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This message is dated Monday 30th September 2019 - Windsor

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This message is dated Monday 30th September 2019 for Windsor.
I have had this in from Diane purchase from the Windsor Lions.  It relates to fundraising for ‘The Windsor Defibrillator Partnership’.  You may have seen the yellow defib boxes, strategically placed around Windsor Town Centre.  They have done a brilliant job so far:
The WCDP – made up of local volunteer community groups - Windsor St George Rotary Club, Windsor Street Angels, The Town Partnership, Thames Valley Police and Windsor Lions – are joining forces with yet another partner, in its drive to install more Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs), around Windsor.
This time their partner is St George’s School, Windsor Castle, where two separate initiatives are planned:
The first invites pupils, parents and teachers to guess the number of balls packed inside the AED box, prominently placed in the school.  The nearest guess, will win a Daniels Voucher !
Then on 21 November between 3 and 5pm the school will be running a ‘Walk the Peaks’ challenge, in the school grounds. Over 2 hours, a large number of students and teachers will walk the equivalent of the three highest peaks in the UK.
This will be a sponsored challenge and the school is confident, they will raise a large percentage of the cost of a defibrillator and safe.
The organiser at St Georges School, Mr Wilson said 'the young leaders at St Georges School, as well as volunteers from Windsor Girls School, are looking forward immensely to raising money for such a worthwhile cause.'
'We are going to run, walk, hop and use other inventive ideas, to cover the distance of the three peaks challenge’.
Since 2017, the WCDP has raised funds for and placed 11 Automatic External Defibrillators around Windsor Town Centre.  These are accessible to the public 24/7.
WCDP also stage free training courses on giving life-saving CPR and on the use of the AEDs. The group is on track to provide 17 AEDs by the end of the year.

For more information please contact Mike Sells on 07704 954463
NEXT:  The Windsor Lions are really busy at the moment - here is an update from one of their initiatives re Foodbanks:

Windsor Foodshare, the Windsor based foodbank, is fulfilling such a vital role in the community that they are having to make room for extra storage – largely funded through their link up, with Windsor Lions Club.
Based at the Baptist Church in Smiths Lane, this week sees the Foodshare, take delivery of a new facility, for storing the provisions generously donated by local people and businesses.
Windsor Foodshare, has been in existence for almost six years and is part of Windsor Christian Action, which is also an umbrella for the Windsor Homeless Project and Windsor Street Angels.
Windsor Lions, have been strong supporters of the Foodshare, for more than two years, providing not only financial help, but ‘Lion-Power’ from members who help with the weekly sessions, to sort and make up packs, for local families and people who need at bit of help.
Foodshare Co-ordinator Sarah Howard, enthusiastically welcomed the new facility: ‘We are so pleased to have this new storage area – it will make life so much easier, for all the volunteers to keep track of our provisions and enable us to provide, an even better service to the people who need us.
We love working alongside the Windsor Lions and helping them to fulfill their motto ‘We Serve’.  Together we are all making a big difference.’
NEXT: From Rob Abell at Trading Standards:
Hi Jeff
We have had a call in from a Dedworth resident this morning, about a prize draw scam, which came via her friend on Facebook.  This was a friend she trusts and is genuine - the friend said "I won lots of money from this Comic Relief Fund and saw your name on the winners list too - have you got your winnings yet ?"  So our complainant, has entered into messenger chat with her friend.  The prize money, apparently comes from the Comic Relief Community Fund, and it gives an address of 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP.
She thought she had won £100,000 and has been corresponding, with someone who calls himself, Anthony Williams-Smith.  Luckily, she was slightly wary and though to contact Trading Standards, to ask if it was legitimate.
On discussing the matter with her, it became apparent a FedEx courier was being arranged to come to her house tonight, to deliver the £100,000 in cash when, she hands him £500 in gift vouchers (5 x £100 Steam Vouchers).  She had asked whether she could pay him £500 in cash out of the £100,000 cash he was delivering, but they said that is not allowed.
It was of course, highly suspicious, as it involved a courier.  She has not entered a competition, and it should not require £500 to be paid by her to claim the winnings - particularly - in an untraceable gift voucher payment.
The real Comic Relief, would want good publicity, so would send a recognised Comic Relief celebrity, or at least an official from Head Office member of staff round with an oversized cheque, and there would not be gift vouchers involved, or an innocent intermediary, from FedEx. 
The complainant has this afternoon been round to her trusted friend’s house to see why this scam had originated from her and the friend has said that her Facebook account had been hacked, so although the messages looked like they were coming from her, they weren't, and she did not have a big win herself either.
It has likely, gone out to everyone in the friends list of the hacked account, so they are now making efforts to contact them and warn them.  Everyone involved in that list, must now change, and change passwords.
I have further advised them all to report this to 101 or Action Fraud.  Please warn everyone, via your usual channels.  This person did the right thing, by stopping to think about it and check with someone.
Further advice is here:
Kind regards
Fair Trading Officer
Trading Standards & Licensing Team

Looking for addresses, I cam across this link to Community groups & Charities in the area - some of it may be out of date, but I thought it might be useful to store as a favourite:
30/9  Monday 2 .m. / 2.30 a.m.  Business, Alma Road.  The owner arrived at work to find a rear window forced - a beer case stolen.
23/9 - 30/9  Welfare Container, Frances Road.  Offenders climbed over the container and forced the rear door.  Office door then forced - not believed anything was stolen.
28/9  Saturday  8 p.m. / 11.15 p.m.  Royal Station.  Bike stolen from outside the train station.  An orange, Specialized bike.
27/9  Friday  8.30 p.m. / 9 p.m.  Thames Street.  Car driver’s window forced open.  Car searched.  Bluetooth speaker and sunglasses hidden under the passenger seat stolen.
27/9  Friday 10 a.m. / 11 a.m.  Goswell Hill.  Bike locked to the railway railings stolen.  A very valuable, black & white Specialized, man’s, mountain bike.
28/9  Saturday 1.40 p.m.  Arthur Road.  The owner, propped their bike outside for a few minutes while he went inside.  When he returned the bike was gone.  Excellent CCTV footage of the offender.

30/9  Monday 10.40 a.m.  London Road, Datchet.  A man has ridden up on his bike and smashed car wing mirror and window.
29/9 - 30/9  Sunday 3.30 p.m. / Monday 6.45 a.m.  Manor Lane Datchet.  Car passenger window smashed - 50p loose change stolen from the centre console.
29/9 - 30/9  Sunday 5 p.m. / Monday 8.30 a.m.  Windsor Road, Datchet.  Car passenger window smashed - loose change stolen from the centre console.
28/9 - 29/9  Saturday 7 p.m. / Sunday 2 p.m. Milton Close, Horton.  Front and rear car index plates stolen.
Dear Jeff

We keep getting calls with a recorded message from HMRC, on our home phone and on my mobile, to advise that there is a warrant out for my arrest, due to underpayment of taxes. Press 1 to sort it. Me: Click - go away!
Becoming a nuisance now, as I received three calls on my mobile today, I will block and report the number.
Worries are that some people may press 1. These people never give up!
Kind regards
Thanks Maria - this is a really widespread current scam.  These are going by the thousand, right across the country, by text and email.
Please don’t be fooled, just delete it !
NEXT: This next one has come in cross border, but it could happen here !
Subject: Possible tel. scam from Berkshire

I have an elderly friend who lives in Greatworth, Nr Brackley, who told me that yesterday, she received a tel. call from someone who lived in Taplow, Maidenhead, saying she was collecting money for children in a Children’s Home.  She asked my friend to put a £10 note in an envelope and send it to her address.
I advised my friend not to send anything, but she was hard to convince, as it was for children in a home.

This is how these scams work, they draw you in emotionally.  NO genuine charity, will ask you to do this.

Hi Jeff
At 2:30 pm on Wednesday I received a telephone call.  The caller knew my name and said that he was calling, about the loft insulation we had installed a few years ago.
He claimed to be a surveyor, responsible for my area,  He gave me the name of his company and went on to say that his call, was following identification of damp and mildew problems, within some installations. When questioned at length, it was apparent that he didn’t know when, or by whom, our loft insulation had been upgraded, or under which scheme.
He told me the inspection would only take 20 minutes and they had vans attending in our area, on Thursday and today (Friday).  He added that several householders in my road, had already agreed to inspections.
I told him that without a written request in advance, proof of credentials and proper notice, I would not be providing access. I offered my email address, but nothing more has been heard from him.
I suspect a scam, possibly to gain access and sell goods or services that are not required.
Many thanks Martin.  Usually these scammers discover that there is a problem and more work needs to be done.  These come under the category - ‘Bogus Builder’.  These scammers, target vulnerable people.  They befriend them, then empty their bank accounts, for needless work they do, or possibly don’t even do, but always to a very poor standard, often requiring thousands of pounds worth of additional work, that needs to be done, to put what they have done, right.
If you get one of these unsolicited calls, from anyone offering to come to your home to provide services - JUST PUT THE PHONE DOWN - IT NEVER ENDS WELL !
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.
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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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