This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Mounted patrols at Birkenhead
Last weekend, Local Policing Officers from Bebington Police station are carrying out an operation in the Birkenhead area , and were also joined by Officers from the mounted section.
They were at Birkenhead Park to target violence reduction and have already located a baton, similar to that used by the police, hidden in a bush near to Birkenhead Park entrance. This was seized and will be destroyed.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a suspected arson attack in Liscard in the early hours of Saturday 24 April.
Emergency services were called to The Vineyard pub on Seaview Road at 1am to reports of a fire at the premises. Significant damage was caused to the interior of the pub but nobody reported injured.
Patrols in South Wirral area parks
Last weekend, officers from #Teambeb visited a number of parks and open spaces in the South Wirral area.
They saw many people enjoying the good weather and making use of these spaces. Please report any crimes or ongoing issues in these areas to Merseyside Police.
New recruits for Wallasey
Last weekend, the latest intake of Merseyside Police Special Constabulary officers were completing their final weekend with role plays and tonight will be their attestation before they then join officers in their respective posted areas.
Wirral will have 4 officers join at Wallasey alongside the Community and R&R Teams. Officers from Wirral Targeted Team have assisted the Special Constabulary in their final role plays assessing performance and giving feedback in a variety of different calls for service including robbery, vehicle crime, domestic incidents anti-social behaviour and mental health.
This is to give officers an insight into the variety of calls for service that are received and that will be attended by them. As a Special Constable, the role is voluntary however carries the same powers afforded as a regular full-time police constable and you will work alongside regular teams within Community, Targeted, Local Policing and specialist roles such as Roads Policing.
If you fancy a challenge, want to give back to the community and could volunteer 16 hours a month to make Merseyside a safer place to live, then Merseyside Police can give you a range of opportunities including Community Policing, responding to calls for service, specialist roles and more. Click on the link below to find out more.https://crowd.in/4tvhyX
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a knifepoint robbery in Birkenhead last week.
At around 6pm on Wednesday 21 April, a woman in her 20s attended hospital with superficial injuries. The victim was walking towards the Pyramids Shopping Centre on Borough Road when she was approached by a white man with acne scarred skin, black hair, wearing all black clothing and riding a Trek bike.
Officers visit St. Mary’s Centre, Upton
On the morning of Tuesday 27 April, officers were at St. Mary’s Centre in Upton.
Local Police Officers attended the pre-school to visit the children, who were able to see the police car, police equipment, and also learn about the basics of asking for help and stranger danger. Officers were invited along at short notice as part of the “People Who Help Us” week.
Next of kin appeal: Roy Jarmin
Wirral Coroner’s Office is appealing for help to find the next of kin for Wallasey man Roy Jarmin, who recently passed away.
Mr Jarmin sadly died in hospital last Thursday, 22 April. He was 83 and lived on Field Road. There are no suspicious circumstances. Please call Lea Cripps on (0151) 233 0133 or email [email protected]
Merseyside will elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner on 6 May 2021. Jane Kennedy, who is the current PCC for Merseyside announced in 2019 that she would not be standing for re-election.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives with responsibility for policing in each police area in England and Wales. Each police area (with the exception of Greater London and Greater Manchester, where the directly elected mayor is the policing authority instead) elects a commissioner every four years.
The elections for PCCs was due to take place in 2020, but were postponed until 6 May 2021, due to COVID-19. In the 2016 PCC election, Merseyside had a turnout of 302,253, representing 30.2% of the voting population. Jane Kennedy was reelected taking 186,661 votes, representing 61.8% of those who voted.
Officers visit St. Anselm’s High School, Birkenhead
Safer Schools Officer Claire Walker and PCSO’s Jones and Shone from the Local Policing team at Bebington Police Station were at St. Anselm’s High School, Birkenhead on Tuesday 27 April, delivering preventative sessions on knife crime awareness using the VRP funded initiative TO THE EDGE.
Seven sessions were delivered to over 200 students aged 13-16 years old. There was really positive engagement from students and staff, lots of discussion around knife crime and positive feedback from the deliveries.
Also prior to and at the end of the school day the Officers have marked and registered 30+ students push bikes with bike register on the National Cycle Database.
This week sees a week-long national campaign to deter those involved in knife crime.
#OpSceptre is an operation which aims to proactively target those carrying weapons, reduce these offences, raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime, and provide young people with more positive alternatives to crime.
The country’s brightest young cyber minds have been crowned winners of Matrix Challenge 2020, a competition pitting the most talented 11-17-year-olds against a series of digital tasks aimed at promoting positive pathways into cyber security careers.
Beginning in January 2020, the competition saw 65,000 participants from around the United Kingdom use their digital skills to tackle coding, code breaking and knowledge-based challenges, with winners crowned in two age categories.
The North West region generated the largest amount of UK competition entries, with 14,000 young people taking part. 38 North West candidates made it through to the national final in January 2021.
Officers visit Woodchurch CofE Primary School
OpSceptre is about proactive policing targeting knife crime but it’s also a chance for police to engage with young people and show them the impact that picking up a knife can have on their lives.
On Tuesday 27 April, officers were joined by members of the Armed Response Unit (ARVs for all you Line of Duty fans!) to give a talk to the kids at Woodchurch CofE Primary School.
Merseyside Police has confirmed that the boy who sadly died following a collision on Manor Drive, Upton, on Monday 26 April, has been named as 15-year-old Jack Jones from Woodchurch.
His family have issued the following tribute: “Jack was a funny, kind and sensitive boy. He loved being with friends and outdoors, just hanging out, being a typical 15-year-old boy.”
Leo Meek, 22, of West Way, Moreton, has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident and will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 27 May.
A 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following an operation in Birkenhead, Wirral.
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) working in partnership with Wirral Council Trading Standards and Merseyside Police executed warrants at properties across five addresses in Rock Ferry and Tranmere on Wednesday, 28 April.
Woodchurch man arrested on Class A drug offences
On the evening of Tuesday 27 April, officers from Team 2 Wirral Targeted were deployed to reports of a suspected stolen van on Woodchurch Estate.
The van was located and a short time later, a male returned which officers believed had links to it. The male was arrested and following this, a search of his home address was conducted. Officers found a large quantity of class A and B drugs, a significant amount of cash, scales, tick-lists and other items that consisted with drug dealing.
A sword was also recovered taking a dangerous weapon from the streets and also officers located a suspected live bullet. The male was arrested for possession with intent to supply drugs and possession of a section 1 firearm ammunition.
If you have any information in relation to drugs, drug dealing, weapons or any other type of criminality, police want to hear from you. Get in touch and let police know through 101, 999 if an emergency, on Facebook, Twitter @merpolcc or even call Crimestoppers anonymously.
Merseyside Police charged a 38-year-old man with drug offences on Friday 30 April, following his arrest the previous day.
Three months since the discovery of the body of a baby boy in Bebington, Wirral detectives are continuing to appeal for the public to come forward with information.
The full-term baby boy was found at 4.25pm on Friday 29th January in a wooded area at the side of a footpath close to the 16th green of Brackenwood golf course in Bracken Lane in Bebington. A post-mortem to establish the cause of death proved inconclusive.
A number of lines of enquiry have been examined, including suggestions about the identity of the baby’s mother, but all have been ruled out and enquiries are continuing.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following reports of criminal damage to houses in Liscard on Monday, 26 April.
Shortly after 6pm, it was reported that four male youths had thrown bricks at the front windows of two houses on Parkfield Drive, causing them to smash.
No-one was hurt in the incident although the occupants were understandably shocked and upset.
For regular crime and police related updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/crimewatchwirral
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