This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Wirral man in court following assault on staff at Euston Station
A Hoylake man has appeared at court charged in connection to an incident on a train at Euston station on Thursday 8 July.
British Transport Police Officers were called to the station at 7.09am following reports a passenger and member of rail staff had been assaulted.
Ali Soleiman, 34, of The Kings Gap, Hoylake, is charged with Grievous Bodily Harm.
Report urging fundamental culture shift in rape investigations welcomed by the Police Commissioner
An independent report urging for a fundamental culture shift in the way the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) work together on rape cases has been welcomed by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.
The joint report released by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has highlighted evidence of ineffective joint working between police and prosecutors which has contributed to lengthy delays in decision-making, poor outcomes and unacceptably poor communication with victims.
Responding to the report, the Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said, “This is the second report released in just a week by the inspectorate which highlights that drastic change is urgently needed if we are to give victims of sexual violence the justice they deserve.
Balaclava yobs throw bricks at Birkenhead bar
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following an incident in Birkenhead in the early hours of this morning (Monday 19 July).
At around 12.30am, we received reports that a group of around 20 youths on pedal cycles were throwing bricks and eggs at the Cool Room Bar and Platinum Bar on Conway Street.
Patrols attended but the youths had dispersed. No injuries were reported but the outside of the premises were reported damaged.
Targeted attack shooting incident near Birkenhead Park
Detectives are appealing for information after shots were fired at a house in Birkenhead last night, Monday 19 July.
Officers were called to Hartington Road following reports of shots being fired at an address. Damage was found to an upstairs window of the house, but no injuries were reported.
It is believed that the house was targeted and witnesses report that several offenders unsuccessfully tried to cut through the front door before the shots were fired. They then escaped in a BMW.
Nighttime arson attack on quiet residential street in Wallasey
Merseyside Police has confirmed that a report was received of suspected arson in Wallasey on Thursday, 15 July.
At around 12.55am police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) were called to a fire at a property at the Grange, Wallasey.
MFRS extinguished the fire, no injuries were reported and the front door of the property was damaged. The property was believed to be unoccupied at the time of the incident.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joins Independent Custody Visiting Association board
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has joined the board of a national association which works to support the volunteers who check on the rights, wellbeing and dignity of detainees held in police custody.
Emily Spurrell has become a director of the Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) board less than a week after being appointed to lead on the national Mental Health and Custody portfolio on behalf of all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).
ICVA is an independent organisation funded by the Home Office and PCCs to promote, support and represent Independent Custody Visiting schemes across England and Wales. These important schemes, which are delivered locally by PCCs, see local volunteers make unannounced visits to police custody to check on the right, entitlements, wellbeing and dignity of detainees.
WWII bombs found at house in New Brighton
Two WWII bombs have been discovered inside a house at New Brighton. They are thought to have been dropped during the war and failed to explode and been kept by the resident as a souvenir.
Merseyside Police attended a property in Mount Road in Wallasey following the discovery.
Officers were called to the garden of the property at 2.10pm on Wednesday 21 July. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team also attended the scene.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars: “Not long” is too long
Wirral Police issued the following advice regarding dogs during hot weather.
“Enjoy the return of the warm weather but please remember ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’.
“Also remember the ‘ Five Second Rule ‘ before walking your dog. Place the back of your hand on the pavement, if you can’t hold it there for five seconds it’s too hot to go for a walk!”
To view further advice from the RSPCA click: https://crowd.in/NvJpcf
Partial closure order on Wallasey property
Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team, working in partnership with Merseyside Police, has obtained a Partial Closure Order on 21 July 2021 on a property that had become a hotspot for neighbourhood nuisance.
The Order on 27 Stringhey Road, Wallasey was sought in response to complaints from neighbours that people were attending the address day and night causing anti-social behaviour.
This behaviour included threats, shouting, foul language, assaults, banging on the property to be let in and constant visitors to the address all day and night.
Merseyside PCC joins calls for statutory requirement requiring agencies to prevent violence against women and girls
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has joined the calls for a new statutory duty requiring agencies to prevent violence against women and girls as the Government launches its “long overdue” strategy.
Emily Spurrell said, “Radical action to protect women and girls from violence is sadly long overdue from this Government. Under their watch, the number of people prosecuted and convicted for rape has fallen to an all-time low and there is an epidemic of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in our society.
“Calls for urgent, drastic change have come from all quarters. It is taken them far too long to act and tragically that means the safety of even more women has been jeopardised. We have seen the heart-breaking results of that apathy and there are families that are grieving because of it.”
Three BTP officers involved in Wallasey road collision taken to hospital
A British Transport Police vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle on Leasowe Road, Wallasey this morning.
The incident, involving a British Transport Police van and a Citroen Xsara Picasso, happened shortly before 8am on 22 July 2021.
Three British Transport Police officers were taken to hospital. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision was uninjured.
Merseyside Police arrest 13 in domestic abuse crackdown
Merseyside Police has arrested 13 people as part of a crackdown on the perpetrators of domestic abuse in Merseyside.
Teams of local officers led by Merseyside Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People unit visited homes in Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Knowsley this morning Thursday, 22 July.
They arrested the 10 men and three women for a range of offences including serious assault, rape, sexual assault, harassment, breach of a restraining order and hate crime.
For regular crime and police related updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/crimewatchwirral
Images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.