Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 18 May 2024

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

Man jailed for 27 years for child sex offences

A man has been jailed for 27 years for multiple child sex offences which took place in Wirral more than 30 years ago.

Raymond Hawthorne, 59 years, formerly of Crescent Road in Bolton, was sentenced to 27 years in prison and eight years on extended licence at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, 14 May, after he was found guilty following a trial in March to multiple sexual offences towards children.

Following a long investigation, detectives charged Hawthorne and he was convicted of 14 counts of child sex offences including rape of a boy under 16 years (namely 12-13 years), indecency and indecent assaults on children dating back to 1980s and 1990s when he lived in Wirral.

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Man charged after dealing heroin and crack in Liscard’s Central Park

A man arrested in Central Park in Wallasey has been charged with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

This is a part of Merseyside Police’s ongoing work to tackle county lines drug dealing.

The force’s county lines taskforce, as part of Project Medusa, arrested the man in Central Park on Thursday, 16 May.

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Two men charged with firearms offences in Wirral

Detectives have charged two men as part of an ongoing investigation into firearms offences in Wirral.

At around 10.30pm on Tuesday, 26 March, officers were called to New Chester Road in New Ferry to reports of shots being fired at 10.05pm.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage caused in the area after officers carried out CCTV, house-to-house and witness enquiries.

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Merseyside Police firearms officer dismissed without notice for misconduct

A Firearms Officer at Merseyside Police has been dismissed from the force without notice.

He will be barred from becoming a police officer anywhere in the UK after he was found to have sent racist and homophobic messages, and stolen property from police premises.

Following an extensive investigation by the force’s Professional Standards Department, Daniel Johnson, aged 44, was also found to have held a birthday party while covid restrictions prevented it, and consumed alcohol while on duty.

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Man set to appear at Liverpool Crown Court following stabbing at Wirral railway station

A man has been charged following a stabbing at Hamilton Square railway station on Wednesday, 8 May.

Officers were called to Hamilton Square station at 3.07pm on 8 May to reports of a stabbing.

British Transport Police officers attended alongside North West Ambulance Service paramedics and one person was taken to hospital.

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Latest figures show £500k of parking fines issued in Wirral during 2023

New data shows which parts of Wirral have the highest incidences of parking fines issued.

In 2023, 16,785 fines were issued by Wirral Council, an increase of more than 1,700 fines compared to 2022. In 2024, the local authority said 2,957 fines had been issued by 19 March.

The data, which came from a Freedom of Information request, shows the council issued fines of £506,347 in 2023, up from £347,930 in 2022 and £67,665 so far in 2024. However, between 2022 and 2024, 5,543 fines are still outstanding, while 2,972 have been successfully appealed.

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‘Menacing’ nurse tried to steal patient’s money

A “menacing” nurse locked a vulnerable patient in a hospital toilet to steal her money and altered records to cover his tracks.

Agency worker Bharat Chauhan asked a woman known as patient A if she had any money when he took her into a toilet cubicle during a night shift at Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, in June 2022.

Mr Chauhan took the cash and put it in his tunic pocket before telling the woman she was confused and the money was in fact his.

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Ongoing EVOLVE Wirral initiative leads to 800 arrests in 12 months

More than 800 arrests have been made and hundreds of thousands of pounds of suspected drugs seized in an area of Wirral where a Home Office Clear, Hold, Build initiative to improve communities affected by serious and organised crime was launched 12 months ago.

Known locally as EVOLVE Wirral, the Build phase, designed to build communities into more prosperous and safer areas resilient to gang-related activity was launched on 18 May last year. 

Since then, police and partners have been working hard to rid the areas of criminality while supporting and strengthening these communities.

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Four arrests after drugs found at Greasby house

Police have arrested four men after cannabis, suspected cocaine, and MDMA tablets were found at a house in Greasby on Thursday, 16 May.

At around 4pm officers spotted a man on an electric bike on New Hey Road who rode away from them when he noticed their vehicle. Officers stopped the man and found a block of cannabis resin in his bag.

The 19-year-old man from Greasby was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to sell class B drugs.

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Man arrested following assault in Birkenhead town centre

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of assault following an incident in Birkenhead town centre on Saturday, 11 May.

At around 7.30pm, the ambulance service informed officers of a man in his 30s being found with a head injury outside the Charing Cross Hotel pub on Grange Road West. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

Following enquiries, a 53-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested on suspicion of Section 18 wounding and taken into custody. He has since been conditionally bailed pending further enquiries.

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Birkenhead shopkeeper fined for underage vape sales

A retailer in Birkenhead town centre will have to pay out more than £2,700 after being found guilty of illegally selling a vape to a 15-year-old.

The proprietor of Grange News in St Werburgh’s Square, Mr Al-Mardai, did not attend the hearing at Wirral Magistrates Court on Thursday, 16 May, but the case was heard in his absence and Magistrates accepted that the prosecutors, working on behalf of Wirral Trading Standards, proved the facts of the case.

The prosecution was brought after a 15-year-old volunteer went into the shop last August as part of a test purchasing operation and was able to buy a vape without being challenged to prove their age at the time of the sale.

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Ask your questions about policing in Merseyside

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is inviting people to submit their questions for the Chief Constable and her senior team as she prepares for her first public Scrutiny Meeting of her second term as PCC. 

Emily Spurrell is responsible for holding the Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy, to account for delivering on her policing and community safety priorities and maintaining an efficient and effective police service in Merseyside.

One of the key ways the Police Commissioner undertakes this crucial role is through quarterly public Scrutiny Meetings, which include questions submitted by the public which she then puts to the Chief Constable and her Chief Officer team.

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