This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Chief Constable issues statement regarding Queen Elizabeth II
Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy, has issued a statement on behalf of everyone at Merseyside Police:
“It is with great sadness that on Thursday 8 September we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 70th year of her reign.
“We offer our solemn and sincere condolences to the Royal Family as this very sad time.
“The thoughts of everyone at Merseyside Police are very much with them as we remember and pay tribute to Her Majesty and give thanks to her 70 years’ unwavering service as sovereign.
“Our flags will be flying at half mast as a sign of our respect during this period of national mourning and our thoughts are with the many people around Merseyside who will also be affected by this sad news.”
A man has been charged after officers discovered over 60 wraps of suspected Class A drugs in Birkenhead.
On Saturday 3 September officers attending an address in the area searched a man inside the property and found over 60 wraps of suspected Class A drugs and a quantity of Class C drugs.
Paul Francis of Birkenhead, aged 51 was charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (Cocaine and Heroin.)
Two brothers who deliberately hit a man with a car in Ellesmere Port have been jailed.
Kieran Cunnah, 30, of Mickle Trafford and Joe Cunnah, 23, of Liverpool appeared at Chester Crown Court on 25 August where they were both sentenced to 32 months imprisonment for their parts in the incident.
They both pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving while Kieran also pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage.
Merseyside Police has confirmed enquiries are underway following the discovery of a man’s body in Tower Quays on Friday 9 September.
At around 9.55am, emergency services were called to a report that the body of a man had been seen in the water.
North West Ambulance attended and he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Across Merseyside, police have arrested 547 people, seized over 100 vehicles, and executed 125 warrants which led to several firearms being recovered as part of Operation Miller targeting serious and organised crime.
Three arrests were made in Wirral as part of Operation Presley targeting organised criminality in the area. One man aged 38 from Woodchurch was arrested on suspicion of drug driving in the area.
Two men aged 41, also from Woodchurch, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs after officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis from their car. Officers searched the vehicle and found a large quantity of cannabis inside.
Merseyside’s PCC releases annual report recognising challenges and achievements from first year in office
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has reflected on the achievements and challenges of her first year in office as she releases her annual report for 2021/22.
The report provides an overview of Emily Spurrell’s activities and key successes activities from when she took post in May 2021 until the end of the financial year in March. It covers the recruitment of 160 new police officers, securing £4m of extra funding for the region and major campaigns focused on preventing sexual violence, domestic abuse and hate crime.
It also details the progress against the priorities set out in her Police and Crime Plan and shines a spotlight on some of the key projects being undertaken to increase the safety of people and communities in Merseyside including Safer Streets initiatives, the You’re Safe Here scheme and the Domestic Abuse Workplace scheme.
Detectives are investigating the unexplained death of a woman in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Saturday 10 September.
Emergency services were called to the Adelphi Hotel at 6.37am to reports of a concern for safety.
A 26-year-old man, from Seacombe; a 46-year-old man from Liverpool and a 49-year-old man from Widnes have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident, but detectives are keeping an open mind.
A man has been jailed following the death of a woman in a collision on the A550 in Ledsham.
Mark Holland, of Little Sutton, had left work and was driving along Welsh Road when a collision occurred with three other vehicles at 6.55pm on Monday 30 September 2019.
The 35-year-old was driving a Honda Civic that collided with a Vauxhall Zafira, BMW and a Ford KA.
Some images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.
For regular crime and police-related updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/crimewatchwirral