sadly died in a road traffic collision on the A5087 at Conishead, Bardsea on Sunday have paid tribute to a caring and heroic father who ‘died doing the thing he loved most.’

Melanie Tyson, George’s daughter said on behalf of her family: “George was my dad and he died on Sunday doing the thing he loved the most. He was walking, as he does most Sundays, with my brother Garry, down the Coast Road towards Ulverston. My dad’s life was cruelly taken away from him, although through various witness statements, the story is blessed with his selfless act of saving the life of my brother. We, as a family, are still in shock of this news but realise that my dad’s quick action saved it from being an even bigger tragedy.
My dad was a loyal Ulverstonian who cared for a great deal of people over his life in the wonderful town he loved. He was for a long time heavily involved in the community and had a large part to play in various projects to bring us all together – and, more importantly, help the kids get the most out of living in this beautiful town of ours. He was a naturally gifted carpenter who loved varnishing everything he could find. He was immensely talented.
He practically built our family home from scratch and will be forever remembered carrying his tools around the house and drilling holes in - in my mum’s opinion - too many walls. He loved making a mess and I’ll always remember the great times we had, along with my brother and sometimes at the expense of my mum’s patience, having too many laughs.

“Most people of Ulverston will know him through the long term care and help he has shown my brother and most people with have at some point seen them pacing through town on their many missions. Garry, who was left disabled following his own tragic accident, was inseparable from his dad and the huge amount of time, care and patience my dad showed will be hugely missed.

“Myself and my own family are soon to be returning to live in Ulverston and with the help of Will, my Mum and Garry, will help me bring my son up in this big hearted town that his Granddad loved and cared for so much.”

The collision occurred at about 3.50pm on Sunday 22nd January 2012 and involved Mr Tyson of Alexander Gardens, Ulverston, his son Garry, and a white coloured Vauxhall Corsa driven by a 17 year old male from Barrow. He was arrested on suspicion of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving and was subsequently released on bail until 4 April 2012 pending further enquiries.

Mr Tyson’s son was conveyed to Furness General Hospital by ambulance and he was released after treatment.

The police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and they are asked to contact PC Simon Tunstall at Ulverston Roads Policing Unit on the non emergency number of 101.
You can also give information anonymously by ringing the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Monday, 23 January 2012

First day in post for Cumbria’s new Chief Constable


Cumbria Constabulary’s new Chief Constable began his new role today after the Police Authority appointed him as the county’s top cop.

The Police Authority appointed Stuart Hyde as Chief Constable last week after Craig Mackey announced his move to become Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Speaking about his new role, Chief Constable Hyde said: “Today I begin my role as the Chief Constable of Cumbria and I feel privileged to be leading such a dedicated team of officers and staff.
“My focus for the next 18 months will be to ensure Cumbria remains a safe place to live, work and visit, and to deliver the best policing service we can afford.
“Our main challenge will be to continue delivering such high performance with fewer people and a smaller budget, so my priority will be to identify further efficiencies that enable us to maintain a visible, front-line policing service to the people of Cumbria.
“I also want to work more closely with partner agencies, both at a county and district level, so that we can maximise any back office efficiencies and tackle community priorities more effectively by dealing with issues together.
“Tackling serious and organised crime will remain a priority, and I want to ensure that we develop our tactics to ensure we stay ahead, and remain in a strong position to tackle the changing face of criminality.”

Ray Cole, Chair of Cumbria Police Authority, said: "We are fortunate to have a strong Chief Officer Group whose leadership has driven down Cumbria’s crime and anti-social behaviour levels year on year.
“I’m confident that the team, led by Stuart, will continue this hard work and I look forward to working alongside the new Chief Constable to build upon Cumbria Constabulary’s successes.”

Assistant Chief Constables Michelle Skeer and Jerry Graham will split the temporary Deputy Chief Constable post between them, taking it in turns to fill the position until August 2013. Deputy Chief Constable Jerry Graham has taken up the role today and will remain in post until the end of October 2012.

The Police Authority has decided to leave the remaining Assistant Chief Constable post vacant at this time due to the organisation’s reduced budget and internal staffing reviews that are ongoing.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Have you seen missing Barrow teen, Reece Tarr?

Reece was found on Friday teatime (20th January 2012).  Thanks to all who helped.
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Police in Barrow are trying to trace a local boy, who has been missing since the 18th January.


Reece Tarr, 15, was last seen by his family at his home in Barrow at around 7pm on Wednesday.

Officers believe he is still in the Barrow area, and are appealing for anyone who knows of Reece’s whereabouts, or has seen a boy fitting his description, to call Barrow Police on 101.

Reece is described as a white male, 5ft 3ins tall, medium build, with short, blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a brown hooded top, grey track suit bottoms and white trainers.

You can also give information anonymously by ringing the Crimestoppers charity on 080 555 111

Police investigating Barrow frauds release CCTV

Police have released the image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a series of fraud offences committed in Barrow before Christmas.


The image was captured on CCTV around the time that an offence took place in Tesco in Barrow on the morning of 20 December 2011, when a man went into the shop and moved a Dyson Hoover from display before taking it to the Customer Services till to request a refund, stating that he had bought the item a few weeks before. The man left the store empty handed after being questioned by staff.

Officers are also investigating similar offences were reported in Barrow that same day. Between 10.30am and 10.45am, a man entered Homebase and removed high value items from display. He then took it to Customer Services to request a refund, informing them that he had bought the items a few weeks before. He was unsuccessful in getting a refund.

Two very similar offences were reported at B&Q in Barrow later that morning. On two occasions on the same morning, the first between 11am and 11.05am, then again at 11.15-11.20am, the same man attempted to commit the same offence as happened in Homebase and Tesco.

Later, between 11.20am and 11.25am on 20 December, a man entered The Range and removed high value items from display. He then went to the Customer Services section and was successful in securing a refund.

Police are investigating these offences and are keen to speak to the man pictured in the CCTV in connection with them.
If you recognise him, please call Barrow’s Retail Crime Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111







Newest and cutest recruits arrive at Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Constabulary will welcome the arrival of their newest, youngest and fluffiest recruits next week.

The three German Shepherd puppies, who are 8 weeks old, will arrive from the Isle of Man to start their training as police dogs for Cumbria Constabulary.

The pups were donated from the dog breeding programme at the Isle Of Man Constabulary and join the existing 12 General Purpose police dogs, 12 drugs dogs and explosives dogs currently assisting the fight against crime in Cumbria.

For the next six months, the new recruits will work alongside their handlers to form a bond, socialise with a diverse range of people and gain experience in a variety of environments and locations.

The pups, two female and one male, are replacing three police dogs which are all due to retire.

PC Steve Jones, PC Simon Hodgkinson and PC Jonathan Chappell will each receive one of the new pups and will start their training as soon as they arrive.

Sergeant Mark Yielder, from the Dog Unit at Cumbria Constabulary, said: “The next six months is all about familiarising the dogs with as many new people, places and experiences as possible, so that they are able to deal with any situation they’re faced with when they start work.
“We spend a lot more time playing with the dogs than you would a family pet, and rather than fluffy animals and balls, these dogs have sets of keys and tools as toys, so that they get used to the kinds of materials and objects they will be expected to search for at crime scenes in the future.
They are also exposed to loud noises by playing recordings of thunder, lightening and firework noises on a stereo so that they get used to the unexpected, and grow into bold working dogs.”

It will be at least a year before the pups begin training in earnest, and around 18 months before they start working, giving them the time they need to grow in confidence and strength.

Once trained, the dogs will be used during public order incidents, to locate missing people, search crime scenes and hunt for offenders.

Sergeant Ian Kelly, from the Isle of Man Police, said: “It is great to see these dogs going to a force which we have such a good working relationship with. We work closely with our colleagues in Cumbria and attend training courses held by them and have our dogs independently licensed by their instructors when we can. We mutually assist each other in searches, for example, they helped us with security searches last September when we hosted the Commonwealth Youth Games and we have assisted with searches for Royal visits”.
The parents of these pups are both working police dogs within the Isle of Man. Dad is called Bodie, aged three and a half years and their mother, Saxon is two and a half and both are pedigree Kennel Club registered with lines going back to Slovakia and Belgium. The pups should hopefully adapt to the role of a police dog, although nothing is ever guaranteed with puppies.”

Members of the public will be able to follow the progress of the pups on the police Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cumbriapolice and Inspector Matthew Kennerley has launched a new Twitter site: www.twitter.com/policedogunit which will provide updates on the puppies progression, information on the Dogs Unit, handlers, training and the incidents they attend.

Details of a competition to guess the name of one of the puppies will be added to Cumbria Police’s Facebook page and the new Dogs Unit Twitter site. The prize will be a visit to the Dog Unit at Cumbria Constabulary where they will meet the puppies and the police officers who work there. Schools will also be able to enter the competition. 

Keep your eye on the following webpage to see when the competition is open:  www.cumbria.police.uk/policedogunit

Two of Cumbria's current police dogs with their handlers.........
PC Charlie Sowerby and Leo
PC Jon Chappel and Penny



Christmas Drink and Drugs Driving Campaign 2011/12 – The Results


Cumbria police today issued the results of their Christmas Drink Driving Campaign.

The annual crackdown ran from 1st December 2011 to 1st January 2012. During that period, officers conducted 3,345 breath tests across the county, of which 88 either proved positive for traces of alcohol, or the driver failed or refused to provide a test. 33 of the positive tests, or failures to provide a test, followed a collision.

This means that 2.6 per cent of motorists tested for alcohol were over the limit.

In December 2010, a total of 1,641 breath tests were taken with a total of 58 drivers providing positive breath tests. This meant that 3.5 per cent of those tested were over the limit. Cumbria experienced particularly bad weather in December 2010, meaning far fewer motorists used the county’s roads and, consequently, a much smaller number of breath tests were carried out by police.

Officers are pleased with the reduction in the rate of people caught drink driving, but disappointed that a minority of motorists continue to put other road users at risk by getting behind the wheel after having a drink.

Inspector Andy Wilkinson from Cumbria’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “We are pleased to have seen a reduction in the percentage of positive breath tests but it is still quite shocking that there are so many people who continue to ignore the law and risk the lives of other road users by drink driving.
“The effects of driving under the influence of drink and drugs can be devastating and will not be tolerated in Cumbria.
“We will continue to crack down on those who are intent on driving under the influence of alcohol. Everyone should take responsibility for road safety by reminding friends and family to drive safely and by reporting anyone they know to be drink driving to police immediately.”

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “I am disappointed that there are some people who continue to ignore our warnings and put lives at risk by driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
"There is no excuse for this and we will not tolerate those who needlessly endanger the lives of other road users.
“The penalties for drink and drug driving include fines, the loss of driving licences and even prison, but these are nothing compared to the risk of injury and loss of life that rises steeply when motorist’s reactions are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
“During 2012 we will continue to target those who choose to drink and drug drive and are committed to making the roads of Cumbria safer.”

If you suspect someone is drink driving call police on 101 or call 999 in an emergency



Thursday, 19 January 2012

Police seek missing Barrow girl

Abigail was found safe and well last night.  Thanks to everyone who helped.
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Police in Barrow are trying to trace a local girl, who has been missing since the 17th January.


Abigail Backhouse, 15, was last seen by her family at her home in Barrow at around 7pm on Tuesday.

Officers believe she is still in the Barrow area, and are appealing for anyone who knows of Abigail’s whereabouts or has seen a girl fitting her description, to call Barrow Police on 101.

If you would like to provide information without saying who you are then please ring the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

Abigail is described as a white female, 5ft 4ins tall, medium build, with dark, shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark track suit top and was carrying a Paul’s Boutique, leopard-print bag.



Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Chief Constable heads south after five successful years in Cumbria

 Chief Constable Craig Mackey will be leaving Cumbria Constabulary at the end of January to take up a new role with the Metropolitan police.

After five successful years in charge of Cumbria Constabulary, Mr Mackey will be heading to London’s Metropolitan Police on 23 January 2012 to assume the role of Deputy Commissioner.

The Chair of the Police Authority has spoken highly of Mr Mackey’s achievements and regrets of his departure. Ray Cole, the Chair of Cumbria Police Authority, said: “Working alongside Craig, the Authority and Constabulary have faced a range of challenges – from major incidents like the West Cumbria Shootings in 2010 and the flooding in 2009, to providing the people of Cumbria with a high quality policing service in the face of £20.3 million worth of budget cuts.
“Cumbria Constabulary has not only come through all of these challenges to date, it has done so whilst improving its performance year on year. Craig leaves the Constabulary in a healthy position of having some of the lowest crime and anti-social behaviour levels in the country and I wish him every success in his new role.”

Chief Constable Craig Mackey said: “While I am excited to be taking up a new role within the Metropolitan Police, my move away from Cumbria is tinged with sadness.
“It has been an honour and privilege to be the Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary and I will be sad to leave colleagues and friends behind. In the last five years we have experienced some of the most testing times in the Constabulary’s history and I am immensely proud of each and every person I have had the honour of working with.
The success that the Constabulary has experienced over the last few years would not have been possible without the unfailing support from our local communities. When I took up my role as Chief Constable I pledged to focus on neighbourhood policing. I wanted local people to get to know their police force and encouraged officers and PCSOs to get out on the streets. I have personally met with community groups from Carlisle to Barrow and all those in between – and have been impressed by the commitment and willingness that all residents have to work alongside police to improve their neighbourhoods.
“I will always have a great fondness for Cumbria which has been my home for the last five years. I believe a little piece of the county will always be with me and I look forward to watching with interest as Cumbria Constabulary continues to go from strength to strength.

Chief Constable Craig MacKey at the Neighbourhood Watch Annual General Meeting at the end of last year.  Pete Thomas from Fife Street Neighbourhood Watch in Barrow received the High Sheriff's Shield.
From left to right: Dr John Perkins, Chair of Neighbourhood Watch in Cumbria; Iona Frost-Pennington, High Sheriff of Cumbria; Pete Thomas with the Shield, Fife Street Neighbourhood Watch, Barrow; Rebecca Rawlings, Community Safety Officer, Barrow Borough Council; Chief Constable Craig MacKey.
The Police Authority appointed Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde as the temporary Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary until August 2013.

When the Deputy Chief Constable takes on his new role, Assistant Chief Constables Michelle Skeer and Jerry Graham will split the temporary Deputy Chief Constable post between them, taking it in turns to fill the position until August 2013. ACC Jerry Graham will take up the role of temporary Deputy Chief Constable at the end of January until the end of October 2012.

The Police Authority has decided to leave the remaining Assistant Chief Constable role vacant which will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Police seek Barrow man who has been recalled to prison

Mr Wyatt has now been located by police. 
27th February 2012
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Police want to find Kevin Anthony Wyatt, 27, from Barrow, as he has been recalled to prison.


Wyatt failed to return to the Carlisle hostel he was living in while he was on license from prison.

Police believe he may be in the Furness area.

Anybody who knows of Wyatt's whereabouts, or who has seen a man fitting his description, should call Barrow CID on 101.

If you have information but do not want to say who you are then please ring the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111






Police want to speak to Daniel Green from Dalton

Note 19th January: Daniel Green was located by the police last night (18 January 2012) and is currently helping officers with their enquiries.
Thank you to all those who helped.

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Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary that occurred in Dalton on Saturday 19th November 2011.


His name is Daniel Green and he is 26-yrs-old and from Dalton. Police believe he is likely to be in the Furness area.
If you know of Daniel's whereabouts, or have seen a man fitting his description, please contact Detective Sergeant Helen Ellis from South Cumbria CID on 101.

You can also give information without saying who you are by ringing the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.













Can you help police track down Kendal man?

Police are re-appealing for the public’s help to trace a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary that occurred in Kendal on Saturday 10th September 2011.


His name is Jonathon Calvert and he is 25-yrs-old and from Kendal. Police believe he is likely to be in the Kendal area.

If you know of Jonathon’s whereabouts, or have seen a man fitting his description, please contact Detective Sergeant Helen Ellis from South Cumbria CID on 101.

You can also give information anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by ringing 0800 555 111

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Police continue search for missing Kendal man, John James Capstick

Police are continuing their search today (17th Jan) for missing Kendal man John James Capstick.



John James Capstick
 48-yr-old Mr Capstick, from Finley Drive, was reported missing on Sunday 15th January after he failed to arrive at a family member’s home in Sedbergh. He has not been seen since and police officers and Mr Capstick’s family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

He is described as slim with short grey hair. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, black woollen hat and black shoes. Mr Capstick is known to be driving a green Ford Maverick registration number P970 SFR.

The search today will continue to focus on the Lake District area and National Park Rangers have volunteered to assist police officers who are trying to locate him. Dedicated officers from North Yorkshire Police and Lancashire Police will also join in the search on their sides of the county border.

Members of the public who see his vehicle or a man matching his description are urged to contact Kendal police immediately on 101.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Deputy Chief Constable appointed temporary Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary


The Police Authority has appointed Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde as temporary Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary.

After meeting on Friday 13 January, the Police Authority decided to offer Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde the Chief Constable position on a temporary basis until August 2013. DCC Hyde has accepted this post and, as a result, has withdrawn his application for the role of Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police.

DCC Stuart Hyde will become temporary Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary on 23 January 2012

Mr MacKey (the outgoing Chief Constable) will assume the role of Deputy Commissioner for the Metropolitan police on 23rd January 2012
 When the Deputy Chief Constable takes on his new role later this month, Assistant Chief Constables Michelle Skeer and Jerry Graham will split the temporary Deputy Chief Constable post between them, taking it in turns to fill the position until August 2013. ACC Jerry Graham will take up the role of temporary Deputy Chief Constable at the end of January until the end of October 2012.

ACC Jerry Graham
ACC Michelle Skeer














The Police Authority has decided to leave the remaining Assistant Chief Constable post vacant at this time due to the organisation’s reduced budget and internal staffing reviews that are ongoing.

Police Authority Chairman Ray Cole said: “Since his appointment as Chief Constable in 2007, Craig’s hard work, dedication and leadership has steered the Constabulary through some extremely challenging times.
“As well as guiding us through some of the most tragic incidents experienced in British policing, he has also helped to improve the Constabulary’s performance year on year, leaving Cumbria with crime and anti-social behaviour levels that are among the lowest in the country.
The Chief Officer Group is strong and I’m confident that the team, led by Stuart, will continue this hard work. We are fortunate to have two experienced Assistant Chief Constables who are dedicated to making Cumbria safer. The Authority has decided to build on their skills and experience and ensure continuity within the Chief Officer Team by offering them both the opportunity to act as temporary Deputy Chief Constable for a nine month period. We have decided to keep one of the Assistant Chief Constable posts vacant at this time but this will be reviewed on a regular basis.
I know I speak for the whole Authority when I say that we will be very sorry to see Craig leave but look forward to working alongside Stuart Hyde to build upon Cumbria Constabulary’s successes.”

Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said: “I am delighted to be offered this position and look forward to beginning a new and challenging role.
“The Chief Officer Team has been working together for three years and will build on our successes. My priority will continue to be ensuring that Cumbria remains safe and that we deliver the best policing service we can afford.”

Stuart Hyde’s Biography
Stuart Hyde was born and educated in Bristol. On leaving school he studied Law at Birmingham University completing his studies in 1983. During this period he was elected to the post of Deputy President of the Guild of Students, spending a year as a full time official.

In 1983 he joined Avon & Somerset Constabulary starting his career in St Paul’s, Bristol. He held a variety of posts culminating in his final role as Head of Drugs & Crime Squads.

In 1997 he was promoted to Detective Superintendent in West Yorkshire Police where he managed a number of Force Crime departments. He moved to a Senior Investigating Officers role in Bradford and was subsequently promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent.

He was promoted to the post of Assistant Chief Constable in the West Midlands in April 2004 and took on the portfolio for Operations then from August 2008 moved to the portfolio for Crime.

His national responsibilities have included the Police use of DNA, creating the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre CEOP and reducing crime against students.

In 2006 to 2007 he was seconded to The Home Office (Immigration) as Strategic Director of Enforcement and helped to tip the balance of returning failed asylum seekers and increased the return of Foreign national Prisoners.

On his return to force from the Home Office he undertook the Operations Portfolio and transformed the force state of preparedness for critical incidents and acts of terrorism.

He is the lead nationally for Student Crime Reduction, E-Crime Prevention, and National Fraud Reporting Centre.

Stuart is President of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (http://www.polcyb.org/)

In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of his achievements in tackling online crime.

In June 2009 he became the Deputy Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary where he has strategic responsibility for Personnel and Development, Strategic Development, Professional Standards, Legal Services, Marketing and Media, I.T. and the Programme Management Unit.

Police grow increasingly concerned for missing John Capstick

Police in Kendal are growing increasingly concerned for a local man after he was reported missing yesterday, Sunday 16 January.


Police officers and family members of 48 year old John James Capstick of Finley Drive, Kendal are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare after he failed to arrive at a family member’s home in Sedbergh yesterday afternoon. He has not been seen since.

He is described as having short grey hair and of a slim build. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, black woollen hat and black shoes. Mr Capstick is known to be driving a green Ford Maverick registration number P970 SFR.

Police officers have been making local enquiries and searching the local area overnight. A large scale search is being resumed this morning and police are appealing for Mr Capstick to contact police to let them know he is safe and well.

Members of the public who see his vehicle or a man matching his description are urged to contact Kendal police immediately on 101.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Bridging the gap - help back to work

ADS (Addiction Dependency Solutions) Cumbria is introducing their award-winning Bridging the Gap programme in Ulverston at Ford Park from the 21st of February and needs applicants to get in contact now. The programme, designed to get people into work, is calling for more students to enrol. The course is free and all expenses, including childcare, will be reimbursed.


Bridging the Gap is an award-winning training programme to help people who have experienced substance misuse-related problems gain the skills necessary to become work-ready. It can provide a route to paid work, voluntary work or further education through gaining skills, experience and qualifications.

The course is open to anyone living in South Cumbria who has had a problem with drug or alcohol misuse, and is now free from illicit drugs and in a stable condition. Bridging the Gap is also open to concerned others, whether this is a partner or other family members, who have often faced a harrowing journey themselves, trying to support a loved one in trying circumstances.

Students will be required to attend for 15 hours a week, with help available to pay for transport and childcare costs. The emphasis of the course is getting people back into employment and there will be opportunities for work placements and support to gain new qualifications.

Ann Dermott, ADS Cumbria Bridging the Gap Co-ordinator, said “The benefits of the programme are huge and we know from other areas where the course has been implemented that students can go on to secure full-time employment or into further education”.

If you would like any immediate information regarding Bridging the Gap contact Anne Dermott on – 01768 861 280 (07730711800 mob.) or email cumbria.btg@adsolutions.org.uk

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Police drive down festive retail crime by 50 per cent in Barrow


Barrow police have dramatically reduced retail crime in Barrow over the Christmas period with thefts from shops falling by over 50 per cent over the last two years.

The annual operation, dubbed ‘Operation Scapula’ involved officers and PCSOs from Barrow Police’s Community Team who were supported by officers from the Southern Tactical Support Group and Response officers who carried out both undercover and high visibility foot patrols around retail parks and the town centre shops and car parks.

The operation was launched on 21st November 2011 and concluded on 5th January 2012.

Sergeant Ian McClymont said: “Historically, you see a rise in retail crime around the Christmas period so we planned ahead and launched a dedicated Operation to support local businesses and deter criminals in the town.
“By working closely with retailers and CCTV operators, I am pleased to see that there has been a reduction in retail crime of over 50% during the last two years.”

Between 21st November 2009 and 5th January 2010, 84 retail thefts were recorded. During 21st November 2010 and 5th January 2011, 52 retail thefts were reported to police and this year’s Operation saw the numbers drop to only 37 reported retail thefts.

Sgt McClymont continued: “It is fantastic to see such a dramatic reduction in retail crime as it shows that hard work from police officers and partners has paid off. What is also very encouraging is that the number of these types of offences that are detected by police has also risen - from 82% in 2009 to 86% in 2011 – meaning that more shoplifters are being caught, charged and brought before the courts.
Of the 37 crimes reported to police this year, 86.5% (32) were detected and £2286.26 worth of property connected to these crimes was recovered.
Shoplifting and theft is something that we work hard to tackle all year round in Barrow and I think that criminals are getting the message that they are not welcome here.

Our dedicated police retail team in Barrow of PC John Paton and PCSOs Helen Fortey and Tracy Livingston make sure that the chances of getting caught shoplifting in Barrow is very high indeed, and it is our intention to keep it that way throughout 2012.”

Monday, 9 January 2012

Have you seen anything suspicious on a South Lakes ATM recently?

South Lakes police are appealing for information after receiving reports that suspicious devices may have been placed on the ATM machines at Barclays Bank in Ambleside and Windermere on the 5th and 6th of January 2012.



A photograph of strip that was seized by police from the machines before Christmas
The bank reported suspicions to the police after the machines displayed an ‘error’ message that was similar to the one displayed before Christmas when offender(s) attached a silver coloured plastic strip to the cash dispenser, preventing the user from collecting their money (see photo above).
Police are investigating whether the machine was tampered with and are appealing to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of the machines - or who may have experienced suspicious transactions - to contact their bank and police at Windermere station on 101.

You can also report crime ANONYMOUSLY by ringing the Crimestoppers charity for free on 0800 555 111

Victim Support calls for victims and witnesses of crime to take part in focus groups and interviews in Cumbria


Victim Support will be running focus groups and interviews with victims and witnesses of crime in Cumbria over the next two months as part of a national project to raise awareness of important local issues facing victims and witnesses.

The Victim Support ‘victims’ services advocates project’ will involve talking to victims and witnesses about their experience of crime and finding out what services are available for them across England and Wales. Local victims’ services advocates employed by the charity will produce local reports on their findings. These will be used to raise awareness of important issues affecting victims and witnesses and to make sure that each new police and crime commissioner has victim and witness issues on their agenda when they are elected in November 2012.

Tim Kell, Victims’ Services Advocate for Cumbria, is looking for victims and witnesses of antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse, sexual assault and hate crime to take part in local focus groups or individual interviews. Victims must have experienced the crime within the last two years and not currently be involved in criminal justice proceedings or a court case relating to the crime.

Tim explained the importance of giving local victims and witnesses a voice:

“We are asking local people to take part in this important project to represent the needs and views of people who have experienced crime in Cumbria. We want to find out how people have been treated as a victim or witness by the police and criminal justice system and if they have found suitable services to support them through a difficult time in their lives”

If you are interested in taking part in a focus group or arranging an interview, please contact Tim Kell on 0191-212 5847 or 07908 958 358, or at tim.kell@victimsupport.org.uk – or visit http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/ for more details

Friday, 6 January 2012

New line of enquiry for investigation into Ulverston dog shooting

Police investigating the shooting of a dog in Ulverston on Boxing Day are following new lines of enquiry after witnesses have come forward.


Officers launched an investigation after receiving reports that a dog was shot on Birkrigg Common in Little Urswick, Ulverston sometime between 12pm and 2pm on 26 December.

Officers were informed about the incident on 28 December when the dog had already been buried. The initial report provided to police stated that a male occupant of a white coloured Land Rover Defender shot the pet dog while the owner, a woman from Barrow, was walking out of sight some distance behind. The vehicle is then believed to have driven off from the scene.

This week, three witnesses to the incident have come forward and officers are now following up lines of enquiry after their information suggests that the dog was worrying livestock in the area at the time the shooting took place.

Inspector Kevin Spedding said: “Our investigation is still active and we are still keen to trace a number of witnesses who we know were in the vicinity of Birkrigg Common on Boxing Day.
“We managed to trace a witness earlier this week who has presented us with a view of the events that afternoon which suggest that the dog was worrying livestock at the time, causing sheep to run out into moving traffic. We are now looking into whether this was the case and are appealing directly to motorists who may have witnessed this incident – or a part of it – to come forward.
Two motorists who were in the vicinity and saw the shooting contacted us yesterday, providing us with very similar accounts. All three witnesses state that, in their opinion, the actions of the man who shot the dog were due to the animal worrying sheep at the time.
We now need to trace further witnesses which include the man who shot the dog, so that we can hear his version of events and try to establish the exact circumstances"

Motorists advised to take care in icy conditions

Police are urging motorists to take extra care and drive to the conditions this morning as many of the county’s roads are icy.


Temperatures have dropped overnight which has led to dangerous road conditions – particularly on some rural roads in Cumbria.

Police are urging motorists to take extra care and drive to the conditions. Pavements are just as susceptible to freezing as roads, so take care when walking as well as when driving.

Police have been called to the following road traffic collisions this morning (Friday 6th January) where icy conditions may have been a contributory factor:
  • At 6.11am, police were called to a collision on the A5084 at Water Yeat, Ulverston involving a white van and a motorcyclist who suffered a leg injury.
  • At 7.37am, police were called to a one vehicle damage only collision on the B5284 in Kendal, involving a grey Peugeot estate which was blocking the road. Recovery is currently at the scene
  • At 7.53am, police were called to a one vehicle damage only collision on the Penrith to Lazonby Road, close to Penrith golf course. The vehicle, a blue Daewoo driven by a 25 yr old man from Lazonby was on its side in a ditch.
To keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office website: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

You can also contact the Cumbria Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609.

Safety advice for motorists
• Plan your journey in advance
• Check local and national weather forecasts and tune into local radio stations to check on road conditions and closures
• Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive and ensure you have a charged mobile phone with you
• Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots and a torch. In snowy conditions, take a spade
• Clear your windows and mirrors fully before you set off and carry a screen scraper and de-icer

If you have an accident, break-down or become stuck in bad weather conditions:
• Do not use a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or ask a passenger to make the call
• On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone because the emergency services and breakdown recovery services will be able to locate you easily. If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the hard shoulder
• If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you

Vehicle maintenance:
• Keep lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow – remember also to clear your vehicle roof of compacted snow in case it dislodges while you drive, as this could be dangerous to other road users
• Keep your battery fully charged
• Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer
• Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order
• Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure. Consider changing to high performance winter tyres.

Drive according to weather conditions:
• Allow extra time and distance to brake as it can take ten times longer to stop in wet or icy conditions
• Adapt your driving behaviour. Keep in mind the decreased visibility and changing road conditions.
• Slow down and avoid sudden or jerky movements
• When driving on ice or snow use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
• To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently
• Be wary of satellite navigation systems as they tend to direct you over high rural roads that are likely to be closed or particularly hazardous in winter
• Do not assume that pedestrians have seen you. They may be elderly, young or not be able to hear you
• Do not attempt to cross flooded roads if the water seems too deep
• Drive slowly through water in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling
• Test your brakes when you have driven through a flood before you drive again at normal speed

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Police non-emergency number, 101 is catching on


Since the launch of the new non-emergency police number, 101, it is catching on and is being used more and more by the residents in Cumbria.

On average, 25% of the non-emergency calls being made to Cumbria Constabulary are via the 101 number since its launch on 13 December 2011.

The new number will eventually replace Cumbria Constabulary’s current non-emergency number, 0845 33 00 247. This number, in time, will be phased out. All calls for Cumbria are still answered by the same Police staff in the Constabulary’s Communications Centre.

When calling 101, the system will determine the caller’s location and play a recorded message announcing the police force they’re being connected to. Callers will also hear options to select for neighbouring Forces. If callers are on a boundary between two or more forces, the recorded message will give a choice of which force to be connected to. If a caller wishes to contact a Force not given in these options, then there is a further option to select to speak with an operator who will route the caller to any of the 43 Forces in England and Wales.

Calls to 101 will cost 15p per call, no matter what time of day it is, or how long the call lasts. This means everyone calling the police will know exactly how much a call will cost them, whether they’re calling from a landline or a mobile phone.

Chief Inspector Dawn Allen, from the Constabulary’s Communication Centre, said "It is positive to see that the 101 number is being used and this will go from strength to strength in the up and coming months now that the number is being promoted across the county.
“101 is a easy number to remember for non-emergency calls and unfortunately over the New Year period we did see an increase in the number of non-emergency calls being made to the 999 number.
“I would like to remind people 999 should only be used in cases of emergency, all other calls and enquiries should be made to the 101 where Communications staff will be able to help you.”

Further details about 101 will be published through local posters and advertisements that will appear throughout the county over the up and coming weeks.

Anyone who is unsure is advised to speak to their local police officer who will be able to reassure them. More information is available on the Constabulary’s website at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/news/latest-news/police-launch-101


To find out more about what is happening in the local community, visit http://www.cumbria.police.uk/cumbriacommunitymessaging

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

South Lakeland police warn community of email scam


Police in South Lakeland are urging people to be wary of an email scam that has recently been reported to them.

Officers have had several reports of an email scam that involves an offender gaining access to your email account and emailing all of your contacts, purporting to be you. The email states that you are on holiday or on a journey and have either lost your passports/documents/money/mobile phone or they have been stolen and asks for the recipient to send money by transfer.

Terry Belshaw a Community Safety Officer from Cumbria Constabulary said: “Sadly, some well meaning people have been duped by this scam only to realise that their friends are not in fact in trouble or even on holiday.
“If you receive an email that is similar to the one I have described, please take time to read it carefully and treat it with caution. Before sending any money, establish whether your friend is on holiday or in trouble – in this day and age it would be unusual for someone to have email facility and no telephone.
“Police do receive complaints of dishonesty and scams where criminals operate over the internet or by telephone. Police always urge people to be cautious and to check out the person or company’s credentials. Make sure that you use only secure sites when you are on the internet, and do not respond to emails or phone calls that ask for financial details. No reputable company or person will ask you for this private information or ask you to part with money over the phone or via email.
“Remember that giving out details over the phone or online can cause real problems if they fall into the wrong hands. If you feel that there is something suspicious about any contact you receive by phone or email, contact the Police on 101 or call your local Trading Standards via Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.



Police investigating dog shooting appeal for community's help

A police investigation is ongoing into the reported shooting of a dog in UIverston on Boxing Day.


The incident occurred between 12pm and 2pm on 26 December on Birkrigg Common, Little Urswick however it was not reported to the police until 28th Dec 2011. From the accounts provided so far it is believed that the occupants of a white coloured Land Rover Defender were responsible for the fatal shooting of a pet dog while the owner, a woman from Barrow, was walking out of sight some distance behind. The vehicle is then believed to have driven off from the scene.

Inspector Kevin Spedding said: “This was a very distressing incident for those involved and a team of local officers are investigating in an effort to establish the full circumstances. Unfortunately the 48 hour delay in the incident being reported to us meant we did not attend at the time; however officers have been visible in the area since, and have been appealing to local dog walkers in an effort to trace potential witnesses. We are especially keen to speak with a couple who were walking a spaniel dog in the area and who may well have witnessed the incident.
“This is a crime that has not happened in the area before and we are determined to find out what the motive was for this incident and exactly who is responsible. Understandably, the owner of the dog has been left incredibly distressed by the ordeal.
“There will be increased police patrols on Birkrigg Common to help provide future reassurance to the local community and I would appeal to local residents to help us catch whoever is responsible by providing us with information. If you were in the area on Boxing Day, you might hold vital information so please come forward.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may be responsible is urged to contact Ulverston police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Police advise motorists to take care driving


Cumbria police are urging motorists to take extra care and lower their speed as the county experiences high winds.

Gales of up to 70 mph have hit Cumbria and motorists are advised to take take care when driving by lowering their speed.

A number of reports have been received across the region regarding disruption on roads due to fallen trees and branches:
- 07:36 am a report was received of a wagon on the hard shoulder on the M6 southbound near to Tebay, Penrith, which is believed to have been blown off the road by the high winds. This is clear of the carriage way and is not currently causing a disruption.
- 07:38 a report of a tree in the road on the A66 at Kirby Thore, Penrith. Police are in attendance.
- 07:55 am a report was received of a tree branch in the road on the A590 Crooklands, Milnthorpe. Police are currently attending.

Police are urging motorists to slow down, take extra care and avoid taking any unnecessary journeys.

Check the Traffic Link section of Cumbria Constabulary’s website (www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic) which is designed to provide information about the current state of Cumbria’s roads and the immediate surrounding areas in relation to road traffic collisions, weather, and delays as a result of incidents and congestion. The information provided is sourced from police and the Highways Agency and is updated every 10 minutes.

Details of road closures can be found by logging on to www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/local/cumbria.shtml or by listening to BBC Radio Cumbria.

Check weather reports through your local media.