Serious fatal road collision causes heavy traffic on the A595

A road traffic collision has occurred on the A595 at 6.08am in Cumbria this morning, 7th November, south of the junction of the B5345.

 

The traffic collision, between two vehicles, was severe. Emergency services are currently dealing with the incident and further information will be released once details have been confirmed.

 

There is currently heavy traffic in the area due to the collision and drivers this morning are being asked to avoid this route.  The following diversions are in place:

Northbound traffic is being diverted from the Blackbeck roundabout on the A595 through Haile. Southbound traffic is being diverted from the junction of the B5345 through Beckermet. Neither diversion is suitable for HGVs.

 

*UPDATE*

More information has been released this morning by Cumbria Police concerning this incident.

 

The two vehicles involved in the collision were a HGV and a motorcycle. Tragically the motorcyclist, a man, died at the scene. Police are currently with his family.

The driver of the HGV, a man aged 36 from Dalton-in-Furness, has been taken to West Cumberland Hospital with minor injuries.

 

Emergency services are continuing to deal with this incident and the road remains closed. Drivers are therefore still being asked to avoid the area.

 

If you witnessed this incident and have any additional information please contact Cumbria Police.

 

Please 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.

Horrified Shoppers Man slashed himself in supermarket

SHOCKED shoppers looked on in horror as a man slashed himself in a busy supermarket.

Asda Hartlepool has tonight been subject to a shocking and disturbing incident, as a man walked to to the supermarket which was busy at the time and slashed himself

Shoppers told Teesside Incidents that puddles of blood could be seen throughout the store from the trolleys out side the store right to George at the back on the store.

A police cordon was put in place to keep shoppers back.

Police immediately responded to a 999 call if a man trying to self-harm within the store, police arrived and found the make outside the store.

He was rushed to James Cook University Hospital after he receiving injuries to his legs.

The store was not immediately closed and shoppers were allowed to stay inside while the incident was ongoing to the horror of shoppers.

It's believe customers were allowed to carry on their shopping with certain parts of the store closed.

Harltlepool CID and forensic investigators are now investigating the incident.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman told the Mail: “We were called at 3.54pm on Wednesday after receiving reports of a male who had self-harmed in Asda.

“Police didn’t arrest the man but transferred him straight to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, for his own safety.”

A spokeswoman for Asda confirmed there had been an incident on Wednesday and said the store is supporting police with their investigations.

Ten arrested after fireworks thrown at police

Cumbria Police have arrested ten men on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage following a policing incident in Dowbeck Road area of Carlisle.

Emergency services attempted to deal with a fore that was reported in the area.

At 5.35pm on Tuesday 5th November 2013 cumbria police were called to an incident whereby youths were building a bonfire around the youth centre in Dowbeck road with the intention of setting it on fire.

Police attended the incident with partner agencies including the fire service, the bonfire was dismantled.

Fireworks were then thrown at police and fire service along with stones.

Damage was then caused to one police vehicle door, Police are not aware of anyone being injured nor any other property being damaged.

Other police patrols attended to provide assistance until such time as it was felt the fire service and police could resume. Unfortunately some time later the fire, which hadn’t been fully dismantled, was lit and caused damage to the youth shelter.

Police today (Wednesday 6th November 2013) arrested ten local men in relation to this incident. Their ages range from 16–25 years old.

Superintendent Sean Robinson said: “We are very disappointed that a small minority of people saw fit to attack the police and fire service in this way, when they were simply acting to ensure the safety of local people and property. Thankfully no one was hurt and the damage appears to have been limited to one police vehicle and the youth shelter. The unauthorised setting of fires is clearly very dangerous, especially in the vicinity of homes or businesses. That is why the emergency services will continue to dismantle and disrupt unauthorised bonfires. We urge the public to be responsible.

“In relation to the incident on Dowbeck Road last night, I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened or has any information about those involved to come give us a call with information on 101 or call Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We will be stepping up patrols in the area over the next few nights in order to ensure there is no recurrence & to re-assure the public.”

Male Arrested after Asda self harm incident

Police have arrested a male following an incident at Asda Hartlepool.

Asda customers have informed Teesside Incidents that huge parts of Asda have been closed, and reports the shop is covered in blood.

Asda Hartlepool has been completely closed following the incident.

One shopper has told Teesside Incidents "blood was all over the place and half of the store was shut off from public access".

Cleveland Police have confirmed that an incident took place in which a male self harmed.

Woman sexually assaulted while running

Lancashire Police are this evening appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman was sexually assaulted while she was out running.

On Thursday 31st October the 42 year old woman was running along the footpath at Old Tram Road, Bamber at around 10.15am. During her run she was approached by a man riding a bike.

Police have told Breaking News that the male then grabbed her between the legs, the female was able to escape, he continued running. The male followed her on his bike and requested her mobile phone number.

The woman gave him a fake number and continued running as she reached the Spar shop on Walton Park the offender then cycled off.

Police Officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward who might have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

The man is described as white, around 26 years of age and about five feet eleven inches tall with short, light brown hair. He had an athletic or slim build and was wearing a blue outdoor jacket and jeans. He was also riding a new looking mountain bike.

PC Paula Farrow said: “This was very distressing for the lady involved and we are very keen to speak to any witnesses to come forward to help us catch the man responsible.

“I’d also ask people to think carefully about this man’s description and to think back to Thursday morning. If anyone recalls seeing a man acting suspiciously in the area, please contact us.”

Information about this can be passed to Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20131031-0890.

Alternatively, people with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Police Investigate Unexplained sudden death

Police received a call at 10.14am this morning (November 6th 2013) to Fisher Street, Workington to reports of a sudden death.

Police arrived at the scene and discovered the body of a 26 year old woman.

Detectives from Workington CID are now investigating the circumstances.

Cumbria Police have told Breaking News that although the death is not being treated as suspicious the circumstances surrounding the death are unexplained.

Detective Inspector Ian Hardwood said "We are keeping an open mind in relation to the circumstances leading to this lady's death. One important line of enquiry we are pursuing surrounds the misuse of drugs.

"I wish to appeal to any one with specific information regarding this investigation or regarding the supply of drugs in West Cumbria area to contact Cumbria Police on 101"

Be on your guard against spate of thefts

Police Officers from Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team are continuing in their request for members of the public to be on their guard against the thefts of pedal cycles and quad bikes.

On the morning of Wednesday, 6th November 2013 Police received three reports of thefts, which concern the theft of a black GT Avalanche mountain bike from Park Road, Wigton that occurred anytime with on last two weeks prior to 5th November 2013. The police are also investigating the theft of a child's motor cross motor cycle from Deer Park, Wigton that occurred within the last 10 days prior to 5th November 2013 and the theft of quad bike from Aspatria on the evening of Tuesday 5th November 2013.

Enquiries into these offences are being made. Inspector Dennis Kelly, from the Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We take all offences very seriously and we are putting officers out into these areas to trace and locate the offenders. We are working to seek the recovery of these items.

“We ask that the public again to help us by properly securing all of their out buildings, garages and garden sheds. We are also asking for the public not leave any pedal cycle or other motor cycle outside in a place from where it could be stolen. People are out looking for such items to steal and will do if they are given the opportunity.

“With this in mind the public should report any suspicious incident, a report that is wrong is helpful and a report that is right is very helpful. We have low crime rates and the best way to keep it that way is for the police and public to work and support each other. We have officers patrolling our towns and rural areas 24 hours a day, every day. If the public know of anything or see anything suspicious then this information may prevent another offence being committed and another innocent person suffering.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from the Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Barry Coppinger Launches Campaign Against Mate Crime

Barry Coppinger the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner is today launching his poster campaign aimed what is described as protecting some of the Cleveland Police force areas most vulnerable people within the community.

The new trend of ‘Mate Crime’ will be the main focus of the campaign which is a term coined for incidents where vulnerable people are befriended by others who then go on to take advantage of their friend, financially, emotionally or even sexually.

Some cases of ‘Mate Crime’ across the United Kingdom have includd vulnerable people purchasing clothes and food for others, then friends going on to use mobile phones and bank cards without permission.

Mate Crimes can also include the friend bringing people in to the homes of a vulnerable person that they simply do not know, People who fall victims of mate crime are generally disabled and often have learning disabilities.

The posters that will be displated across Teesside which have been designed by police officers in conjunction with disabled people who attend the CHAT group at the Cumberland Resource Centre in Middlesbrough.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It is important that the police protect all members of our communities, and especially the most vulnerable. People who take advantage of others in this way need to be dealt with firmly and robustly, but equally it is important that we get the message out to our communities that this sort of behavior should not be tolerated and if it is happening to you, there is support available.

“We hope that this poster will raise awareness of the issue and encourage people to come forward and report incidents.”

PC Nicola Bell, whose role involves dealing with hate incidents and engaging with minority groups said: “We wanted to work with the disabled community themselves to ensure that what we produced covered the issues that were pertinent to them and was put together in a format that they would find useful.

“I would urge anyone who feels that they are being targeted in this way to tell someone they trust and to report it to the police so that we can give them the support they need.”

Incidents can be reported by dialing the 101 non-emergency number. In an emergency always use 999.

Commissioner Launches Campaign Against Mate Crime

Barry Coppinger the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner is today launching his poster campaign aimed what is described as protecting some of the Cleveland Police force areas most vulnerable people within the community.

The new trend of 'Mate Crime' will be the main focus of the campaign which is a term coined for incidents where vulnerable people are befriended by others who then go on to take advantage of their friend, financially, emotionally or even sexually.

Some cases of 'Mate Crime' across the United Kingdom have includd vulnerable people purchasing clothes and food for others, then friends going on to use mobile phones and bank cards without permission.

Mate Crimes can also include the friend bringing people in to the homes of a vulnerable person that they simply do not know, People who fall victims of mate crime are generally disabled and often have learning disabilities.

The posters that will be displated across Teesside which have been designed by police officers in conjunction with disabled people who attend the CHAT group at the Cumberland Resource Centre in Middlesbrough.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It is important that the police protect all members of our communities, and especially the most vulnerable. People who take advantage of others in this way need to be dealt with firmly and robustly, but equally it is important that we get the message out to our communities that this sort of behavior should not be tolerated and if it is happening to you, there is support available.

“We hope that this poster will raise awareness of the issue and encourage people to come forward and report incidents.”

PC Nicola Bell, whose role involves dealing with hate incidents and engaging with minority groups said: “We wanted to work with the disabled community themselves to ensure that what we produced covered the issues that were pertinent to them and was put together in a format that they would find useful.

“I would urge anyone who feels that they are being targeted in this way to tell someone they trust and to report it to the police so that we can give them the support they need.”

Incidents can be reported by dialing the 101 non-emergency number. In an emergency always use 999.

Female Driver subjected to theft at traffic lights

A female driver was waiting at traffic lights while they were on red, while her car was stopped.
A male approached her car and is believed to have used some kind of tool to smash the front passenger window of her Maroon-Coloured Citroen car, The offender then stole her bag containing a quantity of cash from the front passenger seat.
The incident happened at traffic lights on Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent.
Police told Breaking News that the incident occurred at approximately 10.30am on Monday 4th November at the traffic light junction by the Vodafone Building on Forge Lane.
The female driver involved in the incident was not injured during the incident but has been left extremely shaken by the incident.
The Male offender was of average build and height and wearing a black coat, blue jeans
and a dark-coloured hat. No words were exchanged during the incident.
DC Carl Dixon, investigating officer Told Breaking News  "This was a distressing incident for the
woman who was in the car at the time.
"I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of the traffic lights by the
Vodafone building on Monday morning."
 Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Dixon at Staffordshire Police on
101 quoting incident number 197 of November 4, or independent charity
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.