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Flooding occurs in cumbria

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Cumbria Police can confirm that the heavy rain has caused localised flooding across areas of Cumbria.

The counties roads are affected by standing water and Police want to take this opportunity ask motorists to drive only if necessary. If you have to travel please slow down and drive with care. The following roads are heavily affected / closed due to standing water and motorists are asked to avoid these areas:

· Arkleby Road, Aspatria
· Hayton Village, Aspatria
· Seaton Bridge, Main road, Seaton, Workington
· Bottom of Stainburn Hill, Workington
· Briscoe Crescent, Whitehaven
· Common End, Distington
· Coach Road, Whitehaven
· Esk Avenue, Whitehaven
· Gilgarren, Nr Cockermouth
· Road between Broughton Moor and Dovenby
· A594 at Dovenby
· A5086 Sheep and Wool Centre towards Egremont
· Blennerhasset
· B5305 between Wigton and the M6

The Cumbria Coast Railway line that runs between Carlisle and Barrow is currently closed at Harrington, Workington due to a landslide. Network Rail expect the line will remain closed tomorrow whilst they work to clear the line.

Police have received calls from members of the public asking for sand bags, some district authorities supply these as follows:

· Copeland Borough Council: 0845 054 8600 – (This number has out of hours support for flooding – after a message about what out of hours support is available it automatically diverts to an out of hours call centre). http://www.copeland.gov.uk/
· Eden District Council: http://www.eden.gov.uk/
o Provide sand and sandbags to properties located in formal flood warning areas during a declared Flood Warning period in Appleby, Eamont Bridge, Bolton, Eden Hall and Armathwaite.
o Deliver sand bags to individual properties at imminent risk of flooding subject to available resources and other priorities during a flooding event.
o Make sand bags available for collection by residents from TFE Accord depot at Old London Road, Penrith only on approval of Eden District Council’s Client team telephone 01768 817817.
· South Lakeland District Council: 0845 050 4434, http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/
Carlisle City Council (http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/ )and Allerdale Borough Council (http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/ )do not provide sandbags, however, if you live outside of these areas, you can contact the Environment Agencies Floodline for advice and information on: 0845 988 1188.

For more information about flood alerts, visit http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

Visit the Traffic Link map at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads.

Keep up-to-date with the weather at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map

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Dangerous prisoner fails to return after attending family funeral

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

34-year-old Aaron Johnson was reported missing to police at 11.15pm  last night, Friday 17 August,.

Johnson had been granted a special purpose temporary licence to attend a funeral yesterday but failed to return to the prison as arranged. He was last seen in West London.

Johnson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery, wounding and assault.

He is described as black, 6 feet tall, of medium build, and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket,  blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Aaron Johnson or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 480 of 17 August.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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Man attacked staff with a traffic cone at petrol station

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted with a traffic cone at a petrol station in Newcastle.

At around 12.05pm on Monday afternoon police received a report that a staff member at the Shell garage on the Great North Road in Gosforth had been assaulted with a traffic cone.

The male offender had filled up a motorcycle with fuel but was challenged by staff when it appeared that he would not pay for the fuel.

He became aggressive and then assaulted the staff member with a traffic cone before fleeing the scene on foot in the direction of The Three Mile Inn.

The victim of the assault was later taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and cheekbone. It is also believed the motorcycle the offender left at the garage was stolen.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for help from the public to identify the offender.

He is described as wearing all black with a white motorcycle helmet that had the visor down.

Officers also want to speak to any witnesses to the incident as there were a number of people on the garage forecourt who police have still not spoken to.

They are also keen to speak to any motorists who may have dash-cam footage showing the motorcycle in question.

Anyone who knows the man, or witnessed the incident on Monday, is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 423 13/08/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also email the OIC on [email protected] or report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

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