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This message is dated Tuesday 24th November 2020 - Ascot

Alert message sent 24/11/2020 13:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

My favourite message – NO CRIME TO REPORT IN THE LAST 72 HOURS !

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 -


FIRST: Bogus clothes charity collections
Hi Jeff

I really find your emails very useful and they help keep us alert in the neighbourhood !
Here's an example. Today between 08.00-15.00 there was a Charity bag collection by ‘Boot Out Breast Cancer’.
I noticed some bags on the pavement when I went out for run at 07.30 but my wife waited till about 08.00 before she put out our bag.
I think that a plain van [ though we didn't actually see it today]  probably collected the earlier bags as my wife saw the BOBC van about 12.00 doing the official pick up as it had the Charity name on the side.
I've seen this behaviour once before in August for a different Charity bag collection and the driver then was in a hurry.
Please alert folks to keep to the pick up times as I feel sure there are some dodgy people around early in the morning, depriving Charities of their income. Perhaps the Charites who collect like this could be informed of this potential theft.
This incident could be a piece in a jigsaw.

Thanks Bob – If you are supplying clothes for this charity, can you keep an eye out and obtain a photo of and the index number of the white van ???  BUT – you must never put yourself at risk !
NEXT:  A scam posing as the ‘Post Office’:
Hi Jeff,
I have got involved with a Nextdoor group online, if you haven't heard of them, they are invariably talking about an experience, or what doctor to register with, or gardener to use etc..  Someone today, is warning people that she had an email supposedly from the ‘Post Office’ who were unable to deliver a parcel and who said there was a small charge to re-arrange delivery – so presumably - bank details etc please.
Can you warn everyone ?
Thank you Mary.

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 lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit to no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those 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. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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

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