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Operation Staysafe protecting children from harm over christmas @cumbriapolice

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Cumbria Police, along with a number of organisations involved in Cumbria’s Children’s Trust, are going to carry out a joint initiative to help educate children and their parents in all areas of West Cumbria between now and New Year’s Day.

During a Staysafe Operation children considered to be vulnerable are taken to a place of safety by the Police. This includes those in possession of alcohol, those who are too young to be out at that time of night and any youths who are involved in antisocial behaviour.

The Places of Safety are usually the local children’s centres or local Inspira offices. Trained staff are in attendance to deal with the young people taken there by the Police. Following the initiative, further support and guidance will be given to the children and their parents by the agencies involved.

The last time this initiative was used in West Cumbria was on Friday 27th September in Whitehaven, Workington and Cockermouth.

On that occasion four youths were found with alcohol in their possession between the ages of fourteen and sixteen. All four were taken to a place of safety, two in Whitehaven and two in Workington. One 14 year old girl was found with a large quantity of alcohol in a bag walking towards the skate park in Whitehaven. Another 15 year old boy was caught on Vulcans Lane in Workington actually walking past the place of safety with a three litre bottle of very high strength Cider.

The organisations involved in Staysafe Operations are Cumbria Police, Children’s Services, Youth Offending Service, NACRO, Action For Children, The Howgill Centre and Barnardos.

The aim is to keep children safe over the Festive period and to ensure that young people realise that their behaviour can put them at risk of harm.

At the designated place of safety young people receive interventions from skilled professionals who have knowledge about the specific dangers the young person face. Parents or guardians of the children are then contacted and asked to attend the place of safety. They are informed of the reasons why this action was taken in an effort to raise awareness of what their child had been doing whilst out of their care.

Sergeant Richard Farnworth, of Cumbria Police, said: “Operation Staysafe protects children and also provides a reassuring police presence on the streets.

“The aim of the initiative is to protect children from harm by identify children who are out on the streets at night, who are at risk of harm and making them and their parents aware of the dangers they are putting themselves in.

“We want to reassure the local community that tackling any antisocial behaviour is a priority and this is one way we can help educate children before any such behaviour occurs and prevent them from becoming at risk of harm.

“I’m pleased we are able to work with other agencies and parents to reduce the risk of harm to young people and give them the information needed to prevent it happening again.

“Over the festive period we will carry out this work at times and in places where
we know young people can place themselves at risk and we have already identified locations across all parts of West Cumbria.

“I also want to send the clear message to parents that not knowing where your child is at night, allowing them to consume alcohol or allowing them to stay out late on their own, is unacceptable. I want to reassure communities that we are working to keep children safe. Parents need to take responsibility for their children ensuring that they have an alcohol free childhood.

“We will also deal with any offences by Licensees who sell alcohol to or for young people.”

If you have any concerns about antisocial behaviour in your area, or information about where young people are obtaining alcohol, please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

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10k cases could be affected ‘tampered samples which include rape and murder convictions in forensic data manipulation.

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More than 10,099 cases may have been affected by alleged data manipulation by individuals working at a Randox Testing Services forensics laboratory in Manchester.

These include thousands of toxicology samples some of these include samples used to secure rape and murder convictions

It is believed these have been tampered with and could no longer be considered reliable.

Many rape and murder convictions could now be overturned.

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Gaia Pope no injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death

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Dorest Police have confirmed that they do not believe another person was invloved within 19-year-old Gaia Pope’s death.

Those arrestes on suspiscion of her murder have been released from police custody but remain under police investigation.

At around 3pm yesterday, Saturday 18 November 2017, specialist search teams discovered the body of a woman near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November near Swanage.

Although the body has yet to be formally identified, officers are confident that it is Gaia and her family is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The post-mortem examination has not identified any injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death. The cause of death is undetermined pending toxicology.

“The coroner is involved in the oversight of these examinations but at this time this remains an investigation into an unexplained death.

“We would like to take this further opportunity to pass our thoughts to Gaia’s family who we continue to support and who ask for respect of their privacy at this incredibly stressful time.

“Once again I would like to pass our thanks to the public volunteers and partner organisations who have supported this inquiry throughout and have been material in locating Gaia.

“The area where the body was located is likely to remain cordoned off for some time while forensic examinations and searches are concluded.

“Please can I ask that the public no longer attend to assist with searches and that they remain a safe distance from the location. I reiterate this area is steep and slippery in an exposed area close to sea cliffs. The area is covered in dense undergrowth and gorse and can present a hazard. Only specially-trained search and forensic teams are entering the area, assisted by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service recovery teams.”

Gaia’s family is issuing their thanks to the Find Gaia volunteer group for all their hard work and unwavering support.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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We want to help you but we know you don’t like us being involved

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We know you follow this account and want you to see this, We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner. We know you follow this account and we want you to see this.

Lochaber & Skye Police have penned an emotional letter addressed to ‘a young woman in Skye”.

The official Police Scotland account won the best tweeting police account at the UK-wide Police Tweet Awards in 2016 and could just take the 2017 title as next week.

They went on to say “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try and keep you safe.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you.”

“Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger they support you and want you to be safe”.

“We think he’s probably told you, “it won’t happen again”, “I’m sorry”, “I’ll change”, he’s maybe even told you that it’s your fault – IT’S NOT.”

“The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better.”

“You are not trapped and you are not alone, we can help you get out, your family and friends can help you get out and Scot Women’s Aid can help you get out.

Call us, come to the Police Station, phone someone, speak to local Women’s Aid worker on 01478613365 or 08000271234.”

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse, help is out there.”

Lochaber & Skye Police then went on to thank everyone for the positive response to the domestic abuse appeal.

They told everyone that the meaning behind it was to “reach-out to anyone who may be at risk”.

Hopefully, by sharing this another young lady, lady or even young man or man could be helped from harm.

 

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