Teenage boy arrested in connection with attempted robberies in Wirral

A teenage boy has been arrested after a warrant was executed in Moreton following a series of attempted robberies in the area between Sunday 7 May and Wednesday 17 May.

One of the incidents took place at around 5.15pm on Monday 15 May when it was reported that a boy on an electric bike was approached by five suspects, two on a moped, and three on bicycles.

The suspect rode alongside the victim and demanded his bike. When the boy refused, one of them threatened him with a metal baton and another kicked him in the leg. The victim escaped and went inside a pub on Hoylake Road.

No one was injured during the attack.

Two of the bikes believed to be used by suspects from the robberies were later seized by police on Tuesday 16 May.

This morning (Friday 18 May) a warrant was executed at an address in Moreton where a 15-year-old boy from the area was arrested on suspicion of robbery, handling stolen goods and theft of a bike.

He was taken to a police station in Merseyside where he remains in custody.

Detective Inspector Emma Kerrigan said, “After officers analysed several photos and CCTV footage of the suspects following the incidents between Sunday 7 May and Wednesday 17 May a successful warrant was executed in Moreton to prevent any further crime in the area.

“I would like to thank members of the community who provided vital information which led to the arrest this morning.

“I hope this response shows that such violence will not be tolerated in our community and we are determined to find anyone who was responsible and bring them to justice.

“Our detectives would still like to hear from anyone who saw the incident on Hoylake Road or any other similar incidents in Moreton, Leasowe or Greasby between Sunday 7 May and Wednesday 17 May.

“I would also urge anyone who lives in the area and has any doorbell or CCTV footage to check your devices in case they captured the incident or anything suspicious from Monday evening.

“Any piece of information could support our ongoing enquiries and prevent violence in our community.”

If you have any information please contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre with any information quoting reference 23000328647.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information


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