This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Police on coastal patrol: Bus stop vandalised and moped seized
Last weekend was busy on the Wirral coastline, with people taking advantage of the glorious weather. Wirral Police had extra officers on patrol each day over the weekend to deal with any additional demand.
A police spokesperson said, “Fortunately most people were well behaved. It was great to see families and friends out enjoying themselves. We continued to patrol our open spaces across the borough, paying particular attention to New Brighton and West Kirby where we have the Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) in place.
“Remember, one of the conditions of both our PSPO’s, is that alcohol is not to be consumed within the specified areas. If you need further information on this, please visit the Council website. We always look to engage with young people and so it was disappointing that a group of youths in West Kirby, caused significant damage to the bus stop at the Concourse, smashing the glass with a traffic cone. Further enquiries are being made to identify them.”
A scooter was seized at Cubbins Green, the young rider not having valid insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his driving licence.
Drugs, cash, and weapons seized in Tranmere
On Tuesday 15 June, Targeted Team officers executed a number of simultaneous warrants within the Tranmere area under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Large quantities of drugs and drug paraphernalia, cash and weapons were recovered.
Operation Brookdale: Seized scramblers and e-scooters crushed
Merseyside Police has kicked off this summer’s Operation Brookdale scrambler bike campaign today, by crushing some of the bikes and eScooters seized by the force so far this year.
The campaign, which was originally introduced in 2012 as a response to a rise in reports of the illegal use of scrambler and off-road bikes, specifically over the summer period, is now run all year round. It also extends to eScooters, which are an emerging trend across the country but remain illegal for use on public roads (apart from those being trialled by certain councils).
The force works alongside partners from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS), National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, local authorities, housing associations, schools and youth groups, to target the anti-social and nuisance use of off-road bikes.
Man taken to hospital by air ambulance following incident on M53
Emergency services were in attendance on the M53 on Tuesday 15 June. At around 12.40pm police received a report that a man had fallen from a bridge at Junction 2. He was taken to hospital for his injuries by air ambulance.
The Upton-by-pass and M53 Southbound were closed between junctions 2 and 3 while emergency services dealt with the incident. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.
Operation Parksafe patrols continue
Operation Parksafe is still ongoing and police continue to patrol and engage with the public at our park locations.
A police spokesperson said, “We ask that if anyone has any information about crime or anti-social behaviour taking place in our parks and open spaces that they report it.
“The use of off-road motorbikes, drug use/dealing along with any other issues are problems that we will not tolerate and we will target the offenders. Please report any information or concerns via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”
Police Commissioner launches survey seeking views of women and girls about personal safety
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today launched a survey to find out about how we can make the streets of Merseyside feel safer for women and girls.
The public consultation has been announced by Emily Spurrell to better understand the concerns of women across the region. In our parks, on public transport, walking home from a night out in the city centre – the survey aims to gain a greater understanding of how safe women and girls feel when going about their daily lives across Merseyside, day and at night.
It asks if they have experienced sexual harassment and abuse, what makes them feel unsafe and what can be done to make them feel safer.
Quad bike and car seized in New Ferry
Local Officers responded to reports of a number of youths riding on an off-road quad bike in an antisocial manner in the New Ferry area on Tuesday 15 June.
Officers attended the location and seized the vehicle. Whilst dealing with this, residents raised their concerns about a vehicle causing an obstruction. This vehicle has also been dealt with and was also seized by officers.
Crack down on speeding drivers in Seacombe
Following complaints from residents of speeding along Church Street, Seacombe, Hub 1 officers conducted speed checks in the local area on Tuesday 15 June. Several motorists were advised about their speed in residential areas.
Operation Castle: Beat the Burglar
Following an increase in attempted burglary crimes recently, police would like to remind everyone to ensure to lock your windows and doors.
A police spokesperson said, “Most break-ins can be avoided by thinking about the security of your home and building security as part of your daily routine.
“Many of the burglaries reported have been via insecure windows and doors. During the warm weather, we understand people are more likely to leave their doors and windows open to ventilate their properties however, please do not be complacent and remember to secure your property. If you see anybody acting suspiciously around your area then please do not hesitate to contact us!”
Balaclava thugs smash windows with hammer and bricks
Merseyside Police is investigating following reports of criminal damage caused to the windows of a house in Leasowe.
Police were contacted at 8.50pm on Sunday 13 June, following reports that two males in a silver Vauxhall Zafira had stopped outside a house on Wakefield Drive.
Both males wearing balaclavas got out of the car. One is reported to have thrown a brick through a window and the second is reported to have used a hammer to smash a window.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars: “Not long” is too long
Wirral Police issued the following advice regarding dogs during hot weather.
“Enjoy the return of the warm weather but please remember ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’.
“Also remember the ‘ Five Second Rule ‘ before walking your dog. Place the back of your hand on the pavement, if you can’t hold it there for five seconds it’s too hot to go for a walk!”
To view further advice from the RSPCA click: https://crowd.in/NvJpcf
Appeal following attempted abduction of 10-year-old boy
Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a report of suspicious behaviour in New Brighton on Sunday 13 June.
At around 5.35pm, it was reported that a man approached a 10-year-old boy as he walked along Seabank Road near to the post office. He is said to have told the boy that ‘Messi’ was inside his white van which was parked up on the road, and asked the boy if he wanted to get inside the van.
The boy refused and ran home after the incident. The man did not make any physical contact with the boy, who was unharmed.
Woman found guilty of murdering husband in Neston
A woman who poured boiling water over her husband while he slept has been convicted of his murder.
Corinna Smith, of Highfield Road in Neston, mixed the liquid with three bags of sugar leaving Michael Baines with 36 per cent burns to his body.
The 80-year-old was taken to Whiston Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday 14 July 2020 in a serious condition. He received treatment for his injuries but, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died a month later – on Tuesday 18 August.
Wirral man charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis, cocaine and ketamine
Merseyside Police has charged a Wirral man with Class A and B drug offences.
George Marsh, of Park Road North, Birkenhead, was arrested on Thursday 17 June on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis, and ketamine.
Police support Mencap awareness day
On Friday 18 June, local officers worked alongside the NHS and other partner agencies at Hamilton Square, Birkenhead as part of Mencap awareness day to help raise awareness for those with disabilities.
Cannabis farm bust in Leasowe
Responding to residents’ complaints of drug dealing and antisocial use of motorbikes on the Leasowe Estate, officers from Wallasey Local Policing Team executed a Misuse of Drugs Act Warrant at an address on the estate. A cannabis farm was discovered. A 125 scooter was seized from a person attending the address, they had no licence or insurance for use of the vehicle.
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