Wirral Police weekly news round-up, 30 March 2024

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

Two arrests following Wirral shooting incident

Two men have been arrested after a shooting in Wirral on Tuesday, 26 March.

At around 10.30pm, officers were called to New Chester Road in New Ferry to reports of shots being fired at 10.05pm. There were no reports of any injuries or damage caused in the area after officers carried out CCTV, house-to-house and witness enquiries.

On Thursday, 28 March, officers investigating the incident arrested two 19-year-old men from Eastham and New Ferry on suspicion of Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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Hoylake man jailed after concealing drugs in coffee bags

Four members of an organised crime group, responsible for moving multiple kilos of cocaine, heroin, and Ketamine have been sentenced following an investigation by officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

They were all sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday, 27 March, after they all pled guilty to drugs offences.

Daniel McLoughlin, 37, of Hoylake who used the handles ‘Tabooky’ and ‘Wearyspear’ was jailed for 14 years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and for exporting Class B drugs to Australia. 

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Suspended prison sentence for Oxton man who neglected dog

A young pocket bully is enjoying life in a caring new home after she was neglected by her former owner, who has now been handed a ten-week suspended prison sentence for failing to help her.

Peggy, who was only a puppy at the time, had an untreated skin condition, a bilateral ear infection and a ten-day prolapse when she was found at a flat in Shrewsbury Road in Oxton on 23 April last year.

Her owner, Peter Shelley, had denied causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet her needs but was found guilty at a trial at Wirral Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 20 March.

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13 dispersal notices issued in Liscard

Officers have seized five bikes and issued 13 dispersal notices in Liscard this weekend as a dispersal zone was introduced in the area.

The order ran from Saturday, 23 March, at 5.30pm until Monday, 25 March, at 5.30pm. 

Under the legislation, officers have the power to seize any item used in the commission of anti-social behaviour. 

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Next of kin appeal – Ian Mason

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

Please share and help the Coroner’s Office trace the next of kin for Birkenhead man, Ian Mason.

Mr Mason sadly passed away on Saturday, 23 March, at his home address on Oxton Road. He was 73.

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23 stop searches carried out following S60 order in New Ferry and Rock Ferry

A total of 23 stop searches have been carried out and community resolutions issued to individuals after a Section 60 Order was enforced in the New Ferry and Rock Ferry area.

The order came into force on 2pm on Wednesday, 27 March, for a 24-hour period and during this time extra officers were deployed in the area to provide a visible presence to prevent crime or serious violence.

It follows a reported shooting on Tuesday, 26 March, on New Chester Road, which is continuing to be investigated. So far there have been no reported injuries or damage caused as a result of the firearms discharge.

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Labour’s Police & Crime Commissioner pledges a safer, stronger Merseyside in manifesto launch

Labour’s Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, has launched her manifesto setting out her commitments if re-elected for a second term on Thursday, 2 May.

Emily was first elected in 2021 and has since delivered £14 million additional funding for victims and crime prevention, launched the brand new Victim Care hub, invested £350,000 in better opportunities for young people, and developed a partnership strategy to tackle violence against women and girls. 

Emily said, “I was incredibly proud to be elected PCC and have worked tirelessly to be a strong voice for our region. Despite promises of extra police officer numbers from the Tory Government, Merseyside remains 450 officers short of the number we had in 2010.”

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