Wirral Police news round-up for week-ending 23 October 2021

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

Fatal collision in Queensway Tunnel

Merseyside Police has confirmed that they are investigating following a fatal road traffic collision in the Queensway tunnel in the early hours of Sunday 17 October.

Officers were contacted at 12.25am following reports an Audi S3, travelling towards Wirral, had been in a collision with a taxi inside the tunnel.

The male driver and female passenger of the Audi sustained multiple injuries and were transferred to hospital, where the woman, who is in her 20s, sadly died.

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Police appeal following suspected arson at football club in Tranmere

Detectives are appealing for information following a suspected arson attack in Tranmere on Friday, 15 October.

At around 7.35pm, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) informed us of a shipping container behind Victoria Colts Junior Football Club being on fire, as well as a wheelie bin. The fire was extinguished and contents of the container were damaged, including equipment. Enquiries are ongoing, including forensics and CCTV.

Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said, “This reckless behaviour has caused a significant amount of damage and distress to a valued community sports club. We’re determined to find those responsible, people who clearly have no concept of the awful consequences of their actions, which could also have easily caused serious injury or worse to anyone in the vicinity.”

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Man dies following Queensway Tunnel crash

A man has died following a crash in the Queensway tunnel in the early hours of Sunday 17 October.

The man, understood to be 23-years-old, was driving an Audi S3 when it was in a collision with a taxi. 22-year-old Paige Rice, from Marston Green, Solihull, who was a passenger in the Audi, died in the incident.

The taxi driver suffered serious injuries, but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

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Moreton man jailed for 40 child sex offences

Merseyside Police has welcomed the sentencing of a Wirral man for historical sex offences.

Following a two week trial a jury unanimously found 67-year-old Trevor Ainslie guilty of 40 separate child sex offences spanning between the mid-1970s and early 2000s.

Ainslie, of Berrylands Close, Moreton, was jailed for 28 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

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Sudden death of man in Birkenhead

Merseyside Police has confirmed that officers were called to a house in Hoblyn Road in Birkenhead on Thursday 21 October, following the sudden death of a man.

Police were contacted by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) at around 5.30am following reports that the body of a man in his 50s had been found. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Police Commissioner launches her Police and Crime Plan 2021-25

Proactive policing, supporting victims and preventing offending are among the key priorities in the new Police and Crime Plan for Merseyside launched by the Police Commissioner today.

This key document sets out the strategic direction for the Commissioner’s work over her term of office and details how she will work with Merseyside Police and partners, on behalf of the public of Merseyside, to achieve her policing and community safety priorities.

The four-year plan was developed following an extensive six-week consultation, during which the Commissioner spoke to more than 1,200 members of the public, partners, key stakeholders and elected representatives about the issues that matter most to them.

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Ellesmere Port man jailed for child sex offences

A man from Ellesmere Port who shared messages fantasising about sexually abusing children has been jailed.

Stuart McNeill appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday 21 October where he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

The 39-year-old had earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing indecent images of children, three counts of making indecent images of children and two counts of intentionally encouraging the commission of a sexual offence.

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Merseyside Police statement on reports of drink spiking/people being injected

Merseyside Police has issued a statement regarding recent reports of people being injected and having drinks spiked whilst enjoying nights out in the region’s bars and clubs.

Liverpool local policing Superintendent Diane Pownall said, “We are aware that there has been a number of reports nationally about people having their drinks spiked or people reporting being injected.

“While we understand that people may be alarmed by these reports I want to reassure people that we have not received a huge number of reports in relation to incidents of this nature on Merseyside.

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Stolen motorbike recovered in Hoylake

Wirral Police recovered a stolen motorbike after a land search of wasteland in Hoylake by officers from Team Wallasey. The search was conducted following information received from a member of public.

Stolen motorbikes recovered in Noctorum

Two more stolen motorbikes were recovered on Tusday 19 October after a member of the public reported suspicious bikes in an alleyway on the Nocturum estate.

The motorbikes were hidden behind furniture and covered with a tarpaulin. Enquiries identified the bikes as stolen from Wales and Birkenhead area.

Scam Alert – Bogus Doorstep Sellers

The scam involves people cold-calling local residents while posing as ex-offenders on an alleged Probation Service organised scheme going door to door selling items.

Other rogue traders have also posed as ex-service personnel. The most recent reports are from the Hoylake and Moreton areas. Residents ought not to engage with these individuals who often charge extortionate amounts for basic and very low quality household pound store items.

Merseyside Police have spoken with our colleagues in the Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and they advise that there are NO schemes that have ex-offenders going door to door selling wares.

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