This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Officers in Merseyside are supporting the national ‘Operation Makesafe’ initiative in their continued efforts to deter child sexual exploitation (CSE) being committed in our region.
Superintendent Graeme Robson said, “Makesafe is intended to do exactly what it describes – make our communities safe – with specific emphasis on hotels and other leisure and hospitality businesses.
“Unfortunately we cannot be everywhere, all of the time. Therefore, the idea of this operation is to educate business owners and their staff on how they too can spot the signs of CSE. The ambition; for every hotel nationally to be able to confidently identify a person who may be at risk and raise the alarm with officers to ultimately save a vulnerable child.”
A Toxteth woman has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail for fraud against her Bromborough based employer.
47-year-old Stephanie Long was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 17 November.
Between 2016 and 2020, Long took more than £200,000 from the accounts of her employer, B&M Waste Services in Bromborough, Wirral.
Next of kin appeal: Robert Harrison
Can you help find the family of a man from Wallasey who has passed away?
Mr Robert Harrison sadly died at his home on Hose Side Road on 5 November, aged 68.
Anyone who knows the next-of-kin of Mr Harrison is asked to contact Coroners Investigation Officer Katy Porter on 0151 351 0040 or email [email protected] marking the message for her attention.
On Thursday 18 November, a 64 year-old Wirral man was sentenced for historical sex offences.
Anthony Duckers, of Black Horse Close in Newton, was found guilty after trial of five counts of indecent assault between the 1970s and the early 2000s.
He was jailed for 16 years at Liverpool Crown Court. He was also given a restraining order for life and a sexual harm prevention order for life.
Crime prevention equipment is being distributed by officers to businesses and homes in crime hotspots across Merseyside to help crackdown on burglaries, robberies and thefts.
This preventative policing approach ahead of the festive period will see officers in Community Policing teams advising residents and business owners about the steps they can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
Superintendent Martin Earl said, “Historically, we have seen a rise in acquisitive crime at this time of the year, so we have been helping residents and businesses to keep themselves safe and keep their property and premises secure.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has issued a statement following the terrorist incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
PCC Emily Spurrell said, “The news that the incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital has been confirmed as a terrorist incident will be unsettling and worrying for local people.
“Patrols across the city are being stepped up and every possible step is being taken to keep our communities safe. While incidents like this are incredibly distressing, they are thankfully very rare.”
Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Serena Kennedy has issued a statement regarding the incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. She said, “I completely understand that communities in Merseyside may be concerned and I can reassure you that my officers are out on the ground and providing high visibility reassurance.
“There is no specific threat to the area, but I have asked for patrols to be increased across Merseyside.
“Incidents such as this are very rare, but I would ask people to remain calm, but be vigilant and alert.”
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region has issued a statement following the terrorist attack at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
“Like everyone else across the Liverpool City Region I was horrified to learn of the explosion outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital yesterday morning. This has now been declared a terrorist incident.
“Sadly, events like these are not as surprising as they once were. That does not make them any less shocking. Like those that have gone before, it would seem that this was an attempt to sow discord and division within our communities.”
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