Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 20 May 2023

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

Group of eight youths wearing balaclavas damage police motorcycle

Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a police motorcycle was damaged in Wirral on Tuesday 16 May.

At around 5.15pm, an officer seized an off-road motorcycle at the roundabout on Fender Lane and Hoylake Road, and a 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, dangerous driving, and theft.

Shortly afterwards, a group of eight youths, some wearing balaclavas, tried to take the off-road motorcycle. They also caused damage to the officer’s police motorcycle.

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Four arrests following serious assault in Heswall

Merseyside Police has arrested two more people following an incident in Heswall on Sunday 14 May.

At around 8.45am, police received a report that a 41-year-old man had been found on Milner Road with a serious head injury. He remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Following enquiries on 14 May, police arrested two men, aged 41 and 37, both from Heswall, on suspicion of section 18 wounding with intent.

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Bar where trackies were banned wins fight to stay open

A Birkenhead bar where tracksuits are banned has won its fight to stay open after attempts were made to shut it down over reports of violence.

Platinum Bar, on Conway Street in Birkenhead, had its licence to trade alcohol taken away in August last year after Merseyside Police instigated a review citing “a considerable number of reports of violence occurring at the premises.”

The decision was subsequently appealed by the proprietors which led to an agreement being reached between Wirral Council and the bar allowing it to remain open subject to “stringent conditions” this month.

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Illegally used electric bike seized in Eastham

An electric bike has been seized by officers in Wirral on Tuesday 16 May.

Two PCSOs were on patrol in Eastham when they spotted two electric bikes at the rear of Eastham Library.

As they approached one male rode off, but the other male grappled with the officer and he then made off as she successfully seized his bike.

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Rock Ferry shop could lose alcohol licence due to alleged ‘illegal activity’

A supermarket in Wirral could lose its alcohol licence due to alleged “illegal activity.”

This is according to a Wirral Council report ahead of a meeting on 19 May which could see the Family Shopper on Bedford Road in Rock Ferry lose its licence to sell alcohol.

The report said, “The grounds for the review relate to illegal activity taking place at the premises. It has been identified that individuals have been working at the premises who were not legally entitled to live or work in the United Kingdom.

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Teenage boy arrested in connection with attempted robberies in Wirral

A teenage boy has been arrested after a warrant was executed in Moreton following a series of attempted robberies in the area between Sunday 7 May and Wednesday 17 May.

One of the incidents took place at around 5.15pm on Monday 15 May when it was reported that a boy on an electric bike was approached by five suspects, two on a moped, and three on bicycles.

The suspect rode alongside the victim and demanded his bike. When the boy refused, one of them threatened him with a metal baton and another kicked him in the leg. The victim escaped and went inside a pub on Hoylake Road.

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Oxton man charged with knife offences

Merseyside Police has charged a man with knife offences as part of the ongoing Operation Sceptre.

Joseph Robinson, 31, of Oxton, has been charged with two counts of being in possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place.

He appeared at Wirral Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 18 May and has been remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday 15 June.

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Teenage girl found on railway track at West Kirby

On Monday 15 May, emergency services responded to reports of a casualty on the tracks at West Kirby railway station.

The incident prompted paramedics to attend the scene, where they provided medical assistance to a teenage girl.

The girl was subsequently transported to the hospital for assessment. In order to facilitate the emergency response, adjustments were made to Merseyrail services at the station.

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Three arrested as police tackle organised crime groups

Three people have been arrested and a quantity of cash and suspected drugs seized following the launch of a Home-Office designed project in Wirral on Thursday, 18 May 2023 to tackle organised crime groups.

The Clear, Hold, Build project, which will be known locally as EVOLVE Wirral, will see Merseyside Police working with partners and residents in the Woodchurch, Noctorum, and Beechwood estates to disrupt and deter organised crime group (OCG) activity and help stop neighbourhoods being exploited by these criminals.

Merseyside Police was one of the first forces to pilot Clear, Hold, Build with Beechwood Together on the Beechwood estate in 2022.

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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 next public Scrutiny Meeting.

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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