A talented schoolgirl has been announced as the winner of Cumbria Police's Christmas card competition.

This year, the force asked mini police officers to create a design for a force Christmas card.

Judging between a high number of fantastic designs, chief constable Rob Carden decided on a design created by May Alao.

Copeland Neighbourhood Policing Team inspector Richard Smillie visited the girl's school - Bransty Primary School - to announce May as the winner and present her with a selection box.

News and Star: Inspector Richard Smillie with winning designer May AlaoInspector Richard Smillie with winning designer May Alao (Image: Supplied)

Chief constable Rob Carden said: “I would like to congratulate May for her fantastic winning design.

“Choosing this year’s winner was not an easy decision due to the quality of the entries we received.

"The clever use of ‘Police Navidad’ coupled with the heartwarming design made May a very worthy winner.

News and Star: The winning designThe winning design (Image: May Alao)

“I hope May and everyone who submitted entries have a wonderful Christmas.”

Sergeant Tamara Tatton, from the 'Citizens in Policing' team, said: “Our Mini Police programme provides an opportunity for our police force to positively engage with young people, and for those young people to forge relationships with their communities.

“As well as being educational, the programme allows pupils the chance to positively make a difference in the areas in which they live.”

Cumbria’s police, fire and crime commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “Well done to May for her excellent design and well done to all those who entered.

“The design is incredibly cheerful and really captures the festive season.

“I wish all of our mini police a Merry Christmas and hope that more of our young residents join up to the Mini Police in 2024.”

Amy Donohoe, Year 5 teacher at Bransty Primary School, said: “The Mini Police initiative has been a fantastic addition to our school, the children have been very engaged in all of their activities and have accepted their roles and responsibilities with great maturity.

“We are all very excited to see what we can assist with in the spring term.”