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Further bad weather and flooding expected

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Cumbria Police, along with partner agencies, are warning communities of the potential for disruption tomorrow and into the weekend due to high winds and tidal surges across the West Coast.

The Environment Agency are warning coastal communities along the south and west coasts of England to remain vigilant and alert for possible tidal flooding between Friday and Sunday, as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves.

This could lead to localised spray and wave-over tipping at exposed coastal locations and promenades, and the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land.

Given this warning, Cumbria Police along with partner agencies are taking this advanced opportunity to advise people to be prepared and to take care. People are advised to avoid going near to harbours or promenades during this period for their own safety.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “The county and district councils are working in partnership and have contingency plans in place and staff on standby to provide immediate support to affected communities if required.

“Our highways teams are also geared up to support the emergency response and will be on hand to assist the police with road closures and diversions should they be needed.

“We’d encourage motorists to be aware of the conditions, give themselves extra time if they have to travel in coastal areas and check their route before setting off.

“People living in areas at risk of flooding are advised to keep a flood kit ready including a torch, batteries, fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, water, food and any prescription medicines you may need and to make sure elderly and vulnerable friends, neighbours and family are aware of the situation.”

Travel:

If you need to travel on the roads, please slow down, drive with care and drive in accordance with the conditions – not the speed limit.
Before starting your journey, please check your route, you can keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting our Traffic Link Map: http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map

If you are planning to travel by train, please contact National Rail to check that there are no issues with the trains on your journey. www.nationalrail.co.uk

Flooding:

Police are urging people, especially those living in an area prone to flooding to keep up to date with flood warning/alerts that are issued, you can find out more by visiting: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx or call their Floodline for advice and information on: 0845 988 1188

If you see the roads in your area starting to flood with a build up of surface water, please contact Cumbria County Council’s Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609 or email [email protected]

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

Practical tips and health advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flooding-advice-to-the-public

Council details:

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/
South Lakeland District Council: 0845 050 4434, http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/
Carlisle City Council (http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/contact_us.aspx
Allerdale Borough Council (http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/ )
Barrow Borough Council (www.barrowbc.gov.uk )

For information about sandbags, please visit: www.cumbria.police.uk/Admin/uploads/attachment/files/Advice_and_Info/Floods/Sand_Bags_Local_Authorities.docx

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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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Women takes wrong turn at level crossing sparking police response

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A woman has brought Metro trains to a standstill after a woman took a wrong turn at a level crossing and drove on the tracks.

How on earth she managed to do that we will never know, despite the bumpy journey and being on a train track she continued her journey, Maybe she was taking a shortcut?.

Police raced to the scene and Trains were suspended causing delays between Newcastle Airport and Regent Centre after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park.

Nexus Rail worker Danny Usher has told Police Hour that an 89-year-old woman got confused and took a wrong turn and made a mistake,

“The lady was 89 years old the poor women got confused and made a mistake luckily nobody was hurt and the police have taken her licence off her for her own safety”

Police have said the driver had gotten lost and took a wrong turn onto the railway and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

Police responded to the incident at 8.30pm and helped get the woman out of the car to safety.

The track has also been checked for any damage before trains resumed at 9.15pm.

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