CUMBRIA’s police force is ‘incredibly fortunate’ because of the county’s true community spirit.

The claims came from the county’s police and crime commissioner Peter McCall as he launched his third annual report, covering the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

He has a statutory responsibility to produce a report as part of being held to account by the public.

Mr McCall said: “I often talk about ‘we not they’ and here in Cumbria, we are incredibly fortunate. There is true community spirit, which makes a significant difference to help fight crime and tackle the issues that matter most to you.

“I have continued to engage with you, the public, along with partners and stakeholders, to help identify Cumbria’s policing priorities, and shape my Police and Crime Plan. As I have said before, your priorities are my priorities.”

He added finding money for Cumbria’s police force was always going to be a ‘challenge’, saying it was his job to lobby the government for cash.