A word from our sergeant
In this month’s newsletter you will see we are continuing to tackle anti-social behaviour issues.
Please continue to report any issues to us.
Although in some areas we have seen a decline, reporting allows us to continue to best direct our resources to local issues.
We have also included information on our response to the national Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy. Ensuring women and girls across the county, including here in Copeland, is a priority for our police force.
We have also been continuing our ‘On the Beat’ foot patrols, please come and speak to us if you have an issues you’d like to raise or contact us here➡️ Report a Non-Emergency Crime/Incident Online – Cumbria Constabulary
A bit about me
I am one of the Neighbourhood Policing Sergeants for Copeland and I have been in post for nearly a year. I have been a police officer for sixteen years, all in West Cumbria, and have worked in response policing, neighbourhood policing and in youth offending.
I have a vast understanding of the youth justice system, child development and the effect adverse childhood experiences can have on youth people.
I understand the positive impact early intervention can have on young people to reduce offending behaviour and anti-social behaviour. I have used these skills several times since joining the local policing team to help reduce the number of reported anti-social behaviour involving young people in some areas.
I manage the Copeland Neighbourhood Policing Team across the district, alongside another sergeant, David MacDonald, and manage neighbourhood policing matters and licensing matters.
As we move into better weather, with no restrictions for the first time in two years, this inevitably will bring an increase in youth anti-social behaviour. Please continue to report matters to the police so we can assess and discuss options with our partner agencies and take action to reduce the impact on our communities.
Acting Police Sergeant Lindsay Stuart
Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls
The prevention of violence against women and girls continues to be a priority for us.
The neighbourhood policing teams across Cumbria will be leading on the the Safer Spaces strand of this policing strategy to keep women and girls safe.
During May we will be widening this activity in highlighting to our communities the response we are committed to moving forward. This will help us not only tackle areas of high harm and violence, but we can use this to engage with women and girls in our communities.
We will be working closely with licensed premises within key night time economy areas to ask for their support in advertising the StreetSafe reporting tool.
The Government launched StreetSafe, an online tool to allow people to flag places where they have felt unsafe, and describe factors that caused them concern, including anti-social behaviour or environmental reasons. This can range from poorly-lit paths to public harassment, these are then raised with our policing team to determine whether or not a crime has been committed.
We will work with partners to address any issues raised.
If there are any public areas where you feel unsafe due to environmental issues e.g. poor street lighting, abandoned buildings, vandalism etc. please report these here – StreetSafe | Police.uk (www.police.uk)
Please note ‘StreetSafe’ is not for reporting crime or incidents.
Arson at public toilets in Haverigg
We received a report on Wednesday 6 April of a fire in the public toilets in Haverigg.
It is reported that young people had set fire to the toilet rolls which caused minor damage.
Thankfully staff from the café were on hand to put out the fire before the incident became more severe.
Enquiries have led to two children being identified and spoken to, one of who has admitted starting the fire.
They will be dealt with appropriately by our child centred policing team, and will potentially receive fire safety training.
Anti-social behaviour in Haverigg
We have received reports of anti-social behaviour in the areas of the beach, park and a derelict building on Bank Field Road in Haverigg.
We will be conducting patrols in these areas to disrupt any similar behaviours but please continue to report incidents to us.
Please also consider where your children are, derelict buildings can be dangerous so please ask your children where they are going, what they are doing, who they are going out with and what time they will be home.
We have received a number of reports of anti-social driving in the areas of Wain Gate Bridge and Two Barns with reports of excessive speed and noise.
We are working to identify drivers and will take appropriate action against them.
Please continue to report issued to us via the contact details below.
‘On the Beat’ patrols
We continue to have weekly foot patrols in communities across Copeland.
Over the next few weeks we will be visiting the following areas:
- 11th May – 5pm to 6pm – Bootle
- 11th May – 7pm to 8pm – Haverigg
- 21st May – 2pm to 4pm – Millom
The foot patrols are advertised giving Copeland communities an opportunity to approach and raise local issues to officers and provide a visible police presence.
Bicycle Security Marking
We are offering bicycle security marking for a small cost of £5 per bike.
We encourage people to get their bikes marked and registered, to help deter thieves from stealing them, and to assist in returning a recovered bike to the rightful owner.
We use either BikeRegister permanent ID etchings or a tamper-proof sticker (dependant on frame type). Both of these options also include free registration to their national database to which every UK Police force has access.
If you are interested in getting your bicycle security marked or for more information please contact your local PCSO by calling 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out who your local PCSO is below 👇
Your local officers
Want to know who your local officers are?
Simply go to our website – www.cumbria.police.uk
Scroll down the home page and you can browse different areas to see who your local team are – or enter your postcode.
Not only will you be able to find out who your named local officers and PCSOs are, you will also be able to view our local policing priorities and details of any meetings or events we will be attending.
In other news
It’s a hate crime, report it
Police are continuing to urge any victims of hate crime to come forward, stressing people should not have to put up with being targeted because of who they are. Hate crimes and hate incidents have devastating impacts on individuals, families and communities and no one should be targeted for who they are. Read more here.
Police and partners raise awareness of sexual assault in the home
Sexual violence can happen to anyone, in any walk of life. Sadly, this can happen at home – a place everyone should feel safe.
Officers from Cumbria Constabulary are working with partners this month to raise awareness of this issue,
encourage people who suffer sexual violence to come forward and to shine a spotlight on the help and support out there.
Sexual violence can be carried out by people including partners, husbands or wives. Read more here.
New ‘call back’ function will help people who call 101
Cumbria Police has launched a new Call Back function on its 101 non-emergency reporting phone line to assist people who prefer to contact the police by phone.
The function will serve as one of a range of options available to people wishing to contact the police regarding a non-emergency issue.
Copeland Police want you to report all anti-social behaviour and crime
Please report any incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour to us, to help us keep Copeland safe.
If a crime is in progress always call 999.
You can report online at https://www.cumbria.police.uk/report-it
Our online Live Chat function is a new service giving you an alternative way to communicate with a Police Officer in real time. More here.
You can also phone on 101.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.