DISAPPOINTED councillors have issued a plea for respect following an incident involving drugs and a knife.

Cumbria Police was called to reports of an affray on Lowther Street, Whitehaven, at about 5.30pm on Thursday (June 10).

The incident involved two men, and saw a 48-year-old man from Whitehaven arrested on suspicion of using threatening and insulting behaviour, possession of a controlled Class B drug, possession of a controlled Class C drug and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

A 49-year-old man, also from Whitehaven, was also arrested on suspicion of using threatening and insulting behaviour, and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

And councillor Chris Hayes, mayor of Whitehaven, is "frightened" by the serious and concerning crimes being reported throughout the town, and is urging all to respect their community.

"It's very frightening – it worries me that people will not only carry a knife in the town to begin with, but get so out of their mind that they would actually be willing to use it," he said.

"I think there needs to be harsher punishments for this sort of crime, because it's very concerning that people are happy to behave this way."

He continued: "If people are outside and see anything like this happening, don't get involved, and report it to the police – help them to do their job well.

"We have a really lovely area here, it's a beautiful place to live, so let's keep it that way."

In addition to this incident, officers have made multiple other arrests for drug and alcohol-related incidents across Copeland in recent weeks.

And mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, has shared his concerns.

He said: "I’m disturbed to hear of the recent antisocial incidents in our town centres.

“Although lockdown measures have lifted significantly, and people are able to visit our high streets, this should not be an invitation to behave irresponsibly.

“We’ve just gone through what will be one of the most stressful periods in the lives of a lot of people – let’s not disregard all we have worked towards by acting in an antisocial way and, in some cases, downright illegal manner.

“Our officers work incredibly hard, alongside Cumbria Police, to target antisocial behaviour, through the use of Public Space Protection Orders and proactive enforcement measures.

“Antisocial behaviour is not a victimless crime, and our residents deserve to feel safe outdoors, on our streets. I implore the actions of the few not to spoil it for the many.”