Merseyside Police weekly news round-up 14 May 2022

This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in Merseyside during the last seven days.

Man approached and mum with child and followed teenage girl in Walton Vale

Following two reports of a man acting suspiciously in Walton Vale, Merseyside Police has increased high visibility patrols in the area to reassure the public.

It was reported that at around 12.45pm on Tuesday 10 May a man approached a mother and her four-year-old son on the pavement outside Top Class Shoe Repairs on Walton Vale.

He then picked the boy up and carried him across the road. The mother followed him and retrieved her son before going into a nearby shop.

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Arrest following Moreton stabbing

A 36-year-old man has been arrested after an assault in Moreton.

At around 9.50pm on Sunday 8 May officers were called to a report that a man was assaulted at an address on Meadfoot Road.

It was reported that the victim left the property and walked into a pub on Netherton Road before heading to Moreton Cross.

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Woman and two men jailed for sexual offences against children

A woman who sexually assaulted and raped a child with two other men has been jailed for sexual offences against children following an extensive joint investigation by Merseyside Police and St Helens Social Care.

During a previous court case in June 2021 a phone of a convicted paedophile showed indecent images and videos of children sent by a mobile number that was linked to Vicki Bevan.

Further messages and images alleged that Vicki Bevan was sexually abusing children with two other men.

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‘Pride and joy’ bike stolen from Oxton garage

During the night of Thursday 12 May – Friday 13 May, a garage in Shrewsbury Road, Oxton. was broken into and two pushbikes stolen.

The owner said, “My pride and joy bike, which I used almost every day got stolen, so I’m proper gutted. If you hear anything and could help keep an eye out, please let me know if you see my bike.”

The bike pictured above may have had the basket removed and the other bike is red. Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101. 

Man jailed for murdering own father

A Liverpool man has been jailed for life to serve a minimum of 14 years for the murder of his father.

David Lavender, 37, assaulted 79-year-old Anthony Lavender during a domestic disturbance at the family home in Woodhall Road in Old Swan in the early hours of 30 December 2021.

Lavender then left the house and drove off in a car along Queens Drive, which he then crashed on the flyover. He was arrested a short time later.

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Shotgun recovered from grassland in Knowsley

Merseyside Police Officers have recovered a shotgun and a bladed weapon from grassland in Knowsley.

At around 1.40pm on Monday 9 May, police received a report that the sawn-off shotgun and the bladed weapon were found in undergrowth near Steeple View and St Andrews Church in Kirkby.

The firearm has been made safe and forensically recovered.

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Illegal tobacco and vapes seized in Kirkby newsagents

llicit tobacco and counterfeit vapes have been seized from a newsagents in Kirkby. 

On Friday 6 May, Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards visited Village News on Glovers Brow, Kirkby, and seized approximately 25,000 cigarettes, 230 packs of tobacco and 44 vapes. 

A full investigation is now underway by Trading Standards. 

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Woman found dead in Birkenhead flat named

A woman who was sadly found dead at a property in Birkenhead last night, Thursday 12  May, has been formally identified as 62-year-old Karen Wheeler.

Police were called to a property on Vittoria Close at around 7.15pm. Paramedics attended but Mrs Wheeler was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. A post mortem is due to take place to establish the cause of death.

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Liverpool man on National Crime Agency’s most wanted list arrested

A Liverpool fugitive wanted for murder who was on the National Crime Agency’s most wanted list has been arrested in Spain.

David Ungi, aged 30, was being sought for his suspected role in the murder of 18-year-old Vinny Waddington in Liverpool in 2015.

He was apprehended on Thursday night along with three other men as he entered a gym at a shopping centre in Coin, Malaga, as part of a joint operation involving the Spanish authorities, the National Crime Agency, Merseyside Police and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

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Liverpool man jailed for seven years for possession of firearm

A Liverpool man has been jailed for seven years for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a prohibited firearm.

Saeed Ahmed, 40, of Wavertree, must also serve a further three years on licence after admitting the offences which took place in December last year.

Officers found two firearms at Wavertree Sports Park after carrying out a search following reports of shots being fired on Friday 17 December on Wellington Road.

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Two-week firearms surrender begins in Merseyside

Merseyside Police is appealing for people to hand over guns and ammunition as part of a two-week national firearms surrender.

Through targeted operations and activity firearms incidents in Merseyside are the lowest they have been for 20 years, but one incident is one too many and we are appealing for the public’s help to make sure more weapons are out of circulation.

Forces across the UK are asking members of the public to hand in unlawfully held or unwanted weapons to prevent them from ever getting into criminal hands.

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Man jailed for County Lines drugs supply in Wirral

A man involved in supplying drugs in Wirral as part of a ‘County Lines’ drugs supply has been sentenced.

John Bromilow, aged 27, from North Wales, was arrested by Project Medusa officers on 4 February 2022, investigating a County Line drug supply into Birkenhead.

He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court and was sentenced to 21 months for the offence.

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Man jailed for sexually assaulting teenager in Garston as she made her way home

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for sexually assaulting a teenage girl as she returned home from a chip shop in Liverpool.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Ramijah Hindes, of no fixed address, followed the 17-year-old as she made her way home in the Garston area on 17 March 2022.

He grabbed her and then subjected her to an assault that was both violent and sexually motivated. She managed to break free and he ran off.

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Two men guilty of murdering a man in Huyton

Two men have been found guilty of murdering a 26-year-old man in a residential street in Liverpool in broad daylight.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Reuben Murphy and Ben Doyle worked together to kill Patrick Boyle outside a house in Newway in Huyton on 1 July 2021.

Murphy, 26, of Huyton was the masked gunman who pulled the trigger on the semi-automatic pistol that fired two bullets into Patrick Boyle’s chest around 5.55pm.

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Man arrested after drone and cannabis seized near HMP Liverpool

A man was arrested after staff at HMP Liverpool reported seeing a drone entering the grounds of the prison in the early hours of Tuesday 10 May.

At around 2am, staff reported seeing the drone and officers were deployed to search the area.

A man was seen on Rice Lane recreational park carrying a drone radio controller, and a drone in a rucksack. The man was detained and after a search, a quantity of cannabis was seized.

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Three arrested after handgun and drugs found in Old Swan

Three people have been arrested after a handgun and large amount of drugs were found at a house in Old Swan.

Just after midnight on Tuesday 10 May, officers spotted a man riding a bike on Prescot Road who was acting nervously. 

After noticing a strong smell of cannabis, the officers searched the man and found two mobile phones, one of which was believed to have been stolen.

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Man shot in leg in Beechwood

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following an injury shooting on Wednesday 11 May.  

At around 10.40pm a 17-year-old male presented at Arrowe Park Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg. The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition. 

Following enquiries, a scene was established on Fender Way, and evidence consistent with shots being fired was found. 

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Man arrested after body of woman found in Huyton

Detectives have launched a murder investigation and arrested a man following an incident in Huyton on Wednesday 11 May.

At around 8.30am, officers were called to a house on Radway Road following a report that a body of a woman had been found inside the property.

Emergency services attended and the victim was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The woman’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers. 

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Two arrested in connection with burglaries in Liverpool

Merseyside Police arrested two men on suspicion of burglary and seized suspected stolen laptops on Wednesday 11 May. 

Officers executed a warrant at a property on Harkbridge Drive, Edge Hill. 

At the address, police recovered laptops which were reported stolen from addresses on Nicander Road and Cumberland Avenue, Greenbank, on Tuesday 10 May. 

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Liverpool man has sentence extended for failing to pay his confiscation order

Liam Cornett, of Huyton, was jailed for 26 years in December 2019 after being found guilty of heading up a large scale drugs conspiracy following an investigation by the North West Regional Crime Unit (NWROCU). 

The 32-year-old was ordered to repay £183,270 within three months at a confiscation hearing at Liverpool Crown Court in May 2021.

He has failed to pay the full amount and was sentenced to a further 481 days in prison at Liverpool Crown Court last month.

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