This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Merseyside Police arrested nine and seized drugs and weapons during a day of action in Woodchurch on Thursday 26 May.
The community policing team and Matrix officers carried out the proactive policing operation, Operation Presley, to disrupt criminality and protect those living in the area.
Throughout the day and evening police patrolled the estate, focussing on proactively targeting criminals.
Operation Openspace in full swing in West Kirby
Operation Openspace was in full swing throughout the afternoon and into the evening in West Kirby on 27 May.
Team Wallasey was joined by partner agencies including Travelsafe, Mounted officers, Wirral ASB Team, BTP, Connect Us, Merseyrail, Arriva, RNLI and Energise Cycles.
A police spokesperson said, “We will be out and about patrolling anti-social behaviour hotspots and engaging with members of the public.”
Twelve shotguns, an antique revolver and two crossbows are among the haul of weapons handed in so far as part of a firearms surrender on Merseyside.
On Monday 23 May, officers recovered a live handgun while conducting an open land search on Fender Way in Beechwood. This is now being made safe and will be forensically tested.
The two-week surrender launched by Merseyside Police is part of a nationwide campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) which ends this Sunday 29 May.
Car seized in Woodchurch
This high valued vehicle was seized in Woodchurch.
Police were targeting those linked to organised crime in the Woodchurch area of the Wirral.
The driver didn’t want to chat and made off, but unluckily for the driver police have their name … and their car.
PCSO’s from Belle Vale Police station and staff from Active Community Enterprise raise over £1000 for New Brighton Lifeboat Station.
New Brighton Lifeboat volunteers were on hand to meet the fantastic team made up of PCSO’s from Merseyside Police, Belle Vale Police station and staff from (ACE) Active Community Enterprise.
Overweight vehicles stopped in Wallasey
These vehicles were sighted on Dock Road, Wallasey.
They were weighed and found to be overweight.
A police spokesperson said, “This can have a considerable impact on the vehicles stopping distance and cause danger to the occupants and other road users.”
Last week, officers across the country came together to raise awareness of knife crime and the efforts that are ongoing to tackle this issue.
Operation Sceptre is a week-long national campaign to target those carrying weapons, prevent knife related offences, raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime, and provide young people with more positive alternatives to crime.
The Merseyside Police social media channels have detailed activity across the region, which have included school visits, open land searches, high visibility policing, warrants and test purchase operations.
Vehicle Enforcement in Birkenhead
A police spokesperson said, that there was “lots of enforcement being carried out on the Wirral today [26 May.] Offences included overweight vehicles, no licence, no insurance and taxi-related offences.“
A gangland enforcer has been convicted of launching a horrifying acid attack on a victim and plotting to blind other victims.
Jonathan Gordon, 34, charged £6,000 to commit an acid attack and £10,000 to blind someone.
He took instructions from an unidentified boss of an organised crime group (OCG) on the encrypted comms platform EncroChat.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is inviting people to submit their questions about the force’s work to prevent crime and stop vulnerable people being drawn into the criminal justice system ahead of her next public Scrutiny Meeting.
Emily Spurrell is responsible for holding the Chief Constable, Serena Kennedy, to account for delivering on her policing and community safety priorities and maintaining an efficient and effective police service in Merseyside.
One of the ways the Police Commissioner undertakes this crucial role is through quarterly public Scrutiny Meetings, which include questions submitted by the public which she then puts to the Chief Constable and her Chief Officer team.
Some images and information used with kind permission from Wirral Police/Merseyside Police.
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