Wirral Police weekly news round-up 2 April 2022

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

‘Multiple lines of enquiry’ following Pensby man’s death

Detectives are completing multiple lines of enquiry after the body of a man was found on Smallridge Close, Pensby on Sunday, 27 March. 

At this stage, police are treating this incident as an unexplained death and, at this stage of the investigation, police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. 

At around 4am police received a report that a body had been found outside an address on Smallridge Close. 

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Next of kin appeal – Deborah Watt

Can you help trace the next-of-kin of a person from Wirral who has passed away?

The Coroner is appealing for information to trace the next of kin of a 69-year-old Wirral woman.

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Illegal off-road motorcycling targeted

The Merseyside Police Roads Policing unit Motorcycle Team have again been patrolling in Wirral following reports from the public.

Acting upon intelligence, officers targeted areas and tracks reported to be used by illegal off-road and stolen motorcycles.

Suspicious package reported in Greasby confirmed to be safe

Emergency services attended Leslie Avenue in Greasby on Tuesday 29 March following a report relating to a suspicious package in a garden.

Merseyside Police Officers were called just before 1pm and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) attended to assess the package and a cordon was put in place.

The item was confirmed to be safe and those who had been evacuated from neighbouring properties allowed to return to their homes and roads were re-opened.

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Specialist bicycle returned to owner following theft

Constable Ford has returned a specialist pedal cycle to its rightful and grateful owner.

It was stolen several months ago in Wirral and was recovered by officers from TeamWallasey during a recent Day of Action in Liscard.

Man charged with rape and sexual assault of teenage girl

Detectives investigating a report a teenage girl from Wirral was groomed, raped and sexually assaulted have arrested a man from Northern Ireland.

A girl in Wirral, now 15, reported to her school that she had been subject to sexual offences by a man since 2019.

Officers investigating the offences travelled to Northern Ireland and executed a warrant on Monday 28 March.

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Police warn of car crime

Wirral Police has issued a warning regarding ongoing vehicle interference crimes taking place across Wirral.

Offenders are operating in Raby Mere, around the area of Blakeley Road and Mere Avenue. Reports have also been made in Eastham on roads such as Kilburn Avenue and in Spital on Orston Crescent.

A police spokesperson said, “Please keep vehicles locked at all times and do not leave valuables within.”

Arrest made following targeted Woodchurch shooting

A man has been arrested following the shooting of a man in Woodchurch on Tuesday 22 March.

At around 6.30pm, officers were called to a report of a shooting on Hoole Road, at its junction with Ferny Brow Road.

A 23-year-old man presented at hospital afterwards with several gunshot wounds. He remains in hospital with life changing injuries.

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Six points and £1,000 fine for mobile phone use while driving

From 25 March 2022, motorists are breaking the law if they use a handheld mobile phone behind the wheel for any use, including to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games – as the government closes a loophole previously exploited by dangerous drivers to escape conviction.

Anyone caught using their handheld device while driving could face a fine of up to £1,000 as well as 6 points on their licence or a full driving ban.

The government’s award-winning THINK! team is also launching an £800,000 awareness campaign to remind drivers not to use a handheld phone at the wheel and of the penalties if choosing to ignore this new law.

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