Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 17 June 2023

This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.

Man seriously assaulted in Moreton

Merseyside Police has confirmed that a serious injury assault took place in Moreton.

Officers were called to Hoylake Road near to the Coach and Horses pub at about 6.23pm on Thursday, 15 June following reports of a serious injury assault.

The 44-year-old victim has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries to his arm and hand.

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Wirral sees signs of more young people using heroin

Experts have warned Wirral is seeing signs of more young people using heroin.

The comments were made during a Wirral Council health and social care meeting. Statistics show there were 205 hospital admissions for drug-related issues for those aged 15 to 24 between 2018 to 2021, higher than the national average.

Across all ages, it is estimated more than 3,000 people use opiates or crack cocaine on the Wirral with more than 1,000 not in treatment. Across Wirral, 77% of all opiate clients live in the most deprived areas and 45% are aged over the age of 50.

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17-year-old boy jailed for rape of girl

A 17-year-old boy from Wirral was sentenced on Monday 12 June, to five years in prison for raping a teenage girl.

The boy, who cannot be named due to reporting restrictions because of his age, was sentenced to five years in a Young Offenders Institute and given an eight-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order at Liverpool Crown Court.

Following an investigation, detectives charged the offender for the rape of female under 16 years of age and threatening behaviour in a private place with a knife.

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Dogs Die in hot cars

Please don’t leave your four-legged friend in your vehicle during hot weather.

Dogs can overheat really quickly, even with a window open, and with access to water.

If you see a dog in distress call 999.

To view further information from the RSPCA please visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/dogsinhotcars

Supermarket found to have employed people illegally

A supermarket could lose its licence next week after it was found to have employed people illegally.

Family Shopper, on Bedford Road in Rock Ferry, had its licence to sell alcohol called in after it was found in February 2023 there were two people working illegally on the premises, a Wirral Council meeting was told.

That matter is still under investigation and the supermarket changed hands on May 12. However, councillors still had concerns about the new owner, PK Retail Limited’s links to those previously involved in the business.

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Man jailed for sexual offences with two children

A man has been jailed for ten and a half years for sexual offences with one child in the 1970s and another child in the 1990s.

Philip Rogers, who is originally from Wirral, had earlier plead guilty to possessing indecent images of a child.

Rogers, aged 64, of Liverpool, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 14 June after being found guilty of two counts of attempted sexual assault and four counts of indecent assaults. 

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Man arrested following multiple fires in Birkenhead

Merseyside Police has confirmed that emergency services are currently at several addresses in Birkenhead following reports of multiple fires in the area.

Just after 4.50am on the morning of 17 June, officers were called to a report of a fire at an address on Claughton Road that had caused damage to other properties.

Nine other fires to skips and vehicles in the nearby area were also reported. 

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Two women sentenced for knife crime offences

Two women have been convicted of knife crime offences, and as a result are the first offenders in the country to be issued with Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs). 

Sarah Dowson, aged 35, of Birkenhead, appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 7 June where she pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. She was sentenced to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, 25 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and issued an SVRO with a duration of two years.   

Vivian Holland, aged 50, of no fixed address, appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 7 June where she pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing a knife blade in a public place. She was sentenced to 17 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 30 days of Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and issued an SVRO with a duration of 18 months.    

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Merseyside Police Chief Constable awarded King’s Policing Medal in birthday honours

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy has been awarded the King’s Police Medal (KPM) in the King’s Birthday Honours.

Serena became Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in April 2021 after joining the force from Cheshire Police as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2017.

She has served as a police officer for 30 years and is committed to providing the public of Merseyside with a professional and effective policing service that puts our communities at the heart of everything it does.

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