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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Cumbria police set up reporting stations in supermarkets

Crime victims and witnesses no longer need to go to a police station to report an incident.

Jerry Graham photo
Jerry Graham

From today, members of the public can drop in at special police “desks” being set up across Cumbria, in supermarkets and shopping centres, to community halls and even a fire station.

The police desk project aims to help those with transport or mobility problems who can’t access police stations easily.

Members of each neighbourhood team will hold weekly sessions out and about in their areas, with set times for people to drop in.

At the sessions, which last from two to three hours, members of the public can report crimes or road crashes, make a statement, get advice or pass on any concerns.

Deputy Chief Constable Jeremy Graham said it was “a brilliant way” of meeting up with the public as they went about everyday life.

“People often don't have time to pop into a police station to ask a simple question, or are not aware of some simple steps they can take to help prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime,” he said.

“Having a police desk in the same location at the same time will allow people to become familiar with local officers, and rely on them as a regular point of contact.”

The scheme builds on a previous system of police surgeries, which saw officers based in the Cumberland Infirmary and in shops.

A force spokeswoman said they would continue, but the desk scheme meant there would be a regular, weekly slot.

Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said he was delighted with the scheme.

He said members of the public had raised concerns with him about wanting “more visible policing in their communities.”

“This will go some way to addressing this need,” he said.

“I would urge people to make full use of the facility in their area.”

The sessions will be held at:

Neighbourhood police team (NPT): Eden
Where: Fire Station, Shap
Time: 8:30am to 11:30am
Day: Wednesday

NPT: Carlisle East
Where: Morrisons
Time: 10am to 1pm
Day: Fridays

The Lanes, Carlisle
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Day: Fridays

NPT: Carlisle West
Where: Morton Manor Community Centre
Time: 9am to 12pm

NPT: Allerdale Borough
Where: Wave Centre, Maryport
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Day: Thursdays

NPT: Brampton
Alternating between Moot Hall and Longtown community centre
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Day: Thursdays

NPT: Copeland
Where: Town Hall, Cleator Moor
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Day: Wednesdays

NPT: Allerdale Rural
Where: Lidl, Wigton
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Day: Wednesdays

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