This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Remembering PC Paul Briggs
Five years ago on January 21 2017, PC Paul Briggs died after suffering a brain injury in a crash on his way to work.
The 43-year-old Wirral man suffered a bleed on the brain and five fractures to his spine in the collision and was kept on life support. Treatment was withdrawn on January 21 2017 and PC Briggs succumbed to his injuries.
A family statement said: “Paul was a much-loved husband, father, son brother, friend, and colleague. He was such a kind person and he lived life to the full.
“We will miss him more than words can express and the pain is immense, but we know he has no pain or suffering any more and he is at peace.”
Police have released CCTV footage of the moment a man drew a machete on staff at a nightclub in Birkenhead.
Luke Browne, 31, of Birkenhead, was sentenced on Thursday 6 January at Liverpool Crown Court after being found guilty of possession of a bladed weapon and breaching a suspended sentence.
Browne received 18 months for carrying the machete and a further six months for a breach of a suspended sentence, to be served consecutively.
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a high-value burglary in Bromborough on Wednesday 8 December between 7pm and 10pm.
At around 11pm occupants of a house returned home to find an offender had forced entry through the rear door.
The offender searched the property and stole a number of items including wedding jewellery, gold ingots and bars, an Olympic coin set, cash and a jade bracelet and necklace.
Merseyside Police has launched an investigation following a confrontational burglary in Birkenhead in the early hours of Wednesday 26 January.
Officers were called at 12.20am after reports that three males wearing balaclavas had entered a house on Borough Road.
One of the males was armed with a knife and threats were directed towards the occupants, which included a young child. A man and woman were also assaulted during the incident.
Merseyside Police has charged a man following several shoplifting and fraud offences in Wirral.
Kevin Rutter, aged 30, of Birkenhead was arrested on Park Road North, Birkenhead on Tuesday 25 January by Local Policing officers.
He has been charged with three offences of fraud by false representation, receiving stolen goods and three counts of theft at three separate stores.
Next of kin appeal
Police are appealing on behalf of the Coroner’s Office for help in tracing the next of kin of a man from Wirral.
David Owens sadly passed away at his home in Eastway, aged 68, on 28 December 2021. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and despite extensive enquiries, police have not been able to make contact with his next of kin.
Anyone with any information please e-mail HMCoroner@liverpool.gov.uk or call 0151 233 5770.
Wirral Council is consulting businesses and residents over a proposed new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for part of the Bromborough area.
This consultation is to seek people’s views for a proposed PSPO to address complaints of anti-social behaviour involving large numbers of motor vehicles, including cars and motorbikes, together with large numbers of spectators gathering and holding races along public highways in and around Riverview Road, Bromborough and the surrounding area.
This activity has previously resulted in damage to the highway and street furniture as well as causing nuisance, annoyance and disruption to members of the public, business owners and their employees.
A Wirral man is the latest to be charged with drug offences as part of Operation Venetic.
Ryan Pugh, aged 33, of Bromborough has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs (cocaine and cannabis), following his arrest on Thursday 27 January.
He was remanded in custody and appeared at Wirral Adult Remand Court on Friday 28 January.
Free weekly kids football training at the Oval
Local officers hold weekly football training sessions at The Oval Sports Centre, Bebington.
The free football training sessions are available for all children aged 11-16 years old.
There is no subscription, no fee, just turn up! These events are held every Friday between 17:30-19:30 and are supported by Wirral Borough Council and Mid Wirral Crime Prevention Panel.
More than £2.5m of funding has been pledged by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner in partnership with four of the region’s local authorities, to support young victims of exploitation over the next five years.
Emily Spurrell has united with Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral Councils to put together a package of funding to deliver the support service for all young people who have experienced, or are at risk of, exploitation until March 2027.
The service, which is part of the Commissioner’s package of care and support for victims of crime – Victim Care Merseyside – will be delivered by social enterprise Catch22.
The family of Andy McDiarmid have issued the following tribute:
“Andy was a true gentleman. He was always willing to help anyone in need. If you have happened to cross Andy in your life, then this loss will be a tragic blow. A loss felt by family, friends, and countless others.
“Andy enjoyed walking, cooking, a sketchy bit of DIY, and most of all pleasing others. His love and kindness was genuine and sincere.”
A Wirral man has been jailed for stalking the Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Alex Boston, 43, from Moreton, stalked the actress, who also appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, from April 2020 to July 2021.
Stephanie Davis had a profile on social media and many followers. In April 2021 she contacted the police to report the harassment she had been suffering. She had been receiving unsettling messages from what appeared to be different accounts.
Detectives have made a fresh appeal for information on the first anniversary of the discovery of the body of a baby boy in Wirral.
The full-term baby was found at 4.25pm on Friday 29 January 2021 in a wooded area at the side of a footpath close to the 16th green of Brackenwood golf course in Bracken Lane in Bebington. A post-mortem to establish the cause of death proved inconclusive.
A number of lines of enquiry have been examined, including suggestions about the identity of the baby’s mother, but all have been ruled out.
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