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This message is dated Friday 28th August 2020 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 28/08/2020 15:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

The victim received a video phone call on Wednesday evening, on a Contact App. out of the blue, from a woman he did not know.  She was laying in a compromising position, unclothed and started a conversation.  The victim answered a few innocuous questions, then terminated the call.
Almost immediately, he received another call, from the same number.  This time it was a man, who said he had a recorded a video of the conversation with the woman, which he would send to the victim’s wife and all his friends, if he did not send £2,000.
The victim was totally un-cooperative and told him to do that, he would not pay any money.
The victim called the police, as a string of demanding and intimidating emails followed.  He still refused to co-operate or send any money.
The scammer then sent screenshots of the victim’s wife’s Facebook page, to show he was serious about posting the video to all the victim’s friends and family.
Has anyone else received a similar call and threat ?  If so, please report it to us - in total confidence.
The police cyber-crime teams have the emails and details of the App address and are fully investigating this case.  To date, no video has been posted.
Please be aware - some of these contact Apps do have downsides.  If you do get a call like this, terminate it immediately.  Though this particular potential victim was not at all intimidated or co-operative.  It was intimidating.
NEXT:  I have heard from several members that they too, have had letters saying they had electrical cables running under their gardens. As well as:-
Hi Jeff,
Re Electric cables scam. Thanks for publishing today.
By the way, my friend in Freshwater IOW she and 2 of her female neighbours received a similar letter about overhead electric cables.
The plot thickens.
It is clearly therefore a scam - JUST BIN THEM

You will see from the burglaries below, the preferred point of entry, for our opportunist thieves, is rear patio doors.  These are traditionally made of ‘toughened’ glass.  This is the same material, as car windscreens and we all know how they shatter.  If you are replacing any ground floor windows, or glass in windows on the first floor, beside single story extensions, think about replacing the glass with ‘laminated’ glass.
This is available for all double glazed units as well as patio doors.  It may cost a little more - it’s not a lot, but it will prevent anyone getting in that way.  You will have seen how it reacts, if an attempt is made to smash it in our town centres - as shop windows, are usually laminated.  It just crazes, but doesn’t break !
I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.
I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -
26/8  Wednesday 11.30 a.m. / 12.30 p.m.  Town Centre, Locked up bike stolen from a bike rack.  A mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43200267463
26/8  Wednesday 12.05 p.m.  King Street.  Locked up bike stolen.  A grey, Carrera Crossfire, racing bike.  Ref. No:  43200267876
27/8  Thursday 1.30 a.m. / 8.10  Station Approach.  Bike locked in a bike rack stolen.  A white bike.  Ref No:  43200268997
26/8  Wednesday 10.15 a.m.  Sutton Road, Cookham.  Burglary.  Entry via forced kitchen door.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Not yet able to say if anything stolen.  Ref. No:  43200267050
20/8 - 27/8  Cemetary, Long lane, Cookham.  Bolt croppers used to cut the lock from the gates.  Someone has then driven in and fly tipped garden and house waste inside.  Ref. No:  43200268552
27/8  Thursday 7.50 a.m.  The Straight Mile, Shurlock Row.  Ifor Williams trailer stolen from a rear garden.  Ref. No:  43200267946
27/8  Thursday 1.25 p.m.  Cherry Garden Lane.  Burglary.  The owner returned to find their house had been burgled.  Entry via forced front door.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Jewellery stolen.  Ref. No:  43200268499

26/8  Wednesday 10 a.m. / 12.30 p.m.  Ascot Road, Holyport.  Burglary.  The owner returned to find their house had been burgled.  Entry via forced rear patio doors.  Whole house searched, bank cards and cash stolen.  Ref. No:  43200267055
26/8  Wednesday 8 a.m. / 6 p.m.  Braywick Service Road.  Burglary. The owner returned to find their house had been burgled.  Entry via forced patio doors and conservatory window.  Not yet known if anything stolen.  Ref. No:  43200267504
27/8  Thursday 1 p.m.  Sandisplatt Road.  Attempted Burglary.  Entry via laundry room window.  When they did this they knocked over a plant and alerted the owner, who disturbed them.  They immediately made off in a black VW which had been parked on the driveway.  Ref. No:  43200268632
26/8  Wednesday 2.35 p.m.  Woodcote.  Battery stolen from a bike parked outside a house.  Ref. No:  43200267231
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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The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown,  Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes have been started and others expanded.  Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:-   Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close,  and others.
Residents within these scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at

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Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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