This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Merseyside Police has confirmed that emergency services attended an incident at Junction 3 of the M53 on Monday 19 April.
At around 9.10am, officers were called to the scene after reports a man had fallen from a bridge at Junction 3.
The man sadly died at the scene.
E-Scooters and cannabis seized in New Ferry
Members of the community raised concerns regarding youths smoking cannabis and riding electric scooters anti-socially in New Ferry.
On the evening of Tuesday, 20 April, officers detained two young males riding illegal E-Scooters and recovered Cannabis from their possession.
Police were in attendance in Wallasey on the afternoon of Monday 19 April, following reports of a man in possession of a suspected firearm.
Officers were called to an address on Poulton Road just before 1.20pm where a member of the public reported they had witnessed a suspected drug deal.
It was further reported that one man was in possession of an item that was reported to be a firearm. Officers attended the address and detained two males and a female.
Merseyside Police has welcomed the sentencing of Stephen Lewis who was jailed on Friday 16 April for historic sex offences.
The offences date back to the 1970s when Lewis was 15-years-old.
Detective Constable Alex Fowler of the Unity Team at Merseyside Police said: “Lewis’ actions have haunted his victims for decades and I would like to commend their bravery in seeing this prosecution through and facing him again in court. I hope this sentencing gives the victims some comfort and allows them some closure as they begin to move forward.
Emergency services were called to Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry, on Wednesday 21 April following reports of a person on fire.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MSRS), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), and Merseyside Police attended the incident scene which was near the Gladstone Medical Centre on Old Chester Road.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) crews were alerted at 2.39pm and one fire engine was dispatched and was on scene at 2.45pm. MFRS crews administered first aid to the man before handing over to NWAS paramedics on their arrival.
Illegal e-scooter seized at Birkenhead
Local Officers seized an electric scooter in Birkenhead on Thursday 22 April, due to having no insurance and being ridden on a public highway.
Police have been targeting illegal e-scooter use and warned that, “If you or your child has one of these, please be aware they are only to be used on private land with the permission of the landowner.“
Five-vehicle RTC on M53 Moreton Spur
North West Motorway Police unit HU46 dealt with a five-vehicle road traffic collision on the M53 Moreton Spur.
The incident happened on Thursday 22 April and only minor Injuries were reported.
The road was promptly cleared and police said, “Thank you for your patience.”
Merseyside will elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner on 6 May 2021. Jane Kennedy, who is the current PCC for Merseyside announced in 2019 that she would not be standing for re-election.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives with responsibility for policing in each police area in England and Wales. Each police area (with the exception of Greater London and Greater Manchester, where the directly elected mayor is the policing authority instead) elects a commissioner every four years.
The elections for PCCs was due to take place in 2020, but were postponed until 6 May 2021, due to COVID-19. In the 2016 PCC election, Merseyside had a turnout of 302,253, representing 30.2% of the voting population. Jane Kennedy was reelected taking 186,661 votes, representing 61.8% of those who voted.
As we enjoy the easing of lockdown restrictions and better weather, the public are reminded to enjoy the outdoors safely this weekend.
Under the latest Covid regulations, people are allowed to eat and drink outdoors while seated, but outdoor gatherings are still limited to six people or two households. The mixing of households indoors is still not permitted.
Those looking to head to the coast are asked to explore travel options such as walking or cycling to avoid traffic jams and delays. If they do decide to take the car, they are reminded to park safely to respect local residents, pedestrians, cyclists and road users.
Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help to find missing Anthonpillao Jeyanthan.
Anthonpillao, 49, was last seen on Ashville Road, Birkenhead at around 10.15am on Saturday 17 April.
Merseyside Police – in collaboration with UK Counter Terrorism Policing – is urging people to be vigilant as lockdown eases across the country.
The threat to the UK from terrorism remains ‘substantial,’ meaning an attack is likely. As non-essential shops, hospitality and sports events begin to open up again, Counter Terrorism Policing has launched a new ‘Easing Lockdown Vigilance Campaign’ to encourage everyone to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by remaining vigilant and reporting concerns.
As people begin to mix outdoors in public spaces, police are appealing to business owners and the public to support them to keep the country safe by staying alert to any suspicious circumstances, and reporting anything that does not appear right to security staff or the police.
Merseyside Police are asking members of the public to share and help find a wanted Wirral man: Jordan Davies-Bagley.
Operation Parksafe 2021
On Friday 23 April, Wirral Police launched Operation Parksafe 2021.
Officers are now increasing patrols through our parks and open spaces in order to keep our community safe as we start to see these spaces becoming popular at this time of year.
Last week, Merseyside Police arrested a 15-year-old male after an assault and robbery in Birkenhead Park.
In a statement, police said, “We would encourage you to make use of these spaces and enjoy the facilities they provide. Please continue to support your local Police by reporting any crime or incident via 101 or 999. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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