This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Serious RTC at Storeton
Wirral Police is appealing for information after a serious collision in Storeton on the morning of Sunday 28 March.
Emergency services were called to Lever Causeway at about 11.20am where it was reported a black VW Golf had been in collision with a tree. Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service attended, and the three occupants received medical attention at the scene.
The driver, a man in his 20s, has been taken to hospital for further treatment and his condition is described as critical but stable.
Anyone who saw the incident or was passing and has any dashcam footage or information is asked to contact police via @MerPolCC on Twitter with reference 253 of 28 March.
Police warn of scam websites
On Monday 29 March, police warned of spoof websites that imitate those of trusted organisations are a tactic used by criminals to persuade you to enter your personal and financial information.
They’ll include the organisation’s branding with small changes to the website’s URL to convince you it’s genuine. Avoid clicking on links in emails and texts. Instead, login to your account directly using a secure webpage or app and if you’re visiting a website for the first time, always type the address into the browser.
If you receive a scam email forward it to [email protected] and scam texts to 7726.
On Monday 29 March, Merseyside Police appealed for witnesses following the assault of an elderly woman in Wallasey on Friday, 26 March.
At around 8.45am, officers were called to Rake Lane Cemetery to reports that a woman in her 80s had been approached by a man, who kicked the victim’s dog, threw her to the ground and made threats to punch her. The woman was left extremely fearful and distressed and the man walked off towards the Earlston Road exit of the cemetery. The victim managed to find help and the police and the ambulance service were called.
Initial enquiries suggest that this was connected to an incident the previous day in the cemetery.
The suspect is described as white, in his 20s-30s, and wearing a chequered jacket.
On Tuesday 30th March, detectives investigating a car theft in Heswall released images of a man they want to trace. It was reported that a grey Mercedes was stolen on Barnston Road, Heswall, between 11.30pm on Wednesday 17 February and 6.30am on Thursday 18 February.
Rogue traders reported in Irby
On Tuesday 30 March, Wirral Police said that they had received a number of reports of rogue traders targeting the elderly and vulnerable operating around the Irby area offering services such as garden maintenance.
A spokesperson said, “We never advise people to enter into any contract at their doorsteps. Rogue traders attempt to frighten and pressurise people into having work done which often isn’t necessary at all. They will usually only accept cash and often leave no or very limited or fake paperwork/leaflets and do not want to be traced once they have done the work or if they fail to turn up.”
Here is some advice to deal with callers at your door:
- Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly.
- Keep front and back doors locked.
- Use the door viewer or nearby window when answering the door.
- Fit a door chain or bar – use it and keep it on when talking to callers at the door.
- If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door.
- Don’t feel embarrassed – genuine callers expect you to be careful.
- Only let callers in if they have an appointment and you have confirmed they are genuine.
- Always ask for identification badges of anyone you answer the door to, but don’t rely on them. Identity cards can be faked – phone the company to verify their identity.
- Some companies offer a password system. Ask your utility providers if this can be used and if you have a password with a company make sure the caller uses it.
- Never let people try to persuade you to let them into your home even if they are asking for help – they may not be genuine. If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and arrange for a friend or family member to be with you.
- Never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door.
- Don’t keep large amounts of money in your home.
- Consider using local trusted trader schemes.
- Remember, it’s your home. There’s no reason why anyone should ever enter your home against your wishes.
- Remember, if you feel in danger or threatened at any time call 999 immediately!
Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place in the New Brighton area
Officers from your Local Policing Team at Wallasey were out in New Brighton on Tuesday 30 March, speaking to local residents regarding the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that is now in place in the New Brighton area.
The purpose of this has been to make people feel safe in their community and allow them to enjoy the return of the warm weather. A quantity of alcohol was seized as well as Nitrous Oxide cannisters. (The picture above is a small example of the alcohol seized.)
More information on the New Brighton PSPO can be found on the attached pictures or by visiting the Wirral Council PSPO page at: https://crowd.in/0pRKiL
Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place in the West Kirby area
Police reminded local residents that a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is also in place in the West Kirby area.
More information can be found by visiting the Wirral Council PSPO page at: https://crowd.in/di4DJy
Police patrols at Port Sunlight
Following a recent survey carried out in the Port Sunlight area, and listening to the local residents concerns, the Local Policing Officers from Bebington Police Station carried out a foot patrol operation in the area on Wednesday 31 March.
The areas covered included The Rose Gardens, Lady Lever Gallery, Gladstone Theatre, The Dell and many more of the residential streets.
Officers were pleased to say that there were no sightings of large groups of youths, or any concerns regarding anti-social behaviour at the time. we were also pleased to see that all of the local residents and visitors to the village were adhering to social distancing and enjoying the good weather.
Police will be repeating the patrols throughout the Easter break.
Driver of ‘small, dark coloured Vauxhall’ sought after boy involved in hit-and-run incident at Bebington
Merseyside Police were contacted just before 8.20pm on Tuesday 30 March, following reports that a car had been in collision with a teenage boy at Bebington.
The collision occurred on Teehey Lane in Bebington as the 16-year-old boy was crossing the road with another boy. He suffered an injury to his leg. The boy was taken by ambulance to hospital.
On Thursday, 1 April, 12 new rights for victims of crime were introduced, following an update to the Victims’ Code which sets out the services and standards that must be provided to victims by the police and other criminal justice agencies.
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, more commonly known as the Victims’ Code, is published by the Ministry of Justice and it’s applicable from the moment a crime is reported to the end of a trial in court.
Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine, Head of Criminal Justice at Merseyside Police said, “The force welcomes these latest changes to the Victims’ Code. Supporting victims is incredibly important and we are pleased that the code now simplifies and strengthens the previous entitlements with rights that are clear, concise and easy to understand.
This Easter weekend, police will be patrolling popular outdoor destinations across Merseyside to offer guidance on the latest coronavirus restrictions in England.
Following a number of recent reports of anti-social behaviour this week – particularly in coastline areas – officers will be working alongside local authorities to support residents, encourage safe travel and parking, and help prevent incidents of anti-social behaviour to ensure people of all ages can enjoy our outdoor beauty spots safely.
The public are reminded that alcohol is prohibited at Formby, Crosby and Ainsdale beaches.
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.
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