Merseyside Police has arrested three men following two incidents in Birkenhead when a member of the public and a Police Community Support Officer were threatened.
At around 1.50pm on 1 February, it was reported two men had threatened a man in his 50s in JD Sports in Birkenhead. The man made off from the store to safety and was not hurt during the incident, but left shaken.
Following enquiries, officers detained two men and searched two properties. Cannabis, an electric bike suspected of being stolen and a machete were seized at one address, and cannabis, another electric bike and a significant quantity of cash in the second.
A 27-year-old man from Beechwood was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and possession of a class B controlled drug (cannabis).
A 33-year-old man from Bidston was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, possession of a class B controlled drug (cannabis).
Both men have been bailed with conditions.
In a separate incident, officers attended a report at about 4.10pm yesterday (Wednesday 9 February) of youths threatening to throw rocks at a member of the public on Fifth Avenue on the Beechwood estate.
Upon attending, the youths threatened a Police Community Support Officer and further officers were deployed. During the incident, a man with the youths also threatened the officer and caused damage to a police car.
A 41-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and criminal damage. He was taken into custody and has been released under investigation.
Wirral Chief Inspector Tom Welch said, “We will not tolerate anyone who thinks it is acceptable to make threats of violence to anyone.
“Our officers patrol Birkenhead 365 days a year in order to keep people safe and will bring anyone who brings fear and intimidation to our streets to justice.
“We have a range of tools at our disposal in order to disrupt offenders, including stop searches, dispersal zones, warrants and land searches.
“We target patrols according to intelligence we receive, so if you witness any anti-social or threatening behaviour in your area, please let us know and we will take action.”
To report any crime in your area, DM @MerPolCC on twitter, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestpoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.