Five Cumbria robberies 'possibly linked'


Detectives have set up a major incident room to investigate five armed raids or attempted armed robberies in Cumbria.

Police are "tentatively linking" the incidents which have happened in north and west Cumbria since late October.

The first raid was in Great Broughton on 25 October, three were in Silloth, Wigton and Carlisle on Saturday and the fifth happened in Penrith on Sunday.

Police said the similarity and descriptions of offenders had led them to potentially link the incidents.

Two men went into the post office in Great Broughton on 25 October and demanded money from the postmaster but left empty-handed.

It is believed a small handgun was seen.

Three men were arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail until December.

Threatened cashiers

Two men entered the Spar, in Solway Street, Silloth, at 0710 GMT on Saturday and threatened staff with knives. A purse was stolen.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of robbery and placed on bail until December.

At 2018 GMT the same day, two men threatened the cashier with a knife at Bells off licence, Orton Road, Carlisle. No money was stolen.

Less than 40 minutes later, two men threatened a cashier with knives at William Hill, King Street, Wigton. Nothing was taken.

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and placed on police bail until December.

The fifth incident happened on Sunday when two men demanded money from a cashier at Bet Fred, in Cornmarket, Penrith. A small quantity of cash was stolen.

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