This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Detectives investigating an allegation a young woman was raped in Wirral on Wednesday 20 April have arrested a man.
The incident was reported to have happened in Birkenhead Park at around 9.40pm and following extensive enquiries, a man was arrested on Monday 25 April.
The 22-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested on suspicion of rape. He has been released under investigation as enquiries into the incident continue.
Stolen motorcycle recovered
Acting upon local intelligence, Merseyside Police recovered an outstanding stolen motorcycle in Wirral which had been stolen from an address in Cheshire during March.
Warning over motorway middle lane hogging
Hogging the middle lane while driving on a motorway can land you with a £100 fine and three penalty points on your driving licence.
However, some drivers travel in the middle lane whether they’re overtaking other vehicles or not. This is middle lane hogging.
Middle lane hogging is classed as a traffic offence under ‘careless driving’ legislation and is therefore illegal.
The highway code states that you should “Keep in the left lane unless overtaking. If you are overtaking, you should return to the left lane when it is safe to do so.”
Police have arrested a man following a false report of a hostage situation in Ellesmere Port.
Shortly before 8.15pm on Wednesday 27 April police were called to reports that a man had taken two people hostage and had a gun in a property on Sutton Way in Ellesmere Port.
Local officers, supported by the firearms unit, attended the scene where it was quickly established that this was a false report.
Can you help trace the next-of-kin of a person from Wirral who has passed away?
We are appealing on behalf of the Coroner’s Office for information to help trace the next of kin of a Wirral man.
Michael Mutlow, aged 74, sadly died at his home on Egerton Street, New Brighton, on Friday 1 April.
Merseyside Police arrested a man and recovered suspected drugs and weapons in Birkenhead on Thursday 28 April.
At around 3pm, patrols on Wellington Terrace witnessed a suspected drugs transaction between two males.
Officers then saw one of the males involved in the suspected transaction in a white Ford Focus on Whetstone Lane.
Fresh powers are now in place that will help the police and local authority deter and deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour that have been making life a misery for residents and businesses in Bromborough.
A new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has been approved and is now being implemented to address ongoing complaints of vehicle nuisance taking place around Bromborough industrial estate and surrounding areas.
Mark Camborne, Assistant Director Neighbourhoods, Safety & Transport at Wirral Council, said, “These complaints highlighted details of vehicles racing at high speeds along the public highway, damaging street signs, street furniture and road surfaces and disrupting and disturbing businesses that operate within the area.
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