Man arrested and drugs recovered following multi-agency day of action - Oriel Road, Birkenhead

*Published Wednesday, 13 June at 4.00pm*

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Merseyside Police, along with Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team and other key partners, have today (Wednesday, 13 June) carried out a day of action in the Oriel Road area of Birkenhead, as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in the area.

The day of action was organised to clean up the area and ensure it is a safe place to live and visit. The force has worked closely with partners including Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, United Utilities, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Community Connectors who have all been carrying out enforcement activities, providing a visible presence in the area and offering Oriel2reassurance to local residents.

Throughout the course of the day, four Misuse of Drugs Act warrants were executed in the area, resulting in a quantity of class A and class B drugs and weapons being recovered.

A 28-year-old man from the Birkenhead area was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs (cocaine) and possession of a bladed article. He was additionally arrested on suspicion of obstructing police, and offences of burglary, theft and criminal damage for which he was wanted. He has been taken into custody for questioning.

A 37-year-old woman from Birkenhead was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs, and a 21-year-old woman from Birkenhead was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs.

Community Inspector Georgie Minnery said: "Today’s day of action in conjunction with our partners is to reassure local residents that our communities are safe places to live and that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated. We want to encourage the public to keep giving us information, so that we can act on it and ensure the area is a safe and happy environment, rid of crime.

“We welcome local residents to get in touch with us about any concerns they may have about the area, so that we can ultimately improve the lives of the people that live here.”

If you have information about crime in your area you can contact @MerPolCC, 101, or dial 999 in the event of an emergency or if there is a crime in progress. Alternatively, people can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers, 24 hours a day, on 0800 555 111.

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