Wirral Police news round-up for week-ending 20 March 2021

This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.

Man arrested following serious RTC at New Brighton

Merseyside Police has arrested a man and is appealing for information following a serious RTC in New Brighton last night, Sunday 14 March.

At around 8.50pm, emergency services were called to the junction of Victoria Road and Rowson Street to reports of a collision involving a Vauxhall Corsa and a Mercedes. 

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Mini Pathfinders Project at Pensby Primary School

On Monday 15 March, Officers from Local Policing teams at both Wallasey police station and Bebington police station are working together with the Year 6 pupils this week at Pensby Primary School in a week-long project called the Mini Pathfinder Project.

The project aims to support young people to make positive choices through early intervention. Officers have discussed the issues around the mental effect that lockdown has had on pupils and discussed the importance of looking after our own mental and physical health.

In the morning, officers were joined by Bernie who made healthy pizzas with the pupils using a variety of different toppings to make unique and different pizzas. During the afternoon, pupils took part in 4 different sporting activities delivered by Sports Development these included tennis, football, boxercise, and yoga

Free bike marking and registration

On Tuesday 16 March, Wirral Police were at various locations throughout the borough offering free bike marking and registration as part of the Safer Streets campaign.

Merseyside Police highlight work of response officers

Merseyside Police is joining police forces across the country to highlight the vital and challenging work of response officers this week.

When members of the public call 999, it is the Response and Resolution team who attend emergencies that can range from domestic abuse incidents and serious assaults to bringing people who are missing and even suicidal back home safe and well.

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Section 60 Order introduced in Birkenhead

Officers in Wirral introduced a Section 60 order in Birkenhead on the evening of Wednesday 17 March following reports of serious violent crime in the area.

The Section 60 was introduced again on Thursday 18 March and once more on Friday 19 March.

The Order, under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, gives officers enhanced stop and search powers in the area (pictured) and is designed to minimise serious violence.

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‘Eyes Open Campaign’

Merseyside’s Violence Reduction Partnership has launched a campaign that’s asking the public to keep their ‘EYES OPEN’ to the signs of drug gangs grooming our county’s kids, and if they see, hear or suspect anything to report it anonymously to Crimestoppers.

After London, Merseyside’s drug gangs are the second biggest abusers of kids, grooming kids as young as 10. The gangs groom kids by making them increasingly vulnerable, often buying the targeted kids gifts of clothes, food and bikes making the kids feel in debt to them but also making them feel part of the gang, or ‘family’.

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Serena Kennedy confirmed as Merseyside Police’s first female Chief Constable

Serena Kennedy will be Merseyside Police’s first female Chief Constable after her selection by the Police Commissioner was confirmed by the region’s Police and Crime Panel on Thursday 18 March.

Jane Kennedy announced on International Women’s Day that Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy was her preferred choice to take over the top role at the Force when the current Chief Constable, Andy Cooke QPM, leaves in April.

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Tackling serious violence, drug crime & those crossing the border with criminal intent.

Wirral Police joined up with Border Force, Immigration Enforcement Rapid Response Team & North West Regional Organised Crime Unit on Thursday 18 March at Twelve Quays, Birkenhead/Wallasey as part of #OpTarget day of action tackling serious violence, drug crime & those crossing the border with criminal intent.

Appeal for information following two thefts in Liscard area

Merseyside Police appealed for information following reports that two elderly ladies had money stolen while shopping in the Liscard area.

In both incidents the male is described as being around 5ft 11in tall, of average build with dark hair and wearing black clothing.

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Forcewide policing operation hits Wirral in crackdown on violence in the area

A large operation across Wirral tackling serious violence and supporting National Child Exploitation Awareness Day was conducted on Thursday 18 March. The operation saw officers deployed to various areas in our continued fight against criminality.

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Successful day of action

A large operation across Wirral tackling serious violence and supporting National Child Exploitation Awareness Day was conducted on 18 March.

As well as a joint operation at the ferry terminals, tunnels and on the roads – police also conducted 3 warrants, arrested 18 people, stop searched 32 others and seized a number of cars, designer goods and drugs.

Supt Earl said: “These are highly proactive deployments which are shaped by the information we receive from you. So, I would encourage anyone that knows someone involved in crime or is suffering as a result, to please get in touch.

“By you reaching out to us, this means we can work with our partners in the area more effectively, deploying to problematic places, taking action against those involved in crime and making the community safer for everyone.”

PCSOs bike marking at Carrbridge Centre, Woodchurch

PCSOs were bike marking at Carrbridge Centre, Woodchurch on Friday 19 March They also visited Leasowe Leisure Centre, all socially distanced.

As the days get brighter and longer, more of us will be out on our bikes. Please make sure you get your bikes security-marked and utilise suitable security if leaving unattended anywhere. Keep an eye out for free cycle training for individuals and families with @BikeRight! or via their website.

Wallasey man charged on eight counts of Conspiracy to Supply Drugs

Merseyside Police charged a 33 year old Wirral man with drug offences on Friday 19 March. 

He has been remanded in custody until Friday 16 April when he will appear at Liverpool Crown Court. 

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Bromborough man jailed for 15 years on £100m drug smuggling charge

Three men in a criminal network, including a man from Bromborough, were caught trying to smuggle more than a hundred million pounds worth of Class A drugs into the UK have been jailed today for a total of 45 years.

The investigation led by detectives from NWROCU, supported by UK Border Force, discovered that between May 2019 and October 2020, 150 drugs packages were smuggled into the country from Europe.

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Kirkby man charged with burglary at Prenton

Earlier during the week Wirral Police attended a report of a shop in Prenton being broken into.

Officers attended the scene and arrested the offender nearby. On Friday 19 March, the man from the Kirkby area was charged with Burglary.

For regular crime and police related updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/crimewatchwirral

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