This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of Merseyside Police activity in Wirral during the previous seven days.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is supporting a national survey inviting the public to have their say on potential changes to the licensing of firearms and shotguns in England and Wales.
Emily Spurrell is encouraging Merseyside residents to take part in a consultation by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC).
The short online survey asks for your views on issues including the amount of scrutiny of medical records and social media posts that police should undertake when granting or renewing a license; and whether or not an applicant should pay the full costs of having their request processed.
Rural Crime – Week of Action
Rural crime is on the rise and it is a serious issue for farmers, businesses and those who live in the Wirral countryside.
Whether it is large-scale, industrial fly-tipping, hare coursing, livestock theft or machinery theft, rural crime has a devastating effect on farms and other rural businesses.
Those responsible for this blight on our countryside are suspected of having links to organised crime. It is vital that we bring them to justice.
That’s where you can help. You can either:
- Call Merseyside Police on 101, report via the Merseyside Police website at : https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
- Report via Social Media : On Twitter – Direct Message @MerPolCC On Facebook – Direct Message Merseyside Police Contact Centre
- Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or complete their online form to give information anonymously about any of these type of crimes at : https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously
Wildlife Crime – Such as Hare Coursing, Poaching, Badger Baiting and Bat Crime. Learn more : https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/rural-crime/wildlife-crime
Environmental Crime – Such as Arson, Heritage Crime, Serious and Organised Waste Crime and Fly Tipping. Learn more : https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/rural-crime/environmental-crime
Theft – Such as Theft of farm equipment, vehicles and machinery, Livestock Theft and Equine Theft etc. Learn more : https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/rural-crime/theft
Plain-clothed officers arrest man for dealing crack cocaine in New Brighton
Local Officers from Team Wallasey have been asked by the community to target drug dealing issues in New Brighton and Seacombe.
On Tuesday 5 October, Officers deployed on plain-clothed foot patrol and arrested a male in New Brighton for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine.
An investigation is now on-going. Information from the community is vital to target drug dealing issues in the area. If you have information on drug dealing or any crime in your area, please report this anonymously to Crimestoppers
New images have been released by Merseyside Police in the search for a 37-year-old woman from Liverpool who is missing from home.
Sarah Rugen was last seen at Arrowe Park Hospital, Birkenhead on Wednesday 29 September.
She is described as a white female, 5ft 3in tall of slim build with long shoulder-length blonde hair.
A man has been charged with drugs offences as part of an ongoing investigation into drugs supply in Merseyside and beyond.
John Hassall of Moreton was arrested on Monday 4 October and charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine) and importation of cannabis.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court on Tuesday 5 October.
Merseyside Police has arrested a man on suspicion of various offences following a theft in Birkenhead in the early hours of Tuesday 5 October.
At around 12.20am, officers were called to Wirral Way Service Station on Borough Road to reports of a Mini being stolen from the forecourt. With the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, a search was carried out of the area and the car was found to have crashed in Park Road South.
Further enquiries led to a man being detained at a nearby address.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has responded to comments by the Prime Minister that he does not support making misogyny a hate crime.
Emily Spurrell said, “It is incredibly frustrating that this Government has rolled back on its commitment to launch a pilot requiring police forces across England and Wales to treat misogyny as a hate crime.
“This was a direct recommendation from the Law Commission and, in March, it was announced that data collection would begin in the autumn.”
Police visit Larch Road, Tranmere as part of community initiative
Wirral Police officers met with residents of Larch Road Tranmere and Cllr Emily Gleaves to celebrate the completion of a colourful uplifting beach themed Mural by artist Inky Pickles.
The visit was a part of the police’s ongoing initiative to clean up, improve & support the local community.
Encouraging Residents to work together, making our alleyways, streets and parks a nicer, safer place to live, play and socialise
Detectives are appealing for information following a suspected arson attack in Wallasey in the early hours of Thursday 7 October.
At around 4.45am, officers and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) were called to Exeter Road to reports of a wheelie bin and car on fire.
Nobody was injured and a joint investigation is underway.
At around 9.30am on Wednesday 6 October, officers executed two Misuse of Drugs Act warrants at addresses on Mackenzie Road, Leasowe.
CBD oil and cannabis chocolate was seized, as well as a large quantity of cash.
A 39-year-old man at the address was issued with a community resolution and will attend a police station for interview.
Detectives investigating an assault in Arrowe Park have issued an image of two men they’d like to speak to in connection with their investigation.
At around 6.10pm on Tuesday 21 September, police received a report that a male victim walking his dog near Arrowe Park playing fields was assaulted. It was reported that the victim was driven into by an off-road bike and kicked and punched by two male suspects.
It was further reported that the victim was hit with a metal bar on his back. The victim suffered minor injuries and was left shaken by the incident.
Merseyside Police has asked readers to please share and help the Coroner’s Office find the next of kin for a Birkenhead man who recently passed away.
The man was believed to be Norman Cook, aged 77, of Southwick Road, Tranmere, who sadly died at this home on Thursday 30 September.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
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Images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.