Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 23 September 2023

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

Teens arrested following knifepoint robbery at Upton newsagent

Merseyside Police has arrested three males on suspicion of robbery at a Upton newsagent.

Three boys aged 12, 13 and 15, have all been questioned by officers and released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.

One of the suspects, who was armed with a knife, threatened the shop workers with the weapon and stole a quantity of cash from the till. 

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Wirral man issued with gang injunction

A man involved in gang-related activity in Wirral has been issued with a gang injunction at Liverpool County Court.

Lewis Chapman, aged 22, was made subject to the gang injunction on Tuesday 19 September 2023. The notice was served on Wednesday 20 September 2023 and will remain in place until March 2025.

Any breaches of the prohibitions can result in him being arrested and taken to court.

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Sharp increase in casualties on Wirral’s roads

Figures show the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Wirral’s roads surged in one year.

In 2020, 2021, and 2022, almost a third or 29% of casualties on Wirral’s roads were cyclists, a 12% increase from 2019. Pedestrian casualties were also 29% of all casualties in 2022, a 7% increase from 2021.

2022 statistics for Wirral show 102 people were casualties on the road. 78% of these were people who were cycling, walking, or motorcycling with five fatal accidents.

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Driver fled scene after colliding with 13-year-old boy

Merseyside Police is searching for a driver who failed to stop following a collision with a 13-year-old boy.

It was reported to police that at around 6.50pm on Monday 19 September, a car being driven on New Chester Road in Rock Ferry collided with a person riding a bicycle.

The 13-year-old boy on the bicycle suffered bruising and concussion and was taken to hospital to be checked over.

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20mph limits in Wirral could save lives and reduce injuries

New 20mph zones in Wirral could save lives as the latest figures show that five people were killed on Wirral’s roads last year.

At a Wirral Council environment, climate emergency and transport meeting on 20 September, it was revealed that over the last six years, 27 people were killed on Wirral’s roads and 590 people were seriously injured.

The World Health Organisation states that reducing speed limits is the most effective way to improve pedestrian safety because in the distance a 20mph car can stop, a 30mph car will still be travelling at 24mph.

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Police dog locates knife after man robbed and slashed in New Ferry

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in New Ferry in the early hours of Friday 22 September.

It was reported that at around 1.30am, a man was walking along New Chester Road when he was attacked by a group of five men aged in their 20s and the side of his face was slashed. Four men were on foot and one was riding a red mountain bike.

It was further reported that the victim in his 30s ran in to a nearby block of flats where he was attacked again and his top was stolen. He was then chased along New Chester Road and further attacked where his mobile phone was stolen.

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Man attacked and robbed by group of boys in Birkenhead

Detectives are appealing for information following a report of a robbery where a man was attacked by a group of boys in Birkenhead.

At around 9.45pm on Saturday 16 September it was reported that a man was walking along a field between Corporation Road and Cleveland Street when he was approached by a group of boys who assaulted him.

A driver of a passing car stopped the attack after he shouted at the group of males who ran away from the area. The victim then ran to a property nearby and reported the incident.

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Two arrests after warrants executed in New Ferry and Liverpool

Two men were arrested on Thursday 21 September, following warrants executed at four properties in Liverpool and Wirral.

Officers carried out the law enforcement operation at properties on Acanthus Road and Newsham Drive in Tuebrook, Wordsworth Street in Toxteth and Woodhead Road in New Ferry.

Upon searching the property on Wordsworth Street officers discovered more than 100 cannabis plants being cultivated.

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Arrest after woman attacked by dog in Woodchurch

On Saturday 16 September, Merseyside Police arrested a man following reports two people were bitten by a dog in Woodchurch.

Officers were called to a property on Orrets Meadow Road at 5.30pm following reports a woman had been bitten on the neck, face and arms. The woman has been taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries.

The woman, aged 51, is continuing to recover from her injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

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MP calls for crackdown on illegal puppy farms amid American XL Bully ban

An MP has called for a crackdown on illegal puppy farms after the government said it will ban the American XL bully.

The Prime Minister announced the government plans to ban the American XL bully by the end of the year. Rishi Sunak said the breed is “a danger to our communities” following a spate of recent attacks involving the breed.

He has tasked experts to define the breed of dog before it can be banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. The law bans the breeding, sale and exchange of certain breeds.

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