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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 18th April 2020

We will continue our approach advising people not to travel to Cumbria

Following the announcement by the Government that restrictions have been extended for another three weeks, Cumbria Constabulary’s Chief Constable confirms that the force will continue their approach, advising people not to travel to Cumbria in order to save lives during this national public health emergency.  

A message from Chief Constable Michelle Skeer

 

“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone in Cumbria who has been following the Government guidelines over the last three weeks, this is helping to save lives.

“It is important that we focus on why the restrictions remain – which is to save the lives of people in our community and support our colleagues caring for those in our local hospitals.

“When leaving home we need to continue to do what is necessary and reasonable and this includes where we exercise. Now is not the time for people to be travelling to Cumbria to exercise in our rural communities or visit the National Parks. I am pleased that most people understand this.

“The guidance from the government remains that exercise should be done locally, using open spaces near to your home where possible and people should travel only when necessary and for a short distance. Travelling from other areas, like we have seen recently from Middlesex, Plymouth and Leeds to enjoy our local areas is not necessary or reasonable. We need the continued support of the public and the Lake District will be here when this is over and we will welcome you when it’s safe to do so.

“Our Officers will continue to patrol all areas across the county and where they come across people travelling unreasonably or people failing to adhere to the social distancing guidelines, they will engage with them, explain the guidance and encourage people to go home, only as a last resort where reason fails, enforcement action will be taken.”

 

 Lake District National Park Authority Chief Executive, Richard Leafe said:

“At this time, we continue to ask people not to travel to the Lake District National Park. Please help keep our largely rural communities safe by exercising locally. 

“The Lake District will be here for the nation to enjoy when this situation is over. But for now we ask everyone to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives”

The greatest support you can give those who continue to keep you safe, and particularly the NHS, is to stay at home.


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Successful Domestic Abuse Live Q&A session

Together with partner agencies including Health, NSPCC, Victim Support, and Adult Social Care have launched a domestic abuse question and answer session on Facebook, which launched on 15th April.

A panel of safeguarding experts worked together to answer domestic abuse related questions from the public on the Cumbria Police Facebook page. We received a fantastic response with lots of questions asked, which led to us receiving two reports about two victims who police and partner agencies are now supporting.

The public have the option to send a private message to us if they wish to remain anonymous, or they can simply post the question on our Facebook wall.

Detective Chief Inspector Dan St. Quintin said:

‘Today we reached over 10,000 people and we now know about two new victims of domestic abuse who we are supporting. This new channel of communication has been successful and more web chats will be arranged for next week.

‘In the meantime, I urge anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to come forward and report their experiences. I also urge any friends, family members or colleagues to report any concerns they have on 101. Always ring 999 in an emergency.

‘For Cumbria Constabulary it is business as usual for domestic abuse regardless of Coronavirus. Domestic abuse is a key priority for the constabulary and we are good at responding to it. Please report it. We will keep you and your family safe’.

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said:

"It is vital now, more so than ever, that people are aware of the Domestic Abuse services operating in Cumbria during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“This weekly on-line session is another valuable service for people to gain advice and information about domestic abuse support available in the county.

"I urge people to take these opportunities to ask questions to our multi-agency team and receive timely, well-informed responses. It is essential that victims know how and where to access support during isolation as the lockdown around COVID-19 continues.

“I want those individuals who need help and support to know they have not been forgotten, help is available and we are here to support you.”

Sharon Tingey, who represented the NSPCC on the panel, said: "It was important to be part of today's Facebook Q&A as many domestic abuse victims struggle behind closed doors.

"Support needs to be extended to the many children who will be affected by domestic abuse but are at risk of being invisible during the coronavirus crisis.

"As well as encouraging individual victims to reach out for help, we want to see everyone play a role in safeguarding children so the adults and communities around a child can spot any signs of abuse.

"Simple guidance should be given to everyone who continues to have contact with families - including delivery drivers, postal workers and retail staff - about what to look out for and how to report any concerns they may have."

The Q&A session will be held again next Wednesday 22nd April from 3-5pm on the Cumbria Police Facebook page which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/cumbriapolice/

If you need to speak to someone regarding domestic abuse or would like to make a report please call 101, or use our online reporting form here: https://www.cumbria.police.uk/Report-It/Report-a-Crime/Non-Emergency-Crime-Online.aspx

Always call 999 in an emergency.


Helpline

Emergency Support Helpline

An emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours has been set up.

0800 783 1966  
COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk  

The lines will operate Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends.

The service will also accepts referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

Further details about this support service can be found online at https://bit.ly/2Xp9x9c


Are you concerned about a child?

During the current covid-19 crisis it is important that we look out for one another. With schools closed there are fewer people looking out for children. If you are concerned that a child or young person is at risk of abuse or neglect (harm) then you must report those concerns

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