This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
RTC involving police car blocks Birkenhead street
A road traffic accident involving a police car and a car belonging to a member of the public has blocked a Birkenhead street at around 10am on Thursday morning.
The police car was on an emergency call and was using its ‘blues and twos’ at the time of the collision at the junction of Park Road North, Duke Street, and Ashville Road near to Birkenhead Park.
An eyewitness said, “There was a huge bang and I didn’t realise what had happened at first and then I saw two cars blocking the junction of Park Road North and Ashville Road. One of them was a police car.”
Operation Parksafe continues
Local officers from #TeamBeb are continuing to provide a visible presence in local parks and open spaces as part of Operation Park Safe.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said, “We will continue to do this throughout the summer holidays to ensure these areas are a safe place for the public.”
Warning for Heswall residents
Merseyside Police is urging all residents in the Heswall area to remain vigilant at this time as an attempted burglary was reported in the Thurstaston Road area.
A police spokesperson said, “Please remember to keep all doors and windows secure and to report any suspicious activity to us.”
Keyless car warning
Four men charged following discovery of cannabis farm at Birkenhead
Merseyside Police has charged four men following the discovery of a cannabis farm in Birkenhead yesterday (Wednesday 4 August).
At around 10.40am officers executed a warrant at a property at the former Windsor Castle Hotel, Oxton Road. Around 300 mature cannabis plants were seized across four rooms.
Four men were detained and the location was made safe. Following their arrest Emiljan Cani, 25, Xhuljan Collaku, 28, Ardjan Koleci, 22, and Denis Vathi, 39, all of no fixed address, were charged with cannabis production.
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.”
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
Public invited to ask questions ahead of Police Commissioner’s scrutiny meeting
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is inviting local people to send in their questions ahead of her first Scrutiny Meeting.
Emily Spurrell is holding her first public scrutiny session of Merseyside Police on Tuesday, September 7 2021, and she is asking the public to submit questions about policing which she can put to Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Serena Kennedy and her Chief Officer team.
The meeting, which will be held at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority chamber in Mann Island, will be live-streamed to allow members of the public to watch and hear the responses to their questions.
Strategy sets our community safety priorities for next five years
Community safety partners in Wirral are developing a new strategy to address crime and disorder issues in the borough over the next five years.
The strategy, which sets out 10 priority areas for action between 2021 and 2026, was recommended for approval by the Tourism, Communities, Culture and Leisure committee last week and will now go to the next full Council meeting for final sign-off.
The 10 areas identified as priorities include, for the first time, road safety and coastal and inland water safety and expands, even more, the wide range of partner agencies who take a shared responsibility for delivering on specific elements of the strategy. Collectively, these organisations form the Safer Wirral Partnership Board (SWPB).
£2.5 million lost to criminals through fake pet adverts.
Wirral Police and Action Fraud have reminded animal lovers to take extra care when buying a pet online, as new figures show more than £2.5 million has been lost to criminals through fake pet adverts.
Read more: https://crowd.in/udg82X
Fire at New Ferry sees seven appliances attend
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) attended a fire at a building fire on Clipper View, New Ferry during the night.
Fire crews were alerted at 00.05am on Friday 6 August. A total of six fire engines were in attendance as well as the combined platform ladder appliance.
The incident involved a two-storey building with the roof fully engulfed in fire. Crews gained access to the premises and fought the fire externally.
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