Cumbria

Cumbria Police increase cash van security after attack

Police are putting on extra patrols to protect cash security vans after a guard was attacked in Carlisle.

The man was knocked to the ground at Asda, in the Kingstown Industrial Estate, on 8 November.

He was not injured in the raid, but a "significant amount" of cash was stolen. Police believe the robbers were from Liverpool or Manchester.

From Friday extra officers will patrol cash delivery points and also accompany vans for part of their journeys.

'Quite rare'

Police believe the robbers may have stayed in the Carlisle area the night before the raid and are asking guest house owners to check their books.

Ch Insp Kevin Greenhow, who is co-ordinating the operation, said: "Christmas is fast approaching and this is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for cash-in-transit robberies.

"This type of crime is quite rare in Cumbria, and we want it to stay that way.

"The key to preventing these crimes is to show offenders that we are watching them and that if they target deliveries in Cumbria they will be caught."

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