Here is a round up of some of the cases heard concerning North and West Cumbria over the last week.

Fraudster sold fake iPhone to woman on Facebook

Kyren Sewell, 18, sold an Android phone disguised as an iPhone to the unsuspecting victim after she had handed over £500 in cash.

Outlining the case at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Pamela Fee said the victim had received a message from the defendant who claimed to be selling a new iPhone 14.

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Carlisle mum admits causing unnecessary suffering to her child while drunk

Prosecutors say the woman took her pre-school age child to a social gathering in Carlisle city centre with colleagues and while “intoxicated,” she dropped the youngster.

This left the child with a head injury, an earlier hearing was told.

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Man fined for '40th Birthday Party' assaults at cricket club

A Penrith man was brought to court after pushing a bar manager and punching her partner as trouble flared at his own 40th birthday party.

Gareth Hutton, 40, appeared in front of magistrates following an incident at the town’s cricket club on 11th November last year.

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'Nervous' driver was transporting £125k in suspicious cash

A nervous motorist whose car was stopped on the M6 by the police because he was “lane hogging” was transporting a bag containing £125,000 in suspicious cash.

At Carlisle’s Rickergate court, magistrates gave Cumbria Police permission to continue holding the money for three months so that further investigation can be done to establish its origins. 

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Brothers' bust up over a woman led to terrifying car ramming incident

The victim suffered two spinal fractures - but luckily was not paralysed.

The terrifying incident, which happened in Sarsfield Road in Workington, was described at Carlisle Crown Court after Jared Deakin, 32, admitted causing his brother serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Drink driver's dog got loose and was killed after car turned over in high winds

In an unfortunate sequence of events, 61-year-old former accounts worker Pamela Jane Illsley's second healthy dog, which was also in the car during the journey, escaped after the crash.

It was then knocked over and killed. 

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Drunk hotel burglar told staff who caught him he was 'an undercover millionaire'

A drunk burglar who was caught stealing champagne from a Lake District hotel told the staff who caught him he was an 'undercover millionaire.'

The bungled raid on the Old England Hotel & Spa at Bowness-on-Windermere was part of a spate of drink-fuelled offending during which 58-year-old Jeffrey Hayton repeatedly breached a criminal behaviour order, started a fire on a street and urinated in a police cell.

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Late night shopper was carrying a flick-knife and a knuckleduster

A Workington man who scratched a parked car as he staggered drunkenly towards an Asda supermarket was carrying a knuckleduster and a flick-knife.

When police found 26-year-old Judd Walker, who had no memory of what happened, he was at a self-service checkout area in the Dunmail Park store, where he swore at the officers as they arrested him. 

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Man fined for possessing a Class B drug

Noah Hetherington had a quantity of cannabis in his possession while in Workington on August 10 last year.

The defendant, of no fixed abode, Aspatria, admitted a charge of possessing a Class B drug when he appeared before Workington Magistrates’ Court.

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Ukrainian child refugee 'doesn't feel safe in Cumbria' after man yelled racial abuse

A child refugee from Ukraine was told to 'get out of my country' by a south Cumbrian man during a row over another youth pushing the swing she sat on, a court heard.

Thirty-three-year-old Barrow man Christopher Collinge committed the offence at a play park in Kendal when he yelled at the child and referred to her as a 'little immigrant,' Carlisle Crown Court was told.

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