This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
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Sister’s plea to help find missing Carol
It is now just over 8 months since Carol Mighall was last seen. She left her house in Rodney Street, Birkenhead and walked to an off licence on Argyle Street and was last sighted at around 4:40pm on 4 January 2021.
Her family is becoming increasingly concerned about her welfare. birkenhead.news spoke to Karen Mighall, who is Carol’s sister, who made an emotional plea for information confirming that Carol is safe and well.
Karen is thankful to those who have helped by informing her of potential sightings via social media. “Every message we’ve had on Facebook, we’ve gone looking in that area. We have been telling people that the police want photographs [of possible sightings of Carol] to confirm that it is actually her, before we go to those areas.”
Man arrested and cannabis farm dismantled in Seacombe
Merseyside Police has arrested a man and seized almost 100 cannabis plants following an incident in Seacombe on Monday 6 September.
At around 12.35pm, officers were called to an address on St Pauls Road to reports of a suspected cannabis farm. The specialist Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT) attended and seized 98 plants and equipment and made the property safe.
A 30-year-old man from Liscard was found hiding nearby and was arrested on suspicion of cannabis production and taken to a police station. He remains in custody for questioning.
Hit-and-run driver injures 17-year-old at Noctorum
Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a fail to stop road traffic collision in Noctorum last night, Tuesday 7 September.
At around 7pm, emergency services were called to Naseby Close to reports of a collision involving a car and a 17-year-old boy. The boy was taken to hospital for assessment of serious arm and leg injuries. The drive made off without stopping at the scene.
At around 7.15pm, a red Ford Focus was found on fire at the junction of Boundary Road and Worcester Road. Enquiries are ongoing to determine whether this was the vehicle involved. Enquiries are ongoing, including CCTV.
Edinburgh man reunited with stolen bicycle after it was advertised on eBay by man from Wallasey
Officers in Wirral have recovered a stolen bike to an Edinburgh man after it was advertised for sale on eBay.
On Wednesday 7 July, a high-value Saracen Arial carbon fibre mountain bike was stolen from the Edinburgh area. Following enquiries, it was established that attempts were being made to sell the bike online. Officers attended the address of the seller and a man was detained.
A 42-year-old man from Egremont, Wirral was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and remains under investigation. The victim was presented with his bike by Constable Graham Ford from Wirral Community Policing Team.
Cyclist kicks man in head during assault on Wirral Way
Detectives are appealing for information following an assault on the Wirral Way in Caldy earlier this month.
At around 10am on Wednesday 1 September, a man is his 50s was walking his dogs on the Wirral Way near to Melloncroft Drive West in Caldy, in the direction of Thurstaston.
A male cyclist rode past at speed, almost hitting his dogs. The victim asked the cyclist to slow down, and the cyclist stopped, got off his bike and punched the victim twice to the face, pushed him to the ground and kicked him in the head. He then rode off towards Thurstaston.
NW Motorway Police lane hogging warning
NW Motorway Police has warned drivers about lane-hogging on motorways.
In a number of posts on social media, they showed images of cars hogging lane 2 (the centre lane) and cars that had been stopped after failing to move into the correct lane.
The rule for lane discipline on motorways is simple: “You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”
Increase in thefts from motor vehicles in Wallasey, Liscard and New Brighton
Merseyside Police has seen an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in the Wallasey, Liscard and New Brighton areas over the last week. The offences have taken place overnight and insecure vehicles have been targeted.
A police spokesperson said, “Please take extra steps to ensure any valuables are removed from your vehicles and at the very least are kept out of sight.You local Officers from #TeamWallasey have increased our patrols in these areas and are conducting various enquiries to identify offenders and will act upon information provided to us.”
If you have information on vehicle crime in your area, you can report this anonymously to @CrimeStoppersUK. #TeamWallasey will act on the information provided to us to make our community safer.
Joint action against ASB in Woodchurch
This week, local Officers from #TeamWallasey met with Magenta Living and Wirral Councils’ ASB team in relation to ASB issues in and around Hoole Road and The Meadow in Woodchurch.
A police spokesperson said, “We are working together to secure evictions in relation to problem tenants in the area, ASB sanctions and also prosecutions of those involved as part of a joint problem solving approach. Information from the community is vital to this work and we are aware that the community are often reluctant to come forward through fear of reprisals.”
If you have information on crime in the area, you can report this completely anonymously to @CrimeStoppersUK. You won’t be asked for your name or address and the information you provide will be passed to #TeamWallasey who will take action on those involved in crime and ASB.
Widespread flash floods bring chaos across Wirral
Flash floods have caused widespread disruption across Wirral, with traffic suffering major delays as torrential rain flooded many of the borough’s roads.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning which came into force at 10am on Thursday 9 September. The Met Office forcast thunderstorms would hit Wirral at around 4pm and carry on throughout the evening.
Train services were disrupted on the Wirral Line according to a statement from Merseyrail and bus replacement services were requested. Services on the New Brighton line were suspended. Services on the West Kirby line will started and terminated at Bidston.
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