This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Female arrested for drug dealing in Tranmere
As part of #OpTarget, Wirral Police is targeting drug dealing in and around Harrowby Road, Tranmere.
On Saturday 1 May, officers disrupted some drug dealing activity in the alleyway there and a female was arrested. There was a search of the female’s house, where further drugs were recovered and the electricity meter found to be by-passed.
This area remains a priority for Wirral Police and they will continue working hard alongside the community to address drug dealing and violence there.
UXB found at West Kirby
Police attended West Kirby, following the discovery of a suspected unexploded ordnance device on Sunday 2 May.
Emergency services were called around 4.30pm, after the device was found by a member of the public. The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team attended, examined the device and have secured the area. The device, believed to be a mortar ordnance, was safely removed later in the evening. Wirral Police thanked the community for their patience while they dealt with this incident.
Patrols in Wirral parks as a part of #ParkSafe operation
Officers from #Teambeb continued their patrols in local parks. They attended a number of parks and open spaces throughout Wirral as part of the ongoing #ParkSafe operation.
Officers from the Merseyside Police’s Project Medusa team have arrested 14 people following a joint Merseyside Police and North Wales investigation into County Lines drug dealing into Bangor and Anglesey on Friday 30 April.
The activity was part of ongoing Project Medusa, an operation led by Merseyside Police and set up to tackle County Lines drug dealing and child criminal exploitation. Two children and vulnerable adults were safeguarded as part of the operation.
Amongst those arrested was an 18-year-old man from Rock Ferry was stop searched by police on St Peter’s Road, Rock Ferry and found to be carrying eight bags of cannabis and a significant amount of cash. He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (cannabis). He has since been released under investigation.
Merseyside Police has arrested a man on suspicion of attempted child abduction in Wirral.
On Thursday 29 April, at around 5.45pm, police received a report of a man approaching two children in a black Skoda SUV car on Hoole Road, Woodchurch.
He was reported to have encouraged the children to get into his car. The children were able to run away from the vehicle and were thankfully unharmed.
Merseyside Police attended Harrowby Road on Tuesday 4 May as part of their ongoing #OpTarget activity reducing serious violence and organised crime.
Officers have spoken to many residents who visited the mobile Police station to discuss the concerns they have around drug supply and anti-social behaviour in the area.
Man arrested for possession of lock-knife
On the morning of Monday 3 May, Wirral Police responded to a report of a man with a knife in Ashville Road near to Birkenhead Park.
Police carried out a stop-search and arrested a 47 year old man who was in possession of a lock knife. On Tuesday 4 May, he was charged with possession of a bladed article and kept in custody for Court.
Merseyside elected a new Police and Crime Commissioner on 6 May 2021. Jane Kennedy, who is the current PCC for Merseyside announced in 2019 that she would not be standing for re-election.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives with responsibility for policing in each police area in England and Wales. Each police area (with the exception of Greater London and Greater Manchester, where the directly elected mayor is the policing authority instead) elects a commissioner every four years.
The elections for PCCs was due to take place in 2020, but were postponed until 6 May 2021, due to COVID-19. In the 2016 PCC election, Merseyside had a turnout of 302,253, representing 30.2% of the voting population. Jane Kennedy was reelected taking 186,661 votes, representing 61.8% of those who voted. The result of the election is expected over the weekend.
Two arrested by off-duty officer for theft from car
It was reported on Tuesday 4 May that on Saturday an off-duty officer observed two people steal a handbag from a parked car in Town Lane, Bebington.
The officer arrested them and the property was recovered and returned to the owner.
A 30-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man have been charged with Theft. Police reminded residents to lock their cars and not to leave valuables on show, even if your car is parked on the driveway. Often cars are broken into and loose change, sunglasses or even CDs are stolen.
Detectives have charged a man with drug offences following the discovery of a cannabis farm in Wavertree on Tuesday 4 April.
At around 9.20am, a warrant was carried out at a house in Taunton Street, Wavertree. Around 175 plants were seized from across four rooms, as well as equipment.
Drug driver arrested at Birkenhead Tunnel entrance
As part of Operation Vermont, Merseyside Police has been working with Tunnels Police. After spotting a faulty headlight officers had cause to speak with an adult male who was a short time later arrested for drug driving after failing a drug wipe.
He also provided false details to officers and further offences were identified such as obstruct police, no license, no insurance. Vehicle seized and male arrested.
Man arrested for breaching gang injunction
Operation Vermont officers have been working in collaboration with Tunnels policing colleagues.
The aim is to ensure Chief Kennedy’s priorities of tackling serious and organised crime and community engagement are achieved. Police arrested a male for breaching his gang injunction
Drugs warrant executed in Birkenhead
Following local residents’ reports of drug dealing within the Borough Road area of Birkenhead, officers executed a Warrant tackling serious and organised crime on Wednesday 5 May. A police spokesperson said, “Please keep telling the police information through social media DM or crime stoppers. We will continue this work.“
Man arrested at Woodchurch for possession of knives
Officers patrolling New Hey Road, Woodchurch as part of Op Vermont have stopped a male in possession of 2 knives on Wednesday 5 May. The male was arrested and weapons seized. A police spokesperson said, “We will continue to tackle serious and organised crime and protect our communities.“
Drugs seized and man arrested at Birkenhead Tunnel entrance
Op Vermont and Tunnels Police in a joint effort to tackle serious and organised crime have arrested an adult male for possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply after he tried to avoid them. He was arrested for this offence plus drug driving.
If you have any information in relation to drugs, drug dealing, weapons or any other type of criminality, police want to hear from you. Get in touch and let police know through 101, 999 if an emergency, on Facebook, Twitter @merpolcc or even call Crimestoppers anonymously.
Dealer arrested for possession with intent to supply
Op Vermont officers have been hard at work throughout the day and came across a male who had a amount of cannabis on his person. In line with protecting vulnerable people and tackling serious and organised crime officers conducted a further search to find a lot more cannabis. He was arrested for possession with intent to supply class B drugs.
Three months since the discovery of the body of a baby boy in Bebington, Wirral detectives are continuing to appeal for the public to come forward with information.
The full-term baby boy was found at 4.25pm on Friday 29th January in a wooded area at the side of a footpath close to the 16th green of Brackenwood golf course in Bracken Lane in Bebington. A post-mortem to establish the cause of death proved inconclusive.
A number of lines of enquiry have been examined, including suggestions about the identity of the baby’s mother, but all have been ruled out and enquiries are continuing.
Scooter seized and sword found in street
As part of the on-going Operation Target across Merseyside, on Wednesday 5 May, local policing officers from Bebington seized yet another electric scooter being ridden illegally on our roads in the Birkenhead area.
They had also been patrolling the areas of Elmswood Road and Harrowby Road in the Tranmere area, where a large discarded sword was located hidden in an alley way. A police spokesperson said, “The item will now be destroyed and thankfully did not fall into the wrong hands.”
Merseyside Police has issued CCTV images of four people we would like to speak to after three teenagers were assaulted in Birkenhead.
At around 8.30pm on Thursday 8th April, the three males, aged 18, 17 and 19, were walking in a park near to Claughton Road when they were confronted by a large group of youths. The three teenagers were then chased by the group, racially abused and assaulted.
The teenagers attempted to enter a shop on Claughton Road but were followed into the shop where the assault continued. Damage was also caused to a window during the incident.
Man charged with Class A drugs supply
Merseyside Police has charged a 28-year-old man with drug offences after a car was stopped in Birkenheadon Wednesday 5 May. At 3.10pm officers stopped a grey VW Polo near the Queensway Tunnel, detained a man and following a search of the car, seized a quantity of Class A drugs.
Kevin Hughes, 28, of Mallow Road, Liverpool has now been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and driving a vehicle while unfit through drugs. He was remanded in custody and appeared at Wirral Adult Remand Court on Thursday 6 May.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a white Ford Fiesta was stolen from a street in Spital on Saturday, 1 May.
A report was received at around 11.15pm that the car had just been taken from Hillwood Close.
The car stolen was a white Ford Fiesta with the registration DG15 EZS.
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