This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Region unites to say Merseyside is No Place for Hate
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is uniting with partners to reinforce the message that Merseyside is No Place for Hate this week to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Emily Spurrell took part in a partnership week of action between Saturday 9 and 16 October, with events in every area of Merseyside to urge people affected by hate and prejudice to report it and seek help.
The campaign saw the Commissioner working proactively with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, the region’s five local authorities and representatives from her specialist support services to increase understanding of the impact of the crime and encourage victims to speak out.
Bromborough man arrested following Liverpool hit-and-run incident
Merseyside Police has arrested a man following a collision in Everton on the morning of Sunday 10 October.
At around 1.05am patrols on Breck Road saw a grey Honda travelling at a high speed and initiated a pursuit of the vehicle. During the pursuit, the Honda collided with a female pedestrian at the junction of Sleepers Hill and Walton Breck Road.
The vehicle then made off from the scene.
Two years in jail for man who burgled Birkenhead home
Detectives from Operation Castle, Merseyside Police’s dedicated burglary team, have welcomed the sentencing of a 23-year-old Liverpool man following a burglary in Birkenhead earlier this year.
John Toohey of Oil Street, Liverpool, was jailed for two years for burglary at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 8 October, following a guilty plea.
On Wednesday 24 February police received a report of a burglary at an address on Hoylake Road, Birkenhead. Cash and approximately £4,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from the address.
Fire service cut woman from car at Bromborough following RTC
Emergency services were called to New Chester Road, Bromborough, on Monday 11 October following a road traffic collision between A Ford Fiesta and a Skoda Octavia.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) Crews were alerted at 12.03pm and on scene at 12.07pm. Two fire engines attended.
On arrival, MFRS crews found two vehicles had been involved in a collision. Both were on all four wheels.
Man charged in relation to 2014 burglary
Merseyside Police has charged a 27-year-old man with burglary with violence and assault in relation to an incident that took place in Wirral in 2014.
Shaqueme Rock, originally from Liverpool, but most recently living in Dublin, was arrested in Belfast by officers from Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on Saturday, 9 October and was returned to Liverpool where he was charged.
He appeared at Wirral adult remand court today, Tuesday 12 October, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 9 November 2021.
Next of kin appeal: David Leadbetter
Merseyside Police has asked the local community to please share and help Wirral and Liverpool Coroner’s Office find the next of kin for a Wirral man who recently passed away.
David Leadbetter sadly died in hospital on Saturday 2 October, aged 86.
Mr Leadbetter lived on Bessborough Road, Prenton.
Wirral man found guilty of murder of Helen Joy at Leasowe in February
Merseyside Police has welcomed the conviction of a man for the murder of his partner in Wirral.
At around 10.40am on Monday 1 February this year emergency services were called to an address in Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, where they found the body of 54-year-old Helen Joy.
She was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem revealed she died of multiple injuries with terminal hypothermia.
Wanted: Remus-Catalin Mocanu
Recognise this man? 43-year-old Remus-Catalin Mocanu is wanted on a recall to prison after breaching the terms of his release.
He is 6ft 2in tall, of proportionate build, with short brown hair.
Mocanu has links to Liverpool, Wirral and St Helens.
Family of Helen Joy issue statement following guilty verdict
Helen Joy’s children have issued the following statements following the death of their mum and the conviction of her partner Kevin Ashton for her murder.
Helen’s youngest daughter, Caisey Hyland, 21, said, “Life before Kevin Ashton was perfect, perfect as in my mum was a mum, she was the type of mum who would be there for you, joke around with you, watch you play Xbox when she had nothing else to do in her spare time, my meaning by this, she always loved to be in the company of her children.
“My mum wasn’t a perfect mum but she was the type of mum that would make every effort to make you happy whenever you needed to cheer up. She would make every effort to buy what ever you wanted for Christmas and birthdays because she was the mum that would make ends meet to make you happy.”
Merseyside Police statement on footage of enforcement officer in New Brighton
Merseyside Police have made a statement regarding footage online showing a Safer Roads Unit enforcement officer having an altercation with a member of the public on Kings Parade, New Brighton.
The incident took place yesterday (Thursday 14 October) after a Safer Roads vehicle was deployed to the location as part of road safety measures at key speeding locations.
The following was included in the statement: “We demand the highest possible standards of behaviour from our officers and staff at all times, and the public quite rightly have high expectations of everyone employed at Merseyside Police.”
‘Concern for safety’ incident at Egremont Parade
Merseyside Police has said that emergency services were in attendance at Egremont following a concern for the safety of a man on Friday 15 October.
Both Police and RNLI were alerted to concerns for the safety of a man who was on a groyne off Egremont Parade.
Officers and the lifeguard attended at around 12.10pm after a man was seen close to the water on the groyne at the bottom of Tobin Street near to The Ferry public house.
Wirral MPs express sadness following murder of Essex MP
Wirral MPs have expressed their sadness following the murder of Conservative MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess. Sir David died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Essex Police said that a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack and that they had recovered a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
MP for Birkenhead, Mick Whitley said, “I am absolutely devastated to learn of Sir David Amess’ death. My thoughts at this terrible time are with his family, many friends, and his staff.”
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