This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Merseyside Police has welcomed the sentencing of a Wirral man to 10 and a half years in prison for drug supply and money laundering offences at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, Friday 29 October.
57-year-old Simon Roberts of Greasby was subject to an investigation as part Operation Venetic: a national investigation into the use of encrypted mobile devices, commonly referred to as Encrochat.
The investigation into Roberts was carried out by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP), a specialist team set up by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Merseyside Police to tackle high risk organised crime groups linked to drugs and firearms.
Merseyside Police has recorded a 52% decrease in the number of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage calls on Saturday 30 October, compared to last year.
A total of 785 emergency calls (8.9% decrease) and 520 non-emergency calls (22.8% decrease) came in during the police operation yesterday, compared to last year.
There was a 52% decrease in reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, with 279 such reports being made compared to 576 last year. Total calls were 1460, an overall reduction of 8.6% from last year. Incident in which buses were targeted were also reduced by more than 50%.
At around 9.15pm on Friday 29 October officers were called to a house on Percy Road to reports of damage being caused to a front door.
No injuries were reported and house-to-house, witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said, “We initially believe this was a targeted attack, and are keeping an open mind as to the motive. If you live locally or were passing at around 9.15pm and saw or heard the incident or anything suspicious, please come forward and we will take action.
Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team working in partnership with Merseyside Police have obtained a Closure Order on a property in Stringhey Road, Wallasey.
The Order was sought after complaints from the local community that people were attending the address day and night and engaging in anti-social behaviour. The behaviour included threats, shouting, foul language, assaults, people banging on the property to be let in, constant visitors to the address all day and night and breaches of a Partial Closure Order that was granted on 21 July 2021.
Wirral Council’s ASB Team started receiving complaints regarding the address on 10 May 2021 but despite a closure warning being served to the tenant of the address, the behaviour continued.
Merseyside Police has arrested a 29-year-old man from Rock Ferry after a report of a domestic assault on Lees Avenue in Wirral on Wednesday 3 November.
Officers were called to a report of a stolen motorcycle on Grange Road in Birkenhead, spotted the offender and after a short pursuit detained the man at house on Lees Avenue just before 9.50pm.
It was further reported the suspect had assaulted a woman inside the premises.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a report of shots fired in Noctorum on Friday 5 November.
At 12.50pm officers were called to a report of three shots fired on Newark Close. No sign of damage was found, and no injuries have been reported.
It was reported the offenders were in a black Ford Fiesta, which was later found burnt out nearby.
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