Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 17 February 2024

This is the Birkenhead News round-up of emergency services news in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.

Wirral paedophile jailed for 18 years

A man from Liscard has been sentenced to 18 years in prison with three years on extended licence after being found guilty of 30 counts of historical sexual abuse against two children in Wallasey.

Brian Cawood, 61, of Liscard, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, 14 February, after a jury found him guilty of the various offences, which date back to the 1980s and 1990s.

Cawood has also been handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be required to sign the Sex Offender Register for life.

Read more …

Woman suffers ‘serious’ injuries in Rock Ferry collision

Merseyside Police has confirmed that emergency services were in Rock Ferry following a road traffic collision on Monday, 12 February.

At around 7.30am, a report was received of a collision involving a car and a bicycle outside Lidl on St Paul’s Road, near to the junction with Old Chester Road.

The cyclist, a woman in her 40s, was taken to hospital. She sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries and enquiries are ongoing.

Read more …

Man charged in connection with Liscard knifepoint robbery

At around 5.15pm on Tuesday, 30 January, it was reported that a 12-year-old boy was riding his mountain bike with his friend on St Albans Road in Liscard.

The boy was approached from behind by a group of boys riding two electric mountain bikes while one was on foot. The victim was pushed from behind and fell from his bike as he was threatened by one of the boys with a large knife.

The group then took the boy’s bike and made off towards the Central Park area.

Read more …

Woman found dead at Oxton property

Just after 6.30pm on Tuesday, 13 February, Merseyside Police received a report of a concern for safety of a woman at a property on Shrewsbury Road in Oxton.

Police patrols found a woman who was unresponsive inside the property.

She was sadly pronounced deceased by emergency services. 

Read more …

Pedestrian suffers serious head injury in Rock Ferry collision

Emergency services were in attendance in Rock Ferry following a road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Monday 12 February.

The incident was reported at around 9.35am, when a car being driven on Bedford Road was in collision with a female pedestrian aged in her 20s.

The driver stopped at the scene and the pedestrian was taken to hospital with a serious head injury.

Read more …

Merseyside Police braced for further cuts as budget gap widens

Merseyside Police is bracing for more savings to be made in the next financial year despite almost £3m being slashed in the last 12 months.

As budgetary pressures continue on police forces up and down the country, officials are having to make difficult decisions on where to cut their cloth. Earlier this week, it was confirmed the amount we all pay to fund the service in our region will increase from April.

Now, financial documents have revealed how the force will have to prepare for deeper cuts in the next year.

Read more …

Wirral man recalled to prison for breaching licence conditions

A Wirral man has been recalled to prison after breaching the conditions of his licence.

Bradley Bowe, 25, of no fixed abode, was arrested on Friday, 9 February, following a stop check and was subsequently recalled to prison.

Bowe was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2019 for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in North Wales.

Read more …

Free bike marking events taking place across Wirral

Merseyside Police is inviting the public to get their bikes security marked at a series of free events across the region.

The force is working in partnership with Bike Register to host bike marking events throughout the year. Since July 2023, more than 1,000 bikes have been registered by officers. 

Bike Register is the UK’s national bike marking and registration scheme, which helps to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and return recovered bikes to their rightful owners.

Read more …

Wirral man arrested following incident in Liverpool city centre

Police arrested four men and seized a large quantity of suspected Class B drugs and cash following an incident in Liverpool city centre over the weekend.

At around 1am on Saturday, 10 February, officers who were patrolling the city centre saw a man acting suspiciously on Cheapside.

When the man was stopped, officers had the power to search him and during this process, a quantity of suspected Class A drugs fell from his coat sleeve.

Read more …

Police close down Birkenhead cannabis farm

Officers from Bebington Police station located a cannabis farm in Birkenhead on Monday, 12 February.

At around 9am, officers discovered the farm within a property on Grange Road West, Birkenhead.

Officers attended and discovered around 150 cannabis plants growing in rooms of the property.

Read more …

Seacombe man charged with drugs offences

A man from Seacombe has appeared in court after being charged with drug supply offences.

Scott Fitzpatrick, 33, of Seacombe, was arrested on Wednesday, 7 February by officers involved in EVOLVE Wirral.

He was subsequently charged with being concerned in the supply of suspected crack cocaine and heroin as well as possession of cannabis.

Read more …

Merseyside unites behind new plan to drive forward the work to prevent serious violence

Organisations across Merseyside united on Friday, 9 February to launch a new plan to drive forward the work to prevent and reduce serious violence across our region.

Statistics released last week show serious violence on Merseyside has decreased by 8% in the past year, knife crime is down by 18.6% and gun crime is at the lowest level since records began 22 years ago.

The new Merseyside Serious Violence Duty Strategy focuses on how agencies across Merseyside can work even closer together to continue to drive this downward trend, preventing more people being drawn into serious violence, creating a safer, stronger region.

Read more …

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

Why not follow Birkenhead News on Facebook, Twitterand Threads? You can also send story ideas or letters to the editor to news@birkenhead.news