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Two men charged with child incitement offences in north Cumbria

Two men from north Cumbria have been charged today with offences connected with attempts to incite children online to engage in sexual activity.

The investigations into the two men are separate and not related to one another.

Justin Bell, 49, of Bannisdale Way, Carlisle, was arrested last night (6 April) after officers attended his home address.

He has been charged with:

  • Two counts of attempting to incite a female child aged 13-15 to engage in sexual activity
  • Being an adult and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child

He has been remanded in police custody and is due to attend Carlisle Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (8 April).

Some innocent neighbours properties have been damaged and windows broken after a video was posted on the social media site Facebook.

Michael Chapman, 23, of Troutbeck, Penrith, was arrested last night (6 April) after officers attended his home address.

He has been charged with:

  • Being an adult and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child
  • Attempting to incite a female child to engage in sexual activity
  • Breach of a sexual harm prevention order

He has been remanded in police custody and is due to attend Carlisle Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (8 April).

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