Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 27 January 2024

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

Ellesmere Port driver jailed for fatal collision

A dangerous driver who killed an innocent woman during a collision in Chester has been jailed.

Paul Wright appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday, 25 January, where he was sentenced to nine years in prison.

The 31-year-old of Ellesmere Port had previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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16-year-old arrested following machete fight on Borough Road in Birkenhead

A 16-year-old male has been arrested following a disturbance in Birkenhead on Tuesday, 23 January. 

At around 1.40pm, police received a report that two males were seen fighting with machetes on Borough Road.

No injuries were reported. Officers attended and searched the area. 

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£60,000 community group boost to help tackle organised crime affecting Woodchurch

Thousands of pounds are being given to community groups across Wirral in an effort to tackle organised crime.

Over £60,000 is being given out as part of the EVOLVE project, an initiative by Wirral Council, Merseyside Police, and part-funded by the Home Office which will see multiple community groups awarded funding of up to £2,000 to help improve their areas.

Three events are being held in different communities affected by crime on the Wirral as part of police efforts following the murder of Elle Edwards in December 2022.

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Merseyside Police officer to appear in court charged with sexual assault

Following an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation, a Merseyside Police detective constable has been charged with one count of sexual assault.

DC Thomas Hankin, 37, is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman he met during the course of his duties in March 2023.

The IOPC began investigations on 31 March 2023 following a referral from the force earlier in the same month.

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Council investigating fly tipping in Bromborough and Eastham

Wirral Council is investigating two “disgusting” fly tipping incidents after carpets, black bags and ceiling materials were left dumped on the road.

One incident took place on Dock Road North near the Port Sunlight River Park in Bromborough while another took place near Eastham Country Park.

Both incidents are believed to have happened in the early hours between 25 and 26 January and are being investigated separately by Wirral Council.

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Next of kin appeal – Alan Colman

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

Alan Colman, aged 50 years, of Hollybank Road, Birkenhead, sadly died on Thursday, 18 January. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.  

Anyone who knows the next-of-kin is asked to contact Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office by calling 0151 351 0036 to speak with a Coroner’s officer or email hmcoroner@liverpool.gov.uk 

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Wirral Policing team highlights new retail theft initiative

Officers from the Wirral Neighbourhood Policing team are launching a new initiative which aims to encourage more businesses to report retail crime and theft.

The launch coincides with Neighbourhood Policing Week, taking place from 22 to 28 January, and aims to highlight the importance of neighbourhood policing and the positive impact Merseyside Police teams have on communities by serving the public, reducing crime, and keeping people safe. 

Retail theft is a serious issue for a lot of retailers. Last year, Primark in Liscard alone reported losses of over £200,000, despite employing a full-time security guard.

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Latest stats show reductions in crime across the board in Merseyside

Latest statistics show overall crime has fallen by 7.7% in Merseyside for the year ending September 2023 compared with the previous 12 months.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) released an annual report on Thursday, 25 January, to show crime statistics for all police forces across England and Wales, where crime had fallen by 0.2% on average.

In Merseyside, burglary offences have continued to decline with a 13.1% reduction, (there was a 7.6% drop in the previous year’s ONS report), which is a bigger reduction compared to the national average of 1.5%.

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