Arrests made following ongoing police disruption targeting criminals in Wirral

A number of arrests have been made following an ongoing proactive policing operation to target criminals.

Officers were in Birkenhead and Wallasey on Wednesday 18 January, in high visibility police presence disrupt criminality and protect those living in the area.

In one incident, officers approached a red Volkswagen Golf on Penrith Street, Birkenhead. The driver started the ignition and struck the officer then drove off towards Ball Road East.

A short time later a 25-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested at an address on suspicion of a number of offences including dangerously driving, failing to stop, possession of a bladed article, and assault of an emergency worker.

He has been released under investigation and the vehicle has been seized.

Officers stopped a black Alfa Romeo on Duke Street and suspected the driver being under the influence of drugs. A search was carried out and suspected drugs paraphernalia for cannabis was found. The driver also tested positive for cocaine.

A 23-year-old man from Kirkby was arrested on suspicion of drug driving. He has been released pending further enquiries.

In another incident, officers arrested a man on Saturday 14 January as part of the ongoing disruption campaign in the borough.

Jake Robinson, 22 years, of Beechwood, has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a private place and possessing a controlled Class B drug (cannabis).

He has been given unconditional bail and is due to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court on Tuesday 21 February.

Alan McKeon, Community Policing Inspector for Wirral, said, “This an on-going police disruption operation targeting criminals involved in serious and organised crime in Wirral.

“These latest arrests illustrates our relentless determination to proactively tackle crime and keep our streets safe. This supports the work we do every day of the year to tackle those who offend in our communities.

“If you have anti-social behaviour or criminality in your area let us know and we will take action.”

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in the community, where weapons are being stored or who is using them can contact Merseyside Police by sending a DM to @MerPolCC, calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Image: Merseyside Police

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