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This message is dated Tuesday 11th January 2022 - Ascot

Alert message sent 11/01/2022 18:28:00

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I do hope everyone had a successful Christmas and New Year celebrations.

I have returned to reports of Avian flu!  This is the guidance:

All members of the public are requested to report sick or dead birds to DEFRA directly, by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a notifiable animal disease:
If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds, you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.Failure to do so is an offence.

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77).  Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. For further information see our advice to the public.

Register your birds
We encourage all keepers to register their birds with DEFRA, and keep contact details up to date, so we can contact you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in your area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register.

Find out how to register your poultry and game birds.

Report signs of disease

You must keep a close watch on your birds, for any signs of disease and must seek prompt advice from your vet, if you have any concerns. If you suspect avian influenza you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.

Pigeons or birds of prey
If your birds are within a disease control zone, make sure you check the restrictions applicable to that zone.
An AIPZ including housing measures is in force. Pigeons and birds of prey must be housed or where not possible kept in a fully netted ideally covered areas which keeps kept birds separate from wild birds and minimises contact with wild bird faeces, feathers etc. You can exercise and train pigeons or fly birds of prey, including for pest control, but they should avoid direct contact with wild birds. Pigeon lofts should not be left open for the birds to come and go as they please. For further information see our biosecurity guidance.
You are advised not to feed any wild birds, in particular any wild shot or hunted wildfowl, to any birds of prey, during a period of heightened risk of avian influenza infection in wild birds. This includes birds that may have been shot or hunted earlier in the year, since the virus can remain viable in frozen carcases for at least 12 months.

Game birds and shoots
See the avian influenza and game birds guidance on the Game Farmers Association website. This guidance has been prepared by game shooting, research and game conservation bodies. It is endorsed by Defra, Scottish Government, Welsh Government and DAERA in Northern Ireland.
Once game birds have been released, they are classified as wild birds. The person who released the game birds, is no longer classed as the ‘keeper’ of the birds.
You can continue to feed and water released game birds but you should make reasonable efforts to minimise the chance of other wild birds accessing their feed and water, for example by placing it under cover. You should use commercial feed and fresh or treated water.

Additional restrictions will apply when disease control zones are in place. Definitive requirements for disease control zones will be set out in published declarations. 

The vaccination of poultry and most captive birds against avian influenza, is not currently permitted. Vaccination is not a routine control measure and is a practice restricted by legislation.

How to spot avian influenza
There are 2 types of avian influenza.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is the more serious type. It is often fatal in birds. The main clinical signs of HPAI in birds (which can include any or a combination of the following) are:
  • sudden and rapid increase in the number of birds found dead
  • several birds affected in the same shed or air space
  • swollen head
  • closed and excessively watery eyes
  • lethargy and depression
  • recumbency and unresponsiveness
  • incoordination and loss of balance
  • head and body tremoring
  • drooping of the wings and/or dragging of legs
  • twisting of the head and neck
  • swelling and blue discolouration of comb and wattles
  • haemorrhages on shanks of the legs and under the skin of the neck
  • loss of appetite or marked decrease in feed consumption
  • sudden increase or decrease in water consumption
  • respiratory distress such as gaping (mouth breathing), nasal snicking (coughing sound), sneezing, gurgling or rattling
  • fever or noticeable increase in body temperature
  • discoloured or loose watery droppings
  • cessation or marked reduction in egg production
Clinical signs can vary between species of bird and some species (for example ducks and geese) may show minimal clinical signs.

Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) is usually less serious and may show more vague clinical signs. It can cause mild breathing problems and reduction of egg production, but affected birds will not always show clear signs of infection.
The severity of LPAI depends on the type of bird and whether it has any other illnesses.
Anyone who keeps poultry must keep a close watch on them for any signs of disease, and must seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.

How avian influenza is spread
Avian influenza spreads from bird to bird by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids and faeces. It can also be spread by contaminated feed and water or by dirty vehicles, clothing and footwear.
The avian influenza virus changes frequently, creating new strains, and there is a constant risk that one of the new strains may spread easily among people.
Avian influenza is not an airborne virus.

Advice for the public
Public health

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. The regional UKHSA Health Protection Teams are working closely with Defra to monitor the situation and will be providing health advice to persons at the infected premises as a precaution.
The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Wild birds
Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.
In Great Britain, if you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77).

We then collect some of these birds and test them to help us understand how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of bird, not all birds will be collected. Wild birds are susceptible to a range of diseases and injuries and not all dead birds will have been infected with avian influenza.


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 -

8/1 – 9/1  Saturday 0.25 a.m. / Sunday 0.25 a.m.  Summerwood.  Garage door and car on the driveway left unlocked.  Both searched – nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220010739
9/1  Sunday 4 a.m.  Beech Hill Road.  Owner has video footage of a man on the driveway trying to open the garage door.  Nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220011583
7/1 – 10/1  Friday 8.45 p.m. / Monday 12.15 p.m.  Rise Road.  2 cars on the driveway ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – searched and nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220013076


10/1  Monday 8 p.m.  Murray Court X 2.  1.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – Searched, but nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220013293  2. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – Searched, but nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220013293


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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