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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Police rush to Carlisle estate after trouble flares

A teenager was arrested after trouble flared on a Carlisle estate.

Dowbeck Road photop
Dowbeck Road, Carlisle, today

Police were called to Osborne Road, off Stanhope Road, at about 3.30pm yesterday following reports of a disturbance.

Up to seven police vehicles, including the Cumbria Police Dog Unit, descended on the Dowbeck Road area, sparking questions from residents about whether the response was proportional.

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary confirmed that a 16-year-old boy from Carlisle had been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

One mother, who did not want to be named, said: “It had been quiet for a long time, and then [trouble] all started on Bonfire Night. Since then there has been a lot more police around here. It’s a family estate with kids running around – you don’t want police speeding down here all the time and searching people for no reason.”

Further down the road, a father-of-two said the police were still not common visitors, but had been knocking on doors recently as part of a two-day Street Safe drive.

“It’s always good to see police,” he said. “But there were a lot of them if it was just for one lad.”

Last month police joined forces with trading standards, firefighters, council and housing officials visiting 226 homes in the area as part of the Street Safe campaign.

The aim was to find out what people were most worried about and how the issues could be tackled in future.

It came after firefighters and paramedics were attacked by a gang in Dowbeck Road on Bonfire Night, as they tried to put out a fire.

Nine people were arrested and released on police bail on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage following the incident.

One man was charged with causing criminal damage.

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