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Cumbria Police rubber bullets found by road

Cumbria Police has reviewed its security measures after a bag of the force's rubber bullets was found on a traffic island.

At first, the pouch was thought by maintenance workers to contain someone's personal belongings and was left where it was in Kendal.

When nobody came to claim it, the workers handed it to their manager, who passed it on to the police.

The force said it was grateful the bullets had been handed in.

The College of Policing refers to the bullets, which are usually used for riot control and to disperse protests, as a "less lethal option".

'It's worrying'

Dave Armstrong, managing director of Cox and Allen Building Contractors, said: "If someone was to leave some shotgun cartridges lying around they would lose their licence.

"I think it's worrying that things do go amiss.

"I would've thought they would be counted out and back in again."

Insp Paul Telford, of Cumbria Police, said: "Our strict issuing procedures revealed the rounds to be missing and we made immediate efforts to find them.

"I'm grateful to the finder for rightly and responsibly handing them to police.

"I'm confident no-one has been put at risk as a result, and I have reviewed the measures in place to minimise the possibility of this happening again."

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