This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Patrols in response to residents’ concerns about ASB at Beechwood
On Saturday 6 February, Wirral Police reoported they had been patrolling the Beechwood estate in response residents’ concerns about anti social behaviour.
In a statement, Merseyside Police said, “A reminder to Beechwood residents that if you know who who is responsible for anti social behaviour or Crime on the estate we will follow up reports provided to us. We work with local housing providers and social services in response to anti social residents.”
Hate Crime Awareness campaign
On Saturday 6 February, at Asda, Grange Road, Birkenhead, Wirral Police continues with their Hate Crime Awareness campaign.
Officers were present until 4pm to promote the campaign and also to give the members of the public a chance to talk about any concerns in their communities.
Have Your Say in Wallasey
Wirral Police have asked residents for their opinions on policing in the area.
In a statement, Wirral Police said, “Have you had your say about the crime that we tackle in Wallasey? Now is your chance! We will still continue to tackle all crime in Wallasey but we want to hear from you about what you want to see your local policing team tackling. Polls close on February 28th. Click the link to have your say. It only takes a few seconds to complete. Keep following this account to see how we tackle the winning option.https://crowd.in/1zETsO“
National Apprenticeship Week
Merseyside Police were this week we’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and shining a light on our Force’s apprentices and the opportunities that apprenticeships bring to all police officers and staff in Merseyside Police.
Driving while using mobile phones
On Monday 8 February, officers from Bebington Police Station patrolled the roads around Wirral, in response to an increase in offences of people driving while using mobile phones.
In 2019, 18 deaths and 135 serious injuries were reported in accidents in the UK were the driver was distracted by using a mobile phone.
Drugs and £10k in cash seized following community tip-off
On Monday 8 February, Wirral Police reported that Wirral Targeted Officers executed two warrants in Birkenhead North related to Drug Supply.
Two people were arrested for Drug Supply and over £10k Cash was seized.
A statement said, “These warrants were intelligence lead and it is vitally important that the community feeds intelligence into us. Call Crimestoppers, 101 or report it online.”
Bonnie Hughes, 33, is terminally ill with a brain tumour. She had her purse stolen while she was on a shopping trip in the Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead on 17 March 2020.
Two men had asked her the time as she left the CeX shop and as she tried to answer them, they stole her purse from her pocket. It was later found abandoned nearby.
Dog owners warned of poison food scattered in public areas
Wirral Police said, “Those of you who own dogs, please be mindful when taking them out for exercise. We have received reports of someone potentially spreading poisoned dog food in Storeton Woods and Royden Park.
“If you notice anything or anyone acting suspicious then please do not hesitate to contact us. Anyone who is found to do be doing this will be prosecuted.”
Next of Kin appeal: Peter Thompson of Church Road, Tranmere
On Wednesday 10 February, Wirral Coroner’s Office appealed to find the next of kin for a Tranmere man who recently passed away.
Peter Thompson sadly died at his flat in Church Road on Monday 8 February, aged 71. There are no suspicious circumstances.
If anyone has any information, please call Coroner’s Investigation Officer Lisa McElvogue on 0151 233 0128 or email [email protected].
Drugs and cash seized at Thingwall
On Thursday 11 February, Targeted Police executed a drugs warrant in Thingwall, recovering a large amount of cash and numerous bags of white powder. One suspect arrested at scene.
On Thursday 11 February, Merseyside Police issued an appeal for information following a stabbing around 7:30pm the previous day, in New Ferry.
A 21-year-old man was found with a single stab wound to the neck following an altercation which is believed to have happened at a property in the area of Beaconsfield Road. The man was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
Wirral Police made an arrest in the early hours of this morning of Thursday 11 February, when officers in plain clothes spotted a suspected drugs transaction taking place on Conway Street, Birkenhead.
They attended the flat where three people were detained. A 49-year-old woman was found in possession of cocaine on her person and following a search of the property, officers also recovered a knife and 80 more wraps of white and brown substances in a black bag.
At around 5.50pm on Thursday 11 February, Merseyside Police officers sighted a man in suspicious circumstances on St Oswalds Avenue, Beechwood.
He attempted to make off on an electric bike but was detained nearby. A bag containing around £19,000 was recovered and seized.
Police warn of abusive door-to-door sales in Oxton
On Friday 12 February, Wirral Police advised residents – particularly those in the Oxton area – to be extra vigilant after officers received reports of people cold calling at addresses in the area trying to sell goods and then becoming abusive when the occupier is refusing to make a purchase.
If you receive a cold call similar to this please don’t hesitate to contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Anti-Social Behaviour at Eastham Skate Park
Merseyside Police has noticed a number of high powered electric off-road bikes being used around Eastham Skate Park, it was reported on Friday 12 February.
A strong smell of Cannabis was also noted. These individuals are causing a high risk to the community and park users. Please report any sightings using 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Police will be increasing their patrols in the area and targeting these individuals.
Drink driver found slumped in van at Bebington
On the morning of Friday 12 February, Wirral Police responded to a report of a drunk driver in Bebington.
The driver was found slumped in his van, failed the roadside test and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
Vehicle seized in Moreton, occupants flee and drugs recovered
On Friday 12 February, Wirral Police reported that a vehicle was seized in Moreton was suspected to be involved in crime.
The driver and other occupants ran from the vehicle on seeing police. Drugs were recovered from the vehicle and the driver will be dealt with.
Merseyside Police said, “If you see anyone acting suspiciously and you are concerned about drug misuse or drug dealing, please tell us by reporting online via the Merseyside Police Web page, via Facebook or ring 101.”
Merseyside Road Safety Partnership
Along with Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, Merseyside Police is working on road safety. Officers responded to concerns of speeding outside St Joseph’s Primary School. Three cars were driving over the speed limit.
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