This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
The family of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel have paid the following tribute to her:
“Liv was a unique chatty, nosey little girl who broke the mould when she was born. She loved life and all it had to offer.
“Liv loved dressing up and was very particular on how she was dressed, like any other little girl she loved doing her makeup and nails, she was nine going on 19.”
Detectives investigating the murder of 9-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel on Monday night have arrested a man in connection with their enquiries.
A 35-year-old man, suspected to have been the target of the shooting, has been detained in hospital on a prison recall after breaching the terms of his licence. He will be recalled to prison to serve the remainder of his licence. He will be further questioned in connection with the murder and remains in a stable condition.
Officers attended a house on Kingsheath Avenue at 10pm after reports that an unknown male had fired a gun inside the property, resulting in the death of nine-year-old Olivia and injuries to her mother and the 35-year-old man.
Merseyside Police has arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
The man, who is from the Huyton area, was also arrested on two counts of attempted murder.
The arrest came after an operation involving armed officers in the Merseyside area on Thursday 25 August.
Merseyside Police has arrested a 33-year-old man from Dovecot on suspicion of the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
The man was also arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.
He was arrested by armed officers on Lunsford Road, Dovecot, on Friday 26 August.
Merseyside Police has arrested 13 people and seized a significant amount of suspected Class A and B drugs and cash in an operation targeting suspected organised criminals in Wirral on Thursday 25 August.
A total of 11 warrants were carried out in locations in Birkenhead, Wallasey, Seacombe, and Liverpool City Centre.
During the operation, a large quantity of Class A and B drugs and cash were seized.
A 43-year-old man from Wirral has been jailed as part of Operation Venetic: an international operation targeting criminals who used a mobile encryption service, commonly referred to as Encrochat, in an attempt to evade detection.
Peter Lynch, 43, of New Brighton was jailed for 7 years 4 months on Monday 22 August, after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis
Lynch used the Encrochat handle ‘Eagerape’ between December 2019 and June 2020 to supply large quantities of Class A and B drugs across Merseyside.
Two teenagers who beat a community-spirited, former police officer to within an inch of his life have been sentenced.
The boys, who were both 15 at the time and can’t be named because of their age, attacked the then 56-year-old former police officer on New Brighton Promenade at 7am on 12 January 2021.
The victim, who was, at the time, working as a lecturer at Chester University, saw the boys throwing pieces of wood from a local driftwood sculpture called “The Black Pearl”.
Merseyside Police has charged six people with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following a series of warrants in the Wirral area on Thursday 25 August.
A total of 11 warrants were carried out in locations in Birkenhead, Wallasey, Seacombe and Liverpool city centre, as part of an ongoing investigation into organised criminals.
All were remanded to appear in court on Friday 26 August.
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