CUMBRIANS are being asked if they would be prepared to pay more towards policing.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall has launched a consultation to find out if residents are willing to pay a larger council tax precept to help his force's finances.

Mr McCall is asking householders if they would be willing to pay 1.92 per cent more per year – which represents £4.23 for a Band D property, or just over eight pence a week.

The results from the consultation will help the commissioner decide on the level of council tax precept for 2018-2019 policing budget.

Mr McCall said: “I will also be seeking the views of the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Panel before making my decision.

"This modest increase will help me to support policing services and keep Cumbria a safe place.”

To take part in the consultation, visit:

Alternatively, you can email your views to the Commissioner at at or write to him at: OPCC, Police Headquarters, Carleton Hall, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2AU.

The consultation runs until December 8.