This is the birkenhead.news weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.
Bebington driver jailed for causing death of child
Kevin Jones of Higher Bebington and Thomas McGrath of Stockport were each jailed for four years and eight months for causing death by dangerous driving.
The court heard how, shortly after 8.15pm on Thursday 23 July 2020, officers were called to reports that a BMW car being driven on Ryecroft Street in Ashton-under-Lyne collided with a pedestrian. A young boy had been crossing the road when he was struck.
Tragically, Safiullah Latif Asif from Ashton-under-Lyne, who had been playing with his brother and cousin, died in hospital after sustaining life-threatening injuries in the collision.
Five arrested following Seacombe stabbing
Five people were arrested in connection with reports of a stabbing on Hawthorne Grove in Seacombe in the early hours of Saturday morning, 25 February.
Just after 2.20am, Merseyside Police received a report that a 20-year-old man had sustained a serious stab wound.
An investigation is underway and house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are ongoing in the local area.
£700,000 in cash and Class A pharmaceutical drugs seized in Bromborough
Two men have been arrested after warrants were executed at properties in Wirral on Thursday 2 March.
Officers Wirral Targeted Policing Team, working with Immigration and British Gas, carried out the law enforcement operation at three properties in Bromborough.
More than £200,000 cash has been recovered, with a further estimated £500,000 worth of Class A pharmaceutical drugs seized.
Man arrested on suspicion of murder of Jacqueline Rutter
Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of 53-year-old Jacqueline Rutter in Wirral last October.
A 21-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of murder and given conditional bail pending further enquiries.
Four other men previously arrested in connection with this investigation, who are aged 21, 25, 44 and 52, along with a 23-year-old woman, all remain on conditional bail.
Mindless vandalism forces temporary closure of three Wirral play areas
To ensure the safety of the public, three play areas in Wirral have been closed due to extensive vandalism until repairs can be completed.
Temporary closures of New Ferry Park, Victoria Park, and the play area at Demesne Street, Seacombe have been initiated due to damages caused by fire and other vandalism.
Members of the local community took part in the cleaning process while council employees conducted additional clean-up operations. However, due to safety concerns, the play areas have been closed off until the necessary repairs can be carried out.
Men from New Brighton and Liverpool arrested following city centre fight
Three arrests have been made after a group of men were assaulted in Liverpool on Saturday 25 February.
At around 10.40pm, Merseyside Police received a report of an altercation between two groups of men at a bar on Fenwick Street in Liverpool city centre.
Three men were taken to hospital with one suffering serious facial injuries after being attacked at the bar.
Ellesmere Port man jailed for stalking and assaulting former partner
A man from Ellesmere Port has been jailed after he admitted assaulting controlling and harassing his former partner.
Michael Duncan appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on Monday 27 February where he pleaded guilty to section 39 assault and stalking.
The 38-year-old was sentenced to six months in prison and handed a five-year restraining order against his former partner.
28 Emergency Help Points launched in Wirral
On 1 March, a system of public safety emergency contact points was introduced in the most busiest areas of Wirral.
There are a total of 28 Emergency Help Points located in various spots throughout Wirral, including town centres, coastal regions, and other popular gathering places.
At each help point there is a direct, two-way audio connection with the council’s Emergency Control Centre that people can use if they find themselves in difficulty or danger. The help points are backed up by CCTV surveillance cameras so control centre operators can immediately monitor the situation and alert emergency services if necessary.
Birkenhead man charged with possession of a knife
Merseyside Police has charged a man from Birkenhead following an incident on Thursday 2 March.
At around 5pm, Merseyside Police received a report of a disturbance on Bentinck Street.
Charlie Farragher, 23, of Birkenhead, has been charged with possession of a knife/blade/sharp pointed article in a public place.
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