This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Reports of Bonfire Night anti-social behaviour and criminal damage down by more than 50%
Merseyside Police has said that the total number of reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage received by police on Friday 5 November decreased by more than 50% compared to the same period last year.
Reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage decreased by 51.6% (215 in 2021; 444 in 2020).
A total of 905 incidents were reported during the policing operation between 2pm and 11pm, compared with 1,049 in 2020.
Man charged following knife incident in Birkenhead
A man has been charged following reports a man was carrying a knife on Derby Road in Birkenhead on Saturday 6 November.
Officers were called to Derby Road, near its junction with Whitfield Street, at around 3.25pm on Saturday 6 November.
A man was detained at the scene and a six-inch knife was located discarded on a side street, and recovered by officers attending the scene.
Next of kin appeal: Paul Smith
Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office are looking to find the next of kin for a Wallasey man who recently passed away.
Paul Smith sadly passed away at his home on Malpas Road on Thursday 28 October, aged 47.
There are no suspicious circumstances.
Witness appeal following fatal collision near Ellesmere Port
Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage following a fatal collision near Ellesmere Port.
At 2.53pm on Friday 5 November police were called to reports of a collision on the A5117 near to the wastewater treatment site.
On arrival officers found that there had been a collision between a red Vauxhall Corsa and a red Citroen C3 which had left the scene.
Merseyside Police step up crime prevention activity ahead of the festive period
Crime prevention equipment is being distributed by officers to businesses and homes in crime hotspots across Merseyside to help crackdown on burglaries, robberies and thefts.
This preventative policing approach ahead of the festive period will see officers in Community Policing teams advising residents and business owners about the steps they can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
Superintendent Martin Earl said, “Historically, we have seen a rise in acquisitive crime at this time of the year, so we have been helping residents and businesses to keep themselves safe and keep their property and premises secure.”
Large cannabis farm discovered in Ellesmere Port town centre
A large quantity of cannabis plants has been discovered at a former business premises in Ellesmere Port town centre.
At around 2pm on Wednesday 10 November firefighters from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a water leak at a business premises on Rivington Road.
On entering the building, they found a large cannabis farm. Police are in attendance at the scene and recovery work is underway.
Police dismantle cannabis farm, seize cash and Class A drugs
Merseyside Police has made several separate arrests, dismantled a cannabis farm and seized cash, high-value watches, clothing and Class A drugs across Wirral this week.
At around 8.30am yesterday (Wednesday 10 November) a man and a woman 25 and 26 from Birkenhead were arrested when police found a cannabis farm on Wycliffe Street, Rock Ferry with 200 plants inside.
They were taken to a police station in Merseyside for questioning by detectives and remanded in custody.
Man jailed in Leasowe murder case
Kevin Ashton has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 19 years in jail for murdering his partner in February.
Helen Joy’s family issued the following statement after the sentencing: “We are glad that we have got justice for our mum and he got what he deserved. We have finally got some closure but it will not bring our mum back. We just wish she was here today.”
Head of the Homicide Support Unit Dave Brunskill said, “Helen suffered brutal and sustained assaults at the hands of Kevin Ashton in the lead up to her death and I know her family have been left devastated not only by the loss of Helen but the manner in which she died.
Police and Crime Commissioners show their commitment to stamping out anti-social behaviour
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is joining her colleagues from up and down the country to show their commitment to stamping out anti-social behaviour (ASB) through a new national report.
‘ASB in Focus’ published by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), showcases some of the initiatives and projects that PCCs have been leading on to prevent ASB, work in partnership to tackle it and ensure victims get the right help.
The report details how PCCs are working with Government, local authorities and wider partners to improve how communities can report anti-social behaviour when it occurs and to ensure that action is taken.
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