There's never exactly a 'good' time for crime to occur - but it's hard to think of a worse time than now.

Emergency services, which are tasked with either the prevention or clean up of crimes, are stretched to breaking point - especially the brave men and women fighting on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic in our hospitals.

It is therefore appalling to see crime still flourishing in the region.

Earlier this week we reported on fires taking hold in the fells, which Cumbria Fire and Rescue members say could have been started deliberately.

And on page 12 of today's The Mail, we report that Barrow Amateur Boxing Club, on Dalkieth Street, has been targeted by vandals who broke into the club overnight.

It's disgraceful to see a community asset attacked during such a trying time.

Jeff Moses, head coach at Barrow ABC, said he was 'shocked' and 'disappointed' that someone would target such a well respected feature of the town.

Crime will always happen, no matter the circumstance. Even during The Blitz, crime shot up as a result of looting - but we could really do with some 'Blitz spirit' right about now.

We need people from all walks of life to come together for a common good - to think and act responsibly when out and about in our communities.