Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 19 August 2023

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

Two males sought following Wallasey knifepoint robbery

Merseyside Police has released an image of two males who could have information following a knifepoint robbery in Wallasey on Friday 7 July.

At about 6.10pm, a 15-year-old boy waiting to meet a friend in the grounds of Claremount Methodist Church was approached by two males.

One of the males took a wooden-handled serrated knife, measuring around 10in, from his waistband. The knife had a small hole near the base of the handle.

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Lucy Letby guilty of murdering seven babies at Countess of Chester hospital

A nurse has been convicted of murdering newborn babies at the hospital where she worked.

Lucy Letby used a variety of methods to secretly attack a total of 13 babies on the neonatal ward at the Countess of Chester hospital between 2015 and 2016.

Seven babies died as a result and the jury found Letby guilty of their murder.

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Family pay tribute to woman killed in Thornton Hough RTC

The family of Christine Jones who sadly died following a road traffic collision in Thornton Hough on Monday 14 August have paid tribute.

Emergency services were called to Thornton Common Road just after 9pm following a collision involving a blue Ford Fiesta and a blue Peugeot 3008 being driven on Thornton Common Road.

Three people were taken to hospital. Two male drivers sustained serious injuries which are not life-threatening. 

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Boy injured in machete bike robbery in Bidston

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery where a teenager was stabbed in the hand in Bidston on Tuesday 15 August.

Just after 10pm a 17-year-old boy was riding on an electric bike with a friend along an alleyway between St Oswalds Avenue and Bidston Village Road when he was confronted by two males.

One suspect threw a bicycle on the floor in front of him, causing him to swerve and come off his bike. The second suspect then stole the keys to his bike, struck the victim in the hand with a machete and they made off on the electric bike.

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Man charged after double fatal collision near Ellesmere Port

Officers investigating a fatal collision in Dunkirk near Ellesmere Port have charged a man in connection with the incident.

Benjamin Lewis, of Neston, was arrested on 23 December 2021 following a fatal collision on the A5117, near to the junction of the M56.

The 30-year-old has since been issued with a postal summons to appear at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8 September, where he will be charged with two counts of death by dangerous driving.

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Suspect sought in Woodchurch shooting incident

Detectives have issued a CCTV image of a man who could have information that may assist with their enquiries following a report in June that shots were fired in Woodchurch.

At around 6.45pm on Wednesday 8 June 2022, reports were received that three men ran into a pub on Arrowe Park Road shouting shots were fired at them.

No one was reported injured during the incident.

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Driver flees scene of M53 collision

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage following a fail-to-stop collision on the M53.

At 2.34pm on Monday 14 August, police were called to reports of a collision on top of junction 7 on the M53 southbound (towards Chester).

The collision involved two vehicles, a blue Jaguar, and a black Vauxhall Corsa, causing substantial damage to both vehicles.

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Aerial cameras to be used to help identify traffic offences at collision hotspots

New aerial cameras will be used to assist Merseyside Police in identifying traffic offences at collision hotspots.

This is the latest road safety initiative introduced by the Matrix Roads Policing Unit to tackle the most common causes of collisions, known as The Fatal 4.

The new cameras will also support the aims of Vision Zero, which was launched last year by Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, and Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, supported by Merseyside Police, which aims to have zero deaths or serious injuries on our roads by 2040.

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Merseyside Cyber Security Programme launched

Up to 300 Merseyside businesses will benefit from the first free police-backed cyber resilience programme in the region, launched on 9 August by the North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC).

The Merseyside Cyber Security Programme has been funded by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell and Chief Constable Serena Kennedy using money and assets seized from criminals through the Proceeds of Crime Act, which they are channelling into positive initiatives to prevent crime and protect the vulnerable.

The programme offers free training and education to small and medium-sized businesses across the region to help tackle the growing threats posed by cyber attacks, such as phishing or malware attacks.

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