This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
This week Merseyside Police’s Community Engagement Unit has teamed up with local charitable organisation and youth club, Mind, Body and Soul, to offer nine young people the chance to take part in a week-long work experience scheme at Merseyside Police.
The participants, aged 15 to 18, have spent the week visiting specialist departments and units from across the force, to find out more about the work of Merseyside Police and what it’s like to be a police officer. To hopefully inspire them to choose a future policing career and join the force’s next generation of PCs.
Across the week, the students spent time with specialist officers from Traffic, Firearms, Matrix, Custody and the Merseyside Police Mounted and Dog units.
Merseyside Police has asked people to share and help them find missing Wirral man Alex Boston.
Police have now issued new CCTV images from Moreton and Liverpool Lime Street stations, from Thursday 5 August.
43-year-old Alex was last seen at Cherry Tree Shopping Centre in Wallasey, boarding the 432 bus at around 10.30pm on Wednesday 28 July, but may have travelled to the Liverpool area.
Lancashire Police are looking for a man with connections to Wirral. Police want to speak to 39-year-old John Pennington in connection with harassment, stalking and criminal damage offences.
Lancashire Police made the appeal and asked anyone who had sighted the man to get in touch.
Pennington, who has links to Preston, Penwortham, the Knotty Ash area of Liverpool, Birkenhead and Bolton, is between 5ft 11 and 6ft tall, of a stocky build, with short dark blonde hair and blue eyes.
Keyless car warning
More than £600,000 of funding has been secured by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner for three projects which will work with the perpetrators of domestic abuse to tackle their behaviour and protect families at risk.
Emily Spurrell has been awarded the funding from the Home Office’s Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Fund after submitting bids with partners from Knowsley, Liverpool and Wirral for initiatives running until next March.
£217,000 of the funding will go to the charity Merseyside Domestic Violence Service (MDVS) to enable them to continue to run a programme that aims to challenge the behaviour of men who have been identified as potential perpetrators. The charity received a similar pot of funding in 2020 and used it to work with charity Change Grow Live to simultaneously tackle domestic abuse and substance misuse among 117 high-risk, serial offenders across Liverpool and St Helens
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.”
Merseyside Police has on Wednesday 11 August, recovered a cannabis farm in Rock Ferry.
At around 6.45pm officers executed a warrant at an address on Gothic Street. A cannabis farm consisting of 150 plants across five rooms was recovered.
The premises was made safe by our the Cannabis Dismantling Team. Enquiries are ongoing to locate those responsible.
Detectives are investigating the unexplained death of a man after a body was discovered in Saughall Massie on Thursday 12 August.
Officers were called to a report that the man’s body had been found on land close to Saughall Massie Road and Brookside Crescent just after 11.20am.
Paramedics sadly pronounced the man deceased at the scene, and efforts are ongoing to formally identify the man and inform next of kin.
Merseyside Police has issued the following statement:
“We can confirm that emergency services are in Clatterbridge dealing with an incident this afternoon, Thursday 12 August.
“At around 12.25pm, we were called to Junction 4 of the M53 to reports of a concern for the safety of a woman.
£2.5 million lost to criminals through fake pet adverts.
Wirral Police and Action Fraud have reminded animal lovers to take extra care when buying a pet online, as new figures show more than £2.5 million has been lost to criminals through fake pet adverts.
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