This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Have Your Say in Birkenhead, Heswall, Bebington & Heswall
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Opportunist theft from vehicles
On Monday 15 February, Wirral Police said that opportunist thieves are out and about in Wirral.
The theives are looking for vehicles left insecure or with valuables left clearly on display.
Most recent reports have been in the Pensby area, residents with CCTV (including doorbell style) are asked to check their CCTV and report any suspicious activity.
Remember: Remove it, click it, check it, keep it.
Wirral Police share ‘Friends Against Scams’ video
Friends Against Scams (FAS) is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.
FAS is designed to inspire action, highlight the scale of the problem, change the perceptions of why people fall for scams and make scams a community, regional and national topic.
This a short video version of the FAS scams awareness session, by the time you finish the video you will be a Friend Against Scams!
Warning over mobile phone use while driving
As part of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) mobile phone campaign ( running 8th – 21st Feb), officers from the Local Policing Team at Wallasey have again been carrying out enforcement in the Wirral Hub.
One area targeting motorists who continue to use their mobile phone at the wheel. No call, text, or social media comment is worth losing your life for, or risking the lives of fellow passengers, passing pedestrians or other road users.
Bidston man in drugs arrest and cash seized
Merseyside Police arrested a man and seized a quantity of cash following a warrant in Wirral on Tuesday, 16 February.
At around 7am, officers attended an address in School Lane, Bidston and arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs. He has been taken into custody for questioning.
Following a search of the Birkenhead address, officers recovered a quantity of cash and cash counting machine.
The arrest is part of national Operation Venetic.
Brackenwood baby boy
On Tuesday 16 February, Merseyside Police continued its appeal for the public’s help following the sad discovery of the body of a baby boy on Brackenwood golf course in Bebington.
Detectives have been carrying out extensive enquiries in conjunction with the local authority and health and social care colleagues and other police forces as well as making further enquiries into the recent birth of baby boys in Wirral which will be extended to the wider Merseyside area and neighbouring forces.
Following an extensive search of the golf course officers found a toy baby doll that had some grey tape wrapped around it alongside a plastic protein shake/water bottle with a red top in the wooded area around the course.It is not clear at this stage if the discovery is in anyway connected but we would ask for anyone with information to come forward so the discovery can be eliminated from enquiries.
Merseyside Police in Wirral has arrested four men and seized drugs and other items following an incident in Prenton on Wednesday 17 February.
At around 5.30pm, officers carrying out enquiries in Prenton attended an address on Woodchurch Lane. Two men were seen to make off from a top floor flat window and were chased on foot and detained and two men were found inside the address.
The men are:
- A 22-year-old man from Seacombe
- A 20-year-old man from Claughton
- A 26-year-old man from Birkenhead
- A 22-year-old man from Birkenhead
Section 60 order in Tranmere and Rock Ferry
On Tuesday 16 February, Wirral Police introduced a Section 60 order in Tranmere and Rock Ferry following incidents of assault and criminal damage on Monday 15 February.
The Section 60 began at 6pm and remained in place until 4am on Wednesday 17 February.The Order, under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, gives officers enhanced stop and search powers to stop males aged 16-50 in the area (pictured) and is designed to minimise serious violence.
The area covered by the order is bounded by Bedford Avenue, Rock Ferry on to Bedford Road, to New Chester Road, the A41 to Borough Road, on to Storeton Road and Mount Road and Bedford Avenue.
Victims of crime from Wallasey to West Kirby and from Bromborough to Birkenhead and all across Wirral are being urged to share their experience of the support they received in order to help others.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, is asking anyone in Merseyside who has been affected by crime in the last three years to share their views in order to help shape and improve the support services that are provided in the future.
Jane is responsible for commissioning many local support services for victims of crime and these are promoted and organised through the Victim Care Merseyside service. Over the last year, more than 6,000 victims have been supported by those services.
On Tuesday 16 February, detectives investigating the assault of a jogger in New Brighton last month are appealing for a woman who was also running in the area to get in touch.
At around 7.10am on Tuesday 12 January, officers received a report that a man in his 50s had been struck on the head with a piece of wood by two males near to the Black Pearl on New Brighton promenade.
The man was taken to hospital with a serious head injury but has since been released and continues to recover at home.
It is believed that prior to the assault a woman was seen running around 50m-100m ahead of the man and may have seen the two males with the wood. Detectives are now appealing for her to come forward.
Merseyside Police has welcomed the sentencing of a man to prison for assaulting a police officer, following an incident in Birkenhead last July.
28-year-old Anthony Kelly, of no fixed abode but from Walton, Liverpool was sentenced earlier this week at Liverpool Crown Court. He received a total of seven months in prison: four months for assaulting an emergency worker plus three months for breaching a suspended sentence.
At around 10.45pm on Friday 10 July, an officer was alerted by staff at the Wine Lodge on Exmouth Street to a man arguing with staff at the location.
The man was eventually arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and assaulting an emergency worker, and was later charged.
Merseyside Police Officers arrested a 25-year-old man who was wanted on warrant by Swindon Police.
Operation Target officers received reports that a possible stolen car had been seen parked in the Ferry Terminal Carpark on Tower Road, Seacombe.
The two men inside the car were spoken to and during checks, it transpired the car was using cloned plates and the driver was wanted on a no bail warrant, issued by Swindon Magistrates Court in January 2020 in relation to a serious assault, shoplifting and harassment offences.
Electric bike seized in Moreton
On Thursday 18 February, Wirral Police reported that another nuisance electric bike taken from our streets.
The rider from the Moreton area was travelling at excess speed along Hoylake Road when sighted by officers. He refused to stop but was located in a rear garden on Hoylake Road. The bike has been seized and the rider reported for motoring offences.
If you have any information regarding the antisocial riding of electric bikes or motorbikes, Merseyside Police want to know. You can report this anonymously to Crimestoppers or online to Merseyside Police.
Vehicle seized at Woodchurch
Merseyside Police officers saw a white Mini Cooper being driven at speed on the Woodchurch estate on Thursday 18 February.
The 20-year-old driver from Greasby had no driving licence or insurance. Vehicle seized and the driver reported for motoring offences.
On patrol with Sanctuary Housing in Wallasey
Wirral Police officers from the Local Policing Team at Wallasey in partnership with officers from Sanctuary Housing conducted a community walkthrough of Rice Lane, Wallasey on Friday 19 February.
They patrolled Rice Lane and the surrounding streets speaking to local residents.
As a result a local resident was identified and dealt with for fly tipping.
Merseyside Police has arrested two males on Thursday 18 February following a robbery in Moreton the previous day.
At around 6.35pm, it was reported that two males, a father and son, were riding their bikes in woodland near Moreton Road, Upton, when two males approached them and attempted to take their bikes, before assaulting them with tree branches and making off on foot through the woods.
The victims, aged 46 and 16, were taken to hospital for treatment to serious but non-life threatening facial, head and arm injuries.
Merseyside Police Detectives investigating an assault in Moreton, Wirral arrested two more males on Saturday 20 February.
A 15-year-old from Tranmere and a 15-year-old from Frodsham, Cheshire were both arrested on suspicion of Section 18 assault late at night on Friday 19 February and taken to police stations for questioning. A 12-year-old male from Moreton has now been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
All images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.