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ASBOs come into force to protect rural Cumbria communities from criminal gang

AN Anti-Social Behaviour Order will come into force in Cumbria following the release of a criminal gang from prison.

A team of thieves who targeted farms and rural properties across Cumbria are being released from prison after they were sentenced to a total of 15 years on December 1, 2011.

At the time of sentencing, ASBOs were granted, which will restrict their movements when they leave prison.

These ASBOs have been specifically designed to protect people living in rural communities. They are the first ASBOs of this nature to be granted in Cumbria preventing the gang from causing harassment, alarm or distress to anyone living in the county.

They will also be prohibited from entering, or being found upon, any private land, property or outbuilding anywhere outside the city of Carlisle. If they are caught breaking their ASBOs they will face immediate legal action.

Mark Robinson, aged 49, Paul Gibbons aged 44, and Alistair Tuddenham aged 47, all

received ten year ASBOs. Scott Rumney Mulholland, aged 26 years, was given a five year ASBO.

PC Kath Paterson, for Carlisle East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These ASBOs were specifically designed to protect the residents in our communities from these criminals.

“They will assist in helping us to protect rural communities from acquisitive crime and also provide reassurance that these criminals will be prevented from causing alarm or distress to people in Cumbria.

“No one should live in fear of being a victim of crime at the hands of this gang and these ASBOs should add another layer of protection for those living in rural areas.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people living in isolated and rural locations who supported the application.”

Police say any residents who see Robinson, Gibbons, Tuddenham and Mulholland breaching the conditions of his ASBO should contact police immediately on 101. In an emergency, always call 999.

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