This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Chief Constable visits Noctotum school
On Monday 17 January, Merseyside Police Safer Schools officer Claire Walker (middle) has met with Chief Constable Serena Kennedy (2nd from right) at Ridgeway High School, explaining how successful the role of safer schools officer has been , introducing her to some of the students, and discussing our preventative policing projects.
The students had a chance to discuss how the role has changed their perception of the police and how they work with the school’s officer on projects to help reduce crime and raise awareness of subjects such as knife crime and county lines.
Chief Constable joins officers on patrol
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy joined officers on patrol in Birkenhead on Monday 17 January as part of Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action.
She spoke with residents and shopkeepers about the activity taking place, and the work being done by the local policing team in the area.
This week (17 – 23 January), Merseyside Police is supporting the NPCC Neighbourhood Policing (NP) Week of Action which aims to recognise and celebrate the vital work that all NP officers, PCSOs and other volunteers perform on a daily basis.
Head of Local Policing, Chief Superintendent Zoe Thornton said, “This is the first time a week of action celebrating Neighbourhood Policing has taken place and we are excited to share with the community exactly what our officers do across Merseyside and how it all pieces together to keep you safe.”
Officers and staff that make up the NP teams are exceptionally skilled in supporting the public and have to be prepared to deal with a wide range of incidents on a day-to-day basis. Some are paid workers and some are volunteers who give their own personal time up to make a difference to the communities that they serve and form an integral part of the team.
Warning of rogue traders
Police have warned that Rogue Traders have been operating in the Bebington & Bromborough Areas of Wirral.
A police spokesperson said, “Always keep the key chain on the door whilst talking to callers and always check their ID before letting them into your home. Genuine callers won’t mind you doing this. If callers haven’t got valid identification, don’t let them in.”
MiniPathfinder project at Wirral school
Officers took part in the MiniPathfinder project at Woodlands Primary School in Birkenhead throughout the week.
On Thursday 20 January, officers were joined by Jackie and Nikki from the Paul Lavelle Foundation who conducted a workshop with the pupils regarding positive relationships, grooming and peer pressure. After this session the officers recapped the week so far and tested the pupils’ knowledge via a fun and interactive game called Path Finders Pursuit, topics discussed, anti-social behaviour, knife crime, cybercrime, drugs, county lines, child exploitation, first aid, mental health, gang culture, grooming, prison life & hate crime amongst many others.
After all of their hard work this week the pupils have been rewarded with a fun-filled afternoon of holding and learning all about different reptiles in an attempt to bring the pupils out of their comfort zones and build their self-confidence. The reptiles were provided by the wonderful staff from the Gautby Road Community Centre in the North End of Birkenhead.
Next of kin appeal
Police are appealing on behalf of the Coroner’s Office for help in tracing the next of kin of a man from Wirral.
David Owens sadly passed away at his home in Eastway, aged 68, on 28 December 2021. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and despite extensive enquiries, police have not been able to make contact with his next of kin.
Anyone with any information please e-mail [email protected] or call 0151 233 5770.
Wirral Council is consulting businesses and residents over a proposed new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for part of the Bromborough area.
This consultation is to seek people’s views for a proposed PSPO to address complaints of anti-social behaviour involving large numbers of motor vehicles, including cars and motorbikes, together with large numbers of spectators gathering and holding races along public highways in and around Riverview Road, Bromborough and the surrounding area.
This activity has previously resulted in damage to the highway and street furniture as well as causing nuisance, annoyance and disruption to members of the public, business owners and their employees.
On the first anniversary since she was last seen, Merseyside Police is continuing to appeal for help in finding a Wirral woman who is missing from home.
Carol Mighall, 52, from Tranmere, was last seen on Monday 4 January 2021 in Rodney Street, Birkenhead.
Extensive enquiries have been carried out and the police have received numerous reports since she was last seen but no confirmed sightings.
Free weekly kids football training at the Oval
Local officers hold weekly football training sessions at The Oval Sports Centre, Bebington.
The free football training sessions are available for all children aged 11-16 years old.
There is no subscription, no fee, just turn up! These events are held every Friday between 17:30-19:30 and are supported by Wirral Borough Council and Mid Wirral Crime Prevention Panel.
Free bike marking day in Wallasey
Officers from Team Wallasey will be holding their first FREE Bike Register bike marking event of the New Year at the Heart of Egremont centre ( Guildford Street, Egremont ) on Tuesday the 25 of January 2022 between 4pm and 6pm.
A police spokesperson said, “We will be holding more bike marking events throughout Wallasey & West Wirral soon, keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.”
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Some images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.