This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
UXB found in skip at West Kirby Recycling Centre
Merseyside Police has confirmed that an unexploded ordnance device found in West Kirby has been safely detonated on Saturday 11 September.
Emergency services were called to the Veolia West Kirby Recycling Centre at about 3.20pm after the device was found in a skip.
Customers and staff at the centre were moved off-site and a cordon was established as a precaution. No residential properties were affected.
Persistent offender sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment
On 12 September, Merseyside Police reported that a man had been arrested in Wirral for driving whilst disqualified.
The man was a known persistent offender for driving whilst not having a driving licence.
It was further reported on 14 September that the man had appeared in court and was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment.
Man arrested following car theft in Birkenhead
Merseyside Police has arrested a man and recovered a vehicle following a car theft in Birkenhead last week.
At around 11.45pm on Monday 6 September, police received a report that a blue Seat Leon parked outside and address on Townsend Street had been stolen.
It was reported that two unknown males approached the property on foot from the direction of Stanley Road.
Cricket club in Wallasey suffers arson attack
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following criminal damage at a cricket club in Wallasey on Saturday 11 September.
At around 8.35pm, officers were informed of the sightscreen at Parkfield Liscard Cricket Club in Central Park being set alight by a group of youths, who made off from members at the club. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) attended and extinguished the fire.
The area was searched negative for the offenders. Patrols remained in the area in the evening and enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.
Criminal damage to buildings on Hilbre Island
Merseyside Police officers attended Hilbre Island on 14 September to check the premises.
Police attended following reports from members of the public of criminal damage to the buildings.
A police spokesperson said, “We will continue to work with the Wirral Rangers and Hilbre Island volunteers to prevent further crime.”
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.”
Explosion at industrial estate in Birkenhead
Merseyside Police officers were in attendance at Birkenhead, on the morning of Wednesday 15 September following an explosion.
At around 4.45am police received a report of an explosion at premises on Argyle Industrial Estate, Appin Road. Emergency services attended and found some damage to the building but no injuries have been reported.
CADENT were in attendance at the scene and have turned the gas supply off to make the area safe. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.
‘Loveliest lad’ attacked by three males in Rock Ferry
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a report of an assault in Rock Ferry on Saturday, 11 September.
At around 7am police received a report that a male was injured on Old Chester Road, between the junction with Green Lawn and Byrne Avenue.
It was reported that the male had been assaulted by a group of three males who made off in an unknown direction.
Stolen motorbike revovered in Ashton Park, West Kirby
A member of the public reported a motorbike in Ashton Park, which they suspected was stolen.
Constable Mills of Team Wallasey located the owner who confirmed it had been stolen from his address in West Kirby. The motorbike has been removed to a safe secure place.
A police spokesperson said, “The owner is really grateful!”
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Man dies following ‘concern for safety’ incident in Wallasey
At around 11.55am on Monday 13 September, Merseyside Police received a report of a concern for safety of a man at flats on Mount Pleasant Road, Wallasey.
It was reported that the man was threatening to harm himself.
Police negotiators attended the scene and located a man in his 40s with serious injuries.
Cats and kittens rescued in three incidents in Wirral
The RSPCA has launched an investigation after five adult cats and six kittens have been rescued following three incidents in the past few weeks which are believed to be linked.
Last week two female cats were found dumped in a cat carrier outside Broadway Veterinary Surgery in Kings Lane, Bebington, on Monday 6 September.
Both were flea-ridden and urine-stained on their legs suggesting they had been kept in poor conditions and were found in a brand new cat carrier with the stickers still on.
Man arrested and laser pen seized following helicopter incident in Wirral
Merseyside Police has arrested a man on suspicion of endangering an aircraft following an incident in Wirral during the early hours of Thursday 16 September.
At around 1.30am, the National Air Support Service (NPAS) helicopter was in the Beechwood area when they reported a laser pen being pointed at the aircraft. Evasive action was required and enquiries led to a location in Beechwood being identified. A man was detained and a further search of the premises located a suspected laser pen.
A 33-year-old man from Beechwood was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft/dazzle or distract a pilot and taken to a police station for questioning.
Drugs warrant executed in Egremont
Local Officers from Team Wallasey executed a misuse of drugs act search warrant on the afternoon of 16 September in Poole Road, Egremont.
The warrant was executed following community concerns in relation to drug dealing at a property there.
A police spokesperson said, “If you have information on drug dealing and crime in your area, you can report this completely anonymously to @CrimeStoppersUK either by phone on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
“The information you provide is handled with the strictest confidence, and you won’t be asked for your name or address. The information you do provide will be passed to Team Wallasey who will act on the information which is vital for us to obtain search warrants and target offenders. Please help us to make our community safer.”
80-year-old woman confronted by three men during nighttime burglary in Upton
Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses following a confrontational burglary at the home of a Wirral pensioner.
At around 9pm on Wednesday 15 September, the woman, who is in her 80s, was awoken by three men in the bedroom of her house in the Arrowe Park Road area of Upton.
The men made threats to the woman before making an untidy search of the house.
“Do you know what your child is up to?”
Merseyside Police has received reports of many young people travelling from other areas in Wirral to the New Ferry area and acting antisocially.
A police spokesperson said, “Do you know what your child is up to? Some young people have been lighting fires in this area and Mayer Park in Bebington.
“This weekend we are stepping up our patrols in this area. Young people who are found to be acting in an anti-social manner will be returned home to their parents. If criminal offences are disclosed your child could be arrested.
“Over the next few weeks, we will be working with our partners in the Wirral Council anti-social behaviour team and Youth Offending service to address persistent offending. Youth outreach workers are in the area. Help us to keep your community safe, young people free from harm and exploitation on the Wirral.”
A volunteering opportunity like no other – become an Independent Custody Visitor
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is looking for compassionate, community-spirited people to volunteer for her Independent Custody Visiting scheme.
Emily Spurrell is looking to recruit more volunteers to make a contribution to policing by joining this important scheme which sees members of the public check on the welfare and wellbeing of people detained in custody.
Independent Custody Visitors or ICVs have an independent role, checking that people held in police cells and who are not yet convicted of any offence, are being properly treated.
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