Cumbria Police activity increased over the weekend, at a time when people are out enjoying Christmas celebrations.

Officers bolstered their presence, patrolling nightlife hotspots in uniform to maximise public safety, reduce strain on emergency services, and deter potential criminals.

This intensified period of police activity is set to continue in the coming weeks, particularly focusing on swift responses to violent incidents during the holiday celebrations.

Chief inspector Jo Walker emphasised the police's role in the festive period, stating: "Our county has many popular locations to celebrate over the festive period and it’s important that we plan for the potential demand increase for these areas."

She highlighted the importance of the Safer Street Welfare Hub situated in Carlisle, which operates as a platform for emergency services working together to assist the public during the busiest times of the year.

She expressed hopes that, with police providing proactive assistance, the festive season will progress smoothly and safely, potentially deterring crime.

The Westmorland Gazette: Officers bolstered their presence, patrolling nightlife hotspots in uniform to maximise public

The past weekend saw varied police activity across different towns.

In Workington, authorities carried out checks on 12 licensed premises for adherence to the 'challenge 25’ policy.

Carlisle saw a bustling night marked by a number of incidents, although no major disorder occurred.

A dispersal order was enforced in Barrow Town Centre following public disorder incidents, while Kendal and Lakes area and Penrith involved high visibility police presence and various arrests.

Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, discussed the vital role of the Welfare Hubs during the festive period, stating: "We do want everyone to feel safe when out which is why the police presence, and the availability of the Welfare Hubs in our towns at this time, is so important."

He stressed that the officers' presence should reassure party-goers while discouraging any potential criminals.

Mr McCall ended with a reminder of the seasonal spirit of kindness and vigilance: "Christmas is a time for celebration – please watch out for those around you, enjoy your night out and stay safe."

The public is reminded that they can report crimes online at or by calling 101 or 999 in case of emergencies.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.