Merseyside Police has confirmed that a total of eight people have been arrested following reports of fighting and anti-social behaviour in Wallasey and New Brighton last night, Monday 31 May.
At around 8pm, officers were called to Harrison Drive in Wallasey Village to reports of a fight at the location. Officers attended and detained three men. A number of teenage males were found with facial injuries.
A 50-year-old man from Liscard; a 24-year-old man from Liscard; and an 18-year-old man from New Brighton were arrested on suspicion of affray and remain in custody for questioning.
Around this time, an 18-year-old boy also reportedly had his phone stolen after rocks were thrown at him near to Harrison Park, Wallasey Village. He was left with minor injuries. Enquiries are ongoing.
At around 8.30pm, officers attended Kings Parade, New Brighton to a further report of fighting at the location. A 22-year-old man from Luton; a 23-year-old man from Omagh; and a 15-year-old boy from Bidston were arrested on suspicion of affray and also remain in custody for questioning. Items were reportedly thrown at members of the public, although no injuries were reported.
Two teenagers were also arrested later on following the assault of an officer in New Brighton. At around 10.05pm, an officer responding to a call on New Brighton Coastal Drive saw two youths jumping on a police van. The officer attempted to detain one of the youths before the youths ran off. They were detained on Wellington Road a short time later and one of the suspects reportedly assaulted the officer.
A 15-year-old boy from Poulton was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage
A 16-year-old boy from Liscard was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and assault of an emergency worker.
Both have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Community Policing Inspector Paul Harrison said: “Although a large number of arrests have been made, we’re still investigating all of these incidents, and keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked and the reasons behind them.
“Anyone in these areas last night who witnessed such violence and anti-social behaviour will have been understandably horrified, and in some cases left in fear for their own safety. I’d like to assure those people that we’re thoroughly investigating and will act upon any information which comes in to assist our work.
“Violence in our communities and against our officers will never be tolerated and we will use all available powers in the coming days to keep the community safe, and will keep you updated as to what further action is taken.
“I’d also urge those with young people in their care to know where your children are and what they are doing. When vehicles are damaged, vital emergency services can be diverted from other serious incidents which also require an immediate response so work with us and pass information on.
“If you have any information, images or footage to assist, please send this to us on the following channels, and be mindful of what you share and discuss on social media.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact us via 101, our social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter, or alternatively leave information anonymously and for free with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form anonymously: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online. Follow @MerPolWirral on Twitter and Wirral Police on Facebook for updates and other advice/news.