This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
15-year-old arrested for drug driving and quad bike seized
On 28 May, Tranmere residents reported a quad bike being ‘razzed’ around the Quigley Street and Brougham Road area.
Police immediately responded and a 15-year-old youth was arrested for dangerous driving, drug driving, no insurance and no licence offences. A police spokesperson said, “We take reports of anti social use of vehicles extremely seriously and encourage any reports of such activity to us.”
Man arrested for theft from a car in Rock Ferry
Wirral Police arrested and charged a 29-year-old man from Birkenhead for theft from a car in Rock Ferry.
Thanks to CCTV from the house local bobby for the Birkenhead area recognised him and he was located out and about in Spital by targeted officers.
He has been charged and sent to prison after pleading guilty. A police spokesperson said, “It is a good idea to protect your property with CCTV as we can often identify offenders. Keep your property secure and call 999 if you see anyone acting suspiciously.”
Merseyside Police has confirmed that a total of eight people have been arrested following reports of fighting and anti-social behaviour in Wallasey and New Brighton on Monday 31 May.
At around 8pm, officers were called to Harrison Drive in Wallasey Village to reports of a fight at the location. Officers attended and detained three men. A number of teenage males were found with facial injuries.
A 50-year-old man from Liscard; a 24-year-old man from Liscard; and an 18-year-old man from New Brighton were arrested on suspicion of affray and remain in custody for questioning.
New Brighton Community Day of Action
On Wednesday 2 June, Wirral police held the ‘New Brighton Community Day of Action’ from midday until 4pm.
They invited residents to visit New Brighton Dips and to meet the partners working together to keep our communities safe.
- The Wallasey Local Policing Team were Bike Register bike marking, offered advice about online reporting and information on the work they are doing around Operation Beachsafe during the summer months.
- Wirral Youth Outreach Team offered information on youth diversionary activities and their work with young people.
- The Roads Policing Team offered advice on road traffic matters and use of e-bikes/e-scooters.
- Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service invited residents to come along to meet the team and see their engine. They also provided advice on keeping homes safe from fire.
- Volunteers Groups – local groups were keen to provide activities for young people in the community.
- Bike Right was offering free cycle training to families.
- Merseyside Police Mounted section invited residents to meet their horses.
- Safer Roads Safety Partnership – members were present providing input on ‘safe pass’ for cyclists and Direct Vision were present with the latest online training cameras so that haulage drivers can detect the presence of cyclists and pedestrians near to the vehicle.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a disturbance in New Brighton on Wednesday 2 June.
At around 8.40pm police received reports of a large group of youths gathered outside Morrisons on Marine Point, New Brighton.
An altercation was reported to have taken place, during which a 16-year-old male was assaulted with a baseball bat and suffered minor injuries.
A 20-year-old man has been jailed for five years after threatening another man with a knife for clothes he had arranged to buy online.
Reiss Fletcher, of Bridge Street, Birkenhead was sentenced on Wednesday 2 June at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery and threatening a person with a bladed article at an earlier hearing.
The court heard how Fletcher had arranged to meet the victim in Chester after agreeing to purchase items of clothing on Facebook Marketplace on 18 January 2021.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a serious RTC in Wallasey last week (Wednesday 26 May).
At around 2.35pm we received a report that a silver Toyota Aygo, travelling along Cliff Road from the direction of Marlowe Road, was in collision with a pedestrian.
Nearly £820,000 of funding has been secured by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner to crackdown on burglaries and robberies and make the streets of Liverpool and Wirral safer.
Emily Spurrell has been awarded the money from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund after working with Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council and Wirral Borough Council on joint bids for key projects aimed at cutting crime and improving safety in two of the region’s most deprived areas.
Operation Castle: Beat the Burglar
On Friday 4 June, police issued the following advice as part of Operation Castle.
“Please don’t let this warm weather make you complacent with your home security, ensure you lock your doors & windows after use, before heading out or to bed. If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.”
Scam Alert – Tax credits customers warned to be vigilant
Scam Alert – Tax credits customers warned to be vigilant to potential scams. In the 12 months to 30 April 2021, HMRC responded to more than 1,154,300 referrals of suspicious contact from the public. More than 576,960 of these offered bogus tax rebates. Read more: https://crowd.in/xlWZQT
Dogs Die in Hot Cars: “Not long” is too long
On Friday 4 June, Wirral 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
Merseyside Police is continuing its dedicated fight against knife crime, protecting the community and bringing offenders to justice following a number of knife crime incidents this week which has resulted in multiple people being injured.
Superintendent Jenn Wilson said, “Carrying a knife doesn’t make you look big or cool – it makes you look stupid. Using one, not only has the potential to ruin someone else’s life, but more often than not, you’ll ruin your own.”
Police issue advice following ASB incidents
Ahead of another sunny weekend, Merseyside Police has a message for everyone wishing to go out and enjoy themselves safely: have fun, respect Covid-19 rules, and report any community issues or concerns you may have to us.
Head of Local Policing Matt Boyle said: “Following a number of worrying incidents of anti-social behaviour – particularly over the bank holiday – we want to reassure people that we’ll be out in coastal areas, town centres and beyond to listen to any concerns the public have, offer advice on Covid rules, and help keep everyone safe.
“To anyone who might be involved in or planning criminal activity, think again. Officers will be patrolling various beaches and other busy areas to ensure anyone carrying a weapon or threatening others is taken off our streets and faces the consequences.
“We all know that Merseyside is a great place to live and visit, with an abundance of coastal beauty spots, parks and green spaces, and a vibrant hospitality industry. It’s important to us that everyone can enjoy these things safely, and that no individuals or groups spoil it for the majority.
“If you’re visiting any coastal areas such as Formby, Crosby or New Brighton, expect to see increased patrols. Please remember to park safely and considerately – or even better, make use of our great public transport links and cycling options. Due to Covid-19, some means of public transport may operate a little differently, so please check and plan your visit beforehand.
“Lastly but importantly, we want people to remember that Covid-19 still poses a risk to public health and the NHS. In order to get to Step four of the roadmap – hopefully on 21 June – we will need to be continuing in the right direction. This means no more than 30 people together outdoors, no more than six people or two households together indoors, social distancing, and wearing a mask where required to help keep coronavirus cases down. We all need to play our part and work together.”
Operation Parksafe patrols continue
Local officers have been on cycle patrol during the week in parks and open spaces. Whilst on Bidston Hill, officers bumped into the Rangers and volunteers who where clearing away shrubs and gorse.
Police patrols in West Kirby and New Brighton
On Friday 4 June, Officers from the Local Policing Team at Wallasey were out on patrol in New Brighton and West Kirby.
A police spokesperson said, “Whilst in New Brighton, a number of residents have raised concerns over the model boating lake near the promenade being used for swimming. Please be aware that this lake is clearly signed as being unsafe, unfit for swimming in and is for model boat use only. Thank you to all the public who took time to engage with us today.”
Volunteers’ Week 2021
The first week of June each year is ‘Volunteers’ Week’ and this week Wirral Police is celebrating the hard work and achievements of their volunteers within Merseyside Police.
A spokesperson said, “We are lucky to work with a number of Special Constables who give their own time to assist us in keeping our community safe. This evening some of our volunteers have been policing the busy areas of West Kirby and New Brighton, responding to numerous reports of crime and anti-social behaviour. We are extremely proud to have these Officers as part of the Team and continue to acknowledge their dedication.”
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