Cumbria Constabulary

Ten years on, police colleagues remember hero Bill

Cumbria Police officers will today be remembering their colleague Bill Barker, who was swept away by flood water nearly 10 years ago.

PC Bill Barker
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PC Barker was directing traffic away from a bridge in Workington, when it collapsed beneath him in November 2009.

Today, as they have done every year since, police officers and staff are competing against each other in football and netball tournaments to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance, a charity chosen by PC Barker's family.

These tournaments are a fantastic way in which to remember Bill, who continues to be missed by everyone at Cumbria Constabulary."

Det Con Steve Usher

Missing Cartmel pensioner found

Barbara Athorn, 79, from Cartmel, who was reported by police as missing yesterday, has been found.

Police concerned for welfare of missing Cartmel pensioner

Police in south Cumbria say they are worried about an elderly woman who left her home in Cartmel at about 10:40 this morning and has not been seen since.

Barbara Athorn
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Barbara Athorn, 79, was wearing a grey or beige jumper and black trousers, and carrying a handbag.

Two year ban for driver in chase that ended in crash

A driver who led police on a dangerous Carlisle pursuit which ended only when he was rammed by patrol cars has been banned from the road for two years.

Matthew Neale, 43, of St Helen's Road, Carlisle, who admitted careless and dangerous driving, had clipped a moped in a dispute with its teenage rider on Warwick Road.

Numerous attempts to stop Neale ended close to Nelson Bridge, with damage to police cars costing about £9,000 to repair.

After the court heard of Neale's complex mental health history, Judge David Potter imposed a suspended six month prison sentence, along with the driving ban and a rehabilitation order.

Police concerned for missing Whitehaven man

Police in Whitehaven say Peter Smith, 48, has now been missing for four days.

Peter Smith
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Officers say he left home at 09:40 on 15 September, carrying a number of items including a walking stick and a bag.

He may be using public transport and has links to the Doncaster area.

Man wanted on suspicion of breaching sex offenders licence

Police are searching for a man who's wanted on suspicion of breaching the terms of his sex offenders licence.

Cristian Abu-Shaer, 29, has links to Windermere, Lancashire and Manchester.

An appeal for information on his whereabouts was broadcast on the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow yesterday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Picture of Cristian Abu-Shaer
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Cumbria police officer killed in crash

A police officer has died in a crash involving two vehicles near Sedbergh.

PC Oli Evans, 27, who was off-duty at the time, was killed in the collision on the A683 at Middleton on Monday at 16:40.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after the Triumph motorcycle he was riding and a Peugeot van collided.

The male driver of the van wasn't injured.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has dashcam footage, should call 101.

It is with deep sadness that I learned of the tragic death of PC Oli Evans. All our thoughts at Cumbria Constabulary are with Oli’s family and friends at this difficult time and our heartfelt condolences go out to them.

Oli was a dedicated, professional officer who was well-liked by his colleagues. Any death within the police family hits us all hard but will have particular impact on those who knew and worked closely alongside Oli.”

Chief Constable Michelle Skeer

Police appeal for help finding missing Whitehaven woman

Police say they are concerned about Leanne Smith, 39, who has been missing from her Whitehaven home sincew 18:00 on Sunday.

Leanne Smith
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Officers say they believe she was wearing a blue coat, and carrying a handbag.

Police appeal for witnesses after burglars steal jewellery

Police say jewellery valued at several thousand pounds was stolen from a house on Milnthorpe Road in Kendal.

The break-in happened during the day on Friday 6 September and police have now appealed for witnesses who saw anything suspicious in the area.

Officers say some of the items were of great sentimental value.

Police logo on van
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