This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a reported hate crime in Liscard on Saturday 8 April.
At around 8.55pm, police received a report that a man in his 30s was subjected to verbal abuse and also threatened by three males.
During the incident, the suspects directed insulting comments towards him about his disability, as well as threatened violence towards him.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a confrontational burglary at the home of an elderly woman in Birkenhead.
At around 1.30am on Monday 17 April, the pensioner woke to the sound of two males searching the downstairs of her house on Tollemache Road after they had broken in.
The males threatened the victim and told her to give them all the cash she kept in the house.
Merseyside Police and school team up to tackle anti-social behaviour
Merseyside Police officers have been working together with Birkenhead Park School to tackle nuisance and anti-social behaviour in the area around the school.
Their efforts have led to officers successfully intercepting two illegal and suspected stolen electric bikes.
Merseyside Police has confirmed that emergency services were on Borough Road in Birkenhead following an incident last night, Thursday 20 April.
At around 10pm, police were called to Borough Road following reports that a man had been found unconscious by a member of the public, initially believed to have been a medical episode.
He was taken to hospital where he was sadly pronounced deceased.
Approximately 80 people were injured, 78 people made instantly homeless, residential properties damaged and 28 businesses closed.
The New Ferry gas explosion was caused by a local shop owner, Mr Pascal Blasio, who was the sole Director of ‘Homes in Style’.
On 23 October 2019, Mr Blasio was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison after a three week trial in which he was found guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and fraud in relation to an insurance claim submitted to his insurers NFU Mutual following the explosion.
At 3pm on Sunday 23 April, a test alert will be conducted that will display a message, along with a sound and vibration for up to ten seconds, on the home screen of people’s mobile phones.
During the test, there is no need for the public to take any action as the sound and vibration will automatically stop after ten seconds. To continue using their phone as usual, people simply need to swipe away the message or click on ‘OK’ on their phone’s home screen, similar to a ‘low battery’ warning or notification.
Best practice of Emergency Alerts in other countries have shown that they work more effectively when there is a real emergency if people have previously received a test, so they know what an alert looks and sounds like.
Some images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.
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