This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Man arrested following armed police unit car pursuit from Cheshire to Wirral
A man was arrested in Bebington following a police pursuit on Friday 27 August by Cheshire & North Wales Alliance Armed Policing unit.
Cheshire Police had been in pursuit of a black BMW car after it came to their attention in Ellesmere Port, before it was driven at speed on the M53 in the direction of Wirral.
The car left the motorway at junction 4, Clatterbridge, and came to a stop after colliding with a wall on The Village, Bebington. The driver made off from the vehicle on foot.
Vehicle seized at Port Sunlight
On Tuesday 31 August, officers from #Teambeb seized a vehicle in Port Sunlight.
A police spokesperson said, “The driver had no insurance and no MOT. We continue to police the roads proactively.”
Adapted electric bike seized in New Ferry
Police officers recovered this electrically assisted pedal cycle from New Ferry on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 September.
A police spokesperson said, “We received numerous reports that the bike was being ridden in a dangerous manner.
“The bike was located without its rider and on closer examination it had been adapted to make the bike illegal for use on the road without being registered and insured, etc.”
Man hits car window after forcing driver to stop
During the evening of Tuesday 31 August, a man purposefully jumped in front of a moving car twice, forcing the vehicle to brake and swerve to avoid hitting him.
The two women occupants of the car were said to be “shaken up” by the ordeal, in which the man not only twice jumped in front of the car, but became abusive, shouting and attempting to open the cars locked doors.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said, “At 11.50pm yesterday we received a report that a man had stepped in front of a car on Whetstone Lane/Church Road forcing the driver to brake.
NW Motorway Police lane hogging warning
NW Motorway Police has warned drivers about lane-hogging on motorways.
In a number of posts on social media, they showed images of cars hogging lane 2 (the centre lane) and cars that had been stopped after failing to move into the correct lane.
The rule for lane discipline on motorways is simple: “You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”
Appeal for information following serious collision in Neston
Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam video following a serious collision in Neston.
At around 6pm on Friday 27 August, police were called to reports of a collision between a silver Vauxhall Astra and a cyclist at the junction of Quarry Road and Bluebell Lane.
Emergency services attended the scene and the cyclist – a 14-year-old boy – was taken to hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries.
WANTED: Wirral man, Joseph Farrell
21-year-old Joseph Farrell is wanted on a prison recall after breaching the conditions of his licence.
Farrell was released from prison after serving a sentence for burglary in Willaston in 2020, in which a motorbike was stolen. A recall has now been issued.
Farrell has links to areas of Wirral including Beechwood and Birkenhead North.
Man claiming to be taxi driver tries to grab mum with baby
Merseyside Police has launched an investigation following suspicious circumstances on Tuesday 31 August.
At around 9.15pm, a woman reported that she had been walking on Eleanor Road with her baby in a pram, when a silver car pulled up behind her. The driver then reportedly claimed to be taxi driver and offered to give her a lift, before reaching towards her. He then drove off.
The man was described as in his 40s, with black hair, clean-shaven and wearing a blue t-shirt. The car was described as silver.
Police Commissioner welcomes introduction of new ‘pet abduction’ law
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has welcomed the news that pet abduction is to be made a criminal offence in England.
At present, dog theft is not defined as a specific crime, and is instead classed as a loss of an owner’s ‘property’.
This introduction of this new law recognises the emotional distress it can cause when someone’s pet is stolen and that most people do not categorise their pet as property.
Sudden death of man in 20s at Birkenhead
Emergency services were in attendance at Cleveland Street in Birkenhead on Friday 3 September.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said, “At around 9.30am we received a report of a sudden death of a male at an address on Cleveland Street. “
North West Ambulance Service Paramedics attended but sadly, the man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene
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