Wirral Police news round-up for week-ending 16 January 2021

This is the first of a new weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous week.

£300k drugs money found in car

On Saturday, 9 January, 2021, Merseyside Police reported that Targeted Officers stopped a vehicle with links to Wirral Drug dealing and Burglaries the other night with £300k hidden in the boot. The driver and occupant are now on bail pending further enquiries.

Merseyside Police issue appeal to find missing Wirral woman, Carol Mighall

Merseyside Police is appealing for help in finding a 51-year-old Wirral woman who is missing from home.

Carol Mighall was last seen in Rodney Street, Birkenhead, at 4.40pm on Monday 4 January.

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No car insurance = no car

Bebington officers deployed to Birkenhead Town Centre on the evening of Saturday, 9 January, seized a Nissan Almera after the driver was found to have no insurance. The driver will be reported for the offence.

Strong smell of Cannabis

On the evening of Sunday, 10 January, officers from Bebington Police Station located a vehicle on Plymyard Avenue, Eastham. Three males were detained and searched due to the strong smell of Cannabis. One male attempted to run away from Police and assaulted one Officer in the process. He was detained and found in possession of Cannabis. The male is now in custody.

Long list of motoring offences

This vehicle was sighted in Rock Ferry – the driver was not using his headlights in the early hours of the morning.

Checks showed he was a provisional licence holder, wasn’t displaying L plates, didn’t have a supervisor with him, wasn’t on the insurance and had just come off a driving ban! On top of that, when breathalysed, he blew 77! The legal drink drive limit being 35. Further checks revealed that the owner had allowed him to use the vehicle and they are also being summoned to court for allowing use of the motor vehicle without insurance.

Possession of a bladed article

A 41-year-old woman was arrested and charged with possession of a bladed article & affray following an incident outside McColls Convenience Store, Highfield Road in Birkenhead on the afternoon of Monday 11 January.

Officers attended a property on Highfield Road where they located and arrested the woman. The knife was seized and the woman was taken to custody.

Class A drugs recovered

On Tuesday 12 January, Merseyside Police reported that after receiving information from concerned members of the public, local officers disrupted what was believed to be a drug deal at an address on Cleveland Street, Birkenhead. A number of Class A drugs were recovered from the property.

Man arrested following serious assault on New Brighton prom

Merseyside Police arrested a male after reports of a serious assault on New Brighton Promenade on the morning of Tuesday 12 January.

At around 7.25am a report was received of a man in his 50s who had been found with a head injury near to the Black Pearl. Officers attended along with the ambulance service and the victim was taken to hospital.

It was reported he had been struck with a piece of wood by two males.

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Suspicious charity collections

56-year-old John Forsyth of Old Chester Road was charged today on Tuesday 12 January with three counts of fraud by false representation and one count of possessing an article for use in fraud.

The charges relate to three allegations between October and December last year, in which occupants of homes on the Kings Hill Estate, Bromborough reported suspicious charity collections.

Forsyth has been released on conditional bail to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court on Monday 22 February.

Snap bags of cannabis found hidden inside jacket

In the early hours of Tuesday 12 January, Merseyside Police Response officers tackled areas that have been reported for drug dealing. A male was spotted in the Allport Road area of Bromborough, dressed in black, on a pedal cycle.

When officers attempted to approach him he made off. After a short foot chase, he was identified as a 16-year-old male. He was stopped, detained and searched under the misuse of drugs act as he smelled extremely strongly of cannabis. This bag, containing a number of snap bags of cannabis was found hidden inside his jacket. He was arrested and taken to the police station for possession of Cannabis with intent to supply.

Two electric scooters seized

On the evening of Tuesday 12 January, officers seized two electric scooters, as the riders had no insurance and no licence. One rider decided to make off from police, however, he will still be reported for the offences and a court summons will be on the way.

Wirral Police said, “These vehicles are becoming popular choices to be used in criminality. We will continue to target and disrupt.”

Increase in burglaries and theft from motor vehicles

Local Officers from TeamBeb were in and around the Oxton area on Wednesday 13 January, following an increase in reports of burglaries and theft from motor vehicles.

Merseyside Police said, “Please remember to keep all vehicles secure and safe and not to leave any valuables on show.”

Education on the risks of county lines, knife crime and exploitation

Wirral Safer Schools officers have attended Impact North West alternative education site on Wednesday, 13 January, and educated young people about the risks of county lines, knife crime and exploitation.

Wirral Police said, “The young people were very engaging and it promoted lots of discussion on the subjects.”

Five arrested

Operation Target: On Wednesday, 13 January, Merseyside Police reported that five men were arrested overnight following proactive Operation Target deployments.

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Wirral Police invite youngsters to the Wallasey Youth Hub Junior Club

Wirral Councils Youth and Play Service are running a pre-transition virtual online activity club for children in years 4, 5, and 6.

Activities will include games, arts and crafts facilitation of new friendships and socialisation, and the chance to discuss any worries the children may be having.

The online sessions will run on a Friday from 6.30 till 8pm virtually via Microsoft Teams. They will also be able to deliver activity packs to use during the sessions.

For more information and to book a place please e-mail : amywood@wirral.gov.uk

Next of kin appeal: Thomas William Taylor

Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office is appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a man who recently died in Wirral.

Thomas William Taylor, aged 62, of Parkside Street, Birkenhead, sadly died in hospital on Sunday, 10 January.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone with information which could help trace his next of kin is asked to contact Coroner’s Officer Simon Knuckey on 0151 233 0134 or simon.knuckey@liverpool.gov.uk

Cannabis farm shut down

On Friday, 15 January, it was reported by Wirral Police that during routine patrol, the local policing team uncovered a large cannabis farm at an address on Cleveland Street, Birkenhead.

One male tried to make off from the rear garden of the property but was quickly detained and arrested by officers.

The male was arrested for various offences including cultivation of Cannabis.

All images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.