Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 20 January 2024

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

Family pay tribute to ‘beautiful soul’ who died in Bromborough collision

The family of a man who died in a road traffic collision in Bromborough on Wednesday, 10 January, have issued a tribute.

Jason Threlfall, aged 36, was tragically killed in a collision at the junction of Stadium Road and Commercial Road after it was reported that his motorbike had been in collision with a Kia Sportage car.

The driver of the Kia Sportage car stopped at the scene.

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Woman arrested in Wirral on suspicion of being a loan shark

A 31-year-old woman was arrested in Wirral on 16 January, on suspicion of illegal money lending.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) worked in partnership with officers from Merseyside Police to execute a warrant at an address in the Leasowe area.

Officers seized documents and electronic devices.

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Wirral Police crack down on one-way offenders in New Ferry

Numerous businesses and residents have complained to Merseyside Police about the number of drivers they see contravening the one-way system in New Ferry town centre causing a risk to pedestrians and other road users.

In response to these complaints, Officers from Wirral Targeted Team conducted enforcement in the area and a number of drivers were reported for contravening the no entry.

Police enforcement of 20mph limits to begin

Merseyside Police will enforce 20 mph speed limits on more than 1,700 roads in Wirral.

Posting on social media, Wirral Council confirmed speed limits introduced in the first phase of the road safety scheme over the summer of 2023 will now be managed by police. The second phase of the new limits on nearly 1,000 roads will be rolled out in 2024 with two more to follow.

The first phase was unanimously approved in January despite some opposition to the proposals.

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Three arrests in Tranmere after police spot drug deal in progress

Three people have been arrested and suspected Class A drugs have been seized this week, as part of ongoing work to tackle county lines drug dealing.

The force’s county lines taskforce, as part of Project Medusa, arrested a 61-year-old man, and two 16-year-old boys while on patrol in Tranmere on Wednesday, 17 January.

Plain-clothed officers sighted a suspected drug deal between a group of males in a Vauxhall Corsa and a male on foot. Following a stop search, officers seized wraps of suspected heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.

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Uninsured and unsupervised learner drug driver arrested

Wirral Targeted officers stopped this vehicle in Birkenhead on 13 January. Checks revealed that the driver had a provisional licence and was unsupervised, was not on the insurance policy and failed a drug wipe for Cannabis.

When checked with the owner of the vehicle, it was further revealed that the driver did not have permission to use the vehicle.

The vehicle has been seized and the driver has been arrested for unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, drug driving and other Road Traffic Act offences.

West Kirby rapist jailed for 6 years

A man has been jailed after raping and sexually assaulting a woman in Ellesmere Port.

Max Dufley, 34, of West Kirby, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday, 16 January, where he was sentenced to six years.

He was previously found guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault by penetration.

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Weapons and drugs seized as part of Wirral Section 60 Orders

A total of 38 stop searches have been carried out, a number of people have been arrested, and drugs and weapons seized as part of two Section 60 Orders that are currently in place in Wirral.

Section 60 Orders were implemented in Wirral in response to a stabbing in Seacombe on Wednesday, 10 January, after a man aged in his 20s was attacked by a group of males armed with a machete on Oakdale Avenue. The victim remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The Orders, under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, were first put in place from 7pm on Thursday, 11 January, will remain in place until 7pm on Saturday, 13 January.

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Reminder of £20k fine amid concern over uprooted plants on Hoylake beach

A £20,000 fine warning has been issued after new reports of plants being pulled or dug up on a Wirral beach.

In recent weeks, there have been reports of plants along the beach in Hoylake, Wirral being pulled or dug up and later left on the beach, the promenade, or slipways. This is despite the fact any removal of vegetation without permission on the beach is against the law.

The alleged activity is linked to the ongoing controversy over the future management of the beach. Wirral Council stopped management of the beach in 2019 including the use of weed killer glyphosate following heavy criticism but this has left the community divided on its future.

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