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This message is dated Monday 18th October 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 18/10/2021 13:52:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

FIRST:  From Caroline Waites from Advocacy for People

Hi Jeff,

I was wondering if you could post about a parent/carer group, for those caring for adults with a learning disability, which I am currently trying to set up.

Caroline Waites
LDPB Officer
The Advocacy People

The RBWM Learning Disability Partnership Board are setting up a Parent / Carer Support Group. For those caring for an adult with a learning disability in Windsor & Maidenhead.

The aim of the group, is to provide friendship and support in a safe space, where individual experiences can be shared and supported.

We want to help break down the walls of isolation and bring people together, through their shared experiences, as well as having some fun and laughter.

If this is something you or someone you know would like to join, then please contact:
Caroline Waites from The Advocacy People, who will be setting the group up. Contact details:

NEXT:  Happy Halloween,

Thames Valley Police would like to inform you of what your local Neighbourhood Policing Team and local partners are doing during the Halloween and firework celebrations.

Your Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out patrols in the evenings to make sure people who are trick or treating are doing so in a friendly manner and not causing a nuisance.

For some people this time of year can be a bother as your evenings are interrupted with people knocking on your doors for treats.

Most of these children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and will be friendly.

At any point if you feel unsafe:
  • Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole, look out of a window and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
  • Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
  • If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identify people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and
  • offer them reassurance.
  • Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

To report anti-social behaviour contact the Thames Valley Police
24 hour non-emergency number 101.

In an emergency dial 999.

 Thames Valley Police and the Fire and Rescue Services across Thames Valley are urging people to take extra care at Bonfire Night parties.
Having your own fireworks party or celebrating with family and friends can be great fun. But by far the safest way to enjoy these seasonal activities is to attend a professionally organised event. 
We want everyone to enjoy a safe and trouble-free Bonfire Night and are working closely with Trading Standards to ensure fireworks aren’t sold to those who are under 18.
Please think of others and remember that fireworks shouldn’t be let off between 11pm and 7am.
If you are holding your own fireworks party please don’t put your family or friends at risk, follow the safety advice below for a safe home display.
  • Always remember to follow the fireworks code
  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit
  • Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to a child under five
  • Keep pets indoors
More information can be found on the Thames Valley Police


Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service offers the following advice on fire safety at Halloween:
  • Lanterns
Think carefully about the fire risks, particularly the possibility of the candle falling over. If making homemade lanterns, never use plastic bottles or containers.
Never allow small children to carry lanterns lit by naked flames.
  • Costumes
Make sure that Halloween costumes and masks are labelled as flame resistant.
Don't use flammable materials to make home-made costumes.
Keep children away from naked flames at all times.
  • Candles
Make sure that candles are securely placed in a correct holder away from drafts, and placed where they are not likely to be knocked over.
Never let children play near candles.
Ensure that the candles are extinguished completely at night.
  • Lighting
If you are using decorative lights in your home, ensure that the electricity sockets are not overloaded.
Decorative lights should be switched off at the mains last thing at night, or if the bulbs need changing.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service offer the following advice about bonfire safety.
  • Site well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and always away from fireworks.
  • Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side.
  • Never use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire.
  • Don’t burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint or bottles.
  • Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised all the time.
  • For an emergency, keep buckets of water or the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving.

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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -

16/10  Saturday 11 p.m.  Park Drive.  Eggs thrown at a car, which was difficult to clean off.  Ref. No:  43210467853

17/10  Sunday 7 p.m.  Cavendish Meads.  A witness reported finding a large number of index plates in the small cops opposite Cavendish Meads.  Ref. No:  43210468936

17/10  Sunday  4.30 p.m.  Playing area. Liddell Way.  A witness reported a group of 3 youths causing criminal damage to the play area.  Ref. No:  43210468759


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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Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.
Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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