Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 24 February 2024

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

Wallasey drugs boss has £400k confiscated

A drugs boss who was jailed for 19 years after boasting he could make £30k a week adulterating cocaine has been forced to hand over assets totalling almost £400,000.

Richard Weild, 40, was sentenced to 19 years and six months last March after an investigation by the specialist Merseyside Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) – a unit comprising officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Merseyside Police.

Weild, of Wallasey, was known for his expertise in bulking out multi-kilo deals of cocaine with ‘brand’ labels stamped into individual blocks.

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Closure Order secured for Birkenhead house following reports of criminality

Police in Wirral have secured a Closure Order for a house in Birkenhead following numerous reports of anti-social behaviour and criminality.

Wirral Magistrate’s Court issued the order on Thursday ,15 February, for the property at 29 Old Bidston Road.

Police were able to secure the order following numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour, drug dealing, and criminal activity at the address.

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Driver’s breath test more than three times over limit

Targeted officers on patrol in Liscard had cause to stop a vehicle travelling at excess speed on Rake Lane at rush hour on Thursday, 22 February.

The vehicle was stopped with multiple occupants including a five-year-old child. The driver smelled of alcohol and officers conducted a breath test with a result three and a half times over the limit.

The driver was arrested and in custody provided a sample of 101. The legal limit is 35.

A police spokesperson said, “To decide to drive whilst under the influence is wrong but to make a decision to drive with a five-year-old child in the car is abhorrent. Lives were put at risk unnecessarily and thankfully on this occasion the driver was caught.”

Next of kin appeal – Roy Thomas

Can you help trace the next-of-kin of a person from Wirral who has passed away?

Please share and help the Coroner’s Office trace the next of kin for Wirral man Roy Thomas. 

Mr Thomas sadly died at his home address in Church Road, Tranmere on Friday, 16 February. He was 56. 

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More drug than drink-driving arrests by Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is reminding drivers of the dangers of getting behind the wheel after taking drugs or drinking alcohol after the release of national statistics on Thursday, 22 February.

The national policing operation, called Op Limit, is a drink and drug drive campaign that takes place over the festive period and brings together all police forces in a concerted effort to remove dangerous drivers from our roads.

In January, Merseyside Police revealed its Op Limit statistics as officers arrested 469 drug drivers and 191 drink drivers from 20 November 2023 to 1 January 2024.

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Two Wirral men arrested during operation tackling domestic abuse

Merseyside Police has arrested two people from Wirral as part of a crackdown on domestic abuse.

On Thursday, 22 February, teams of local officers led by Merseyside Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People unit travelled across the region as part of Operation Cassia.

Operation Cassia is a police operation to arrest people believed to be responsible for both recent and historical cases of domestic abuse.

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Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership hits milestone in building a trauma informed region

Merseyside’s Violence Reduction Partnership (MVRP) has reached a milestone in its work to increase awareness and understanding of trauma across our region.

More than 500 professionals who work across the public and third sector have now taken the MVRP’s free trauma informed training focused on recognising the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES) with a focus on helping them to better understand and respond to the needs of our communities.

Delivered by industry experts, the training focuses on supporting organisations and their employees to appreciate how psychological trauma and ACES can impact on individuals and highlights the implications it can have for their services.

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