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This message is dated Wednesday 19th January 2022 - Ascot

Alert message sent 19/01/2022 13:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

FIRST:  Two car park scams to be aware of:
17/1  Monday 12 noon.  Supermarket Car Park, Dedworth Road, Windsor.  The aggrieved left the shop with her shopping.  She was approached by a man who said there was a trolley nearby, it was full of shopping and wondered if it was hers.  She went to look and when she turned back, there was a man in the passenger seat of her car rifling through. She had nothing in the car and shouted "Thief".  They immediately ran off.  Nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220023308
17/1  West Street Car Park, Maidenhead.  The aggrieved was at the pay machine for the car park and had inserted his card which appeared to have been retained.  A man and a woman came up to assist him.  They asked him for his account and PIN number so that they could see if they could get it to work.  Eventually the aggrieved realised he was being scammed and the pair made off.  They are described as:  1 A woman of mixed race in her 40s, smartly dressed wearing a white jumper and hat.  2  A man of mixed race wearing a Barbour style jacket.  This is an old scam.  The scammers insert a sleeve into the machine, held in place with small metal grips.  If a card is inserted into the ATM, it slips inside the sleeve and the machine cannot read it so does nothing.  It is not retained by the machine and after the scammers have persuaded the victim that all is OK the card is safe and to leave, they retrieve the card and sleeve.  By then of course they have obtained the PIN and other details and start to with draw cash from the account.  If you feel this is happening, run your finger over the card slot.  It should be metallic and smooth.  If you feel the grips, DO NOT INSERT YOUR CARD.  Walk away and contact the bank / shop.

NEXT:  More reports of a man dropping off leaflets through doors, then calling on houses to buy unwanted gold / jewellery.

Please – do not deal with anyone who calls at your door – cold callers !  One of our callers followed up the leaflet and googled the name on the flyer, of the business the man purported to represent.  There were no details available.  This is more than likely a scam.  You invite him into you. r home and show him your unwanted gold and jewellery.  He offers a ridiculously low price and leaves – BUT – he has been inside your home, knows the layout and – seen the jewellery you wanted to sell – which is inside your home.
Please remember the NHW motto:

I do not buy goods or services at the door


No-one comes into your home unless you know them – or they have made an appointment


NEXT: I attended a meeting yesterday with Caroline Waites from ‘Speaking Out’.  This is a group that supports adults over 18 years old, with a learning disability.

Melissa Whitley from Supported Learning Employment, made a presentation, outlining the services available to adults with Learning Disability and their families.  They aim to find paid employment, as well as work experience, for those with a learning disability.

Support Employment Services:

Once someone referred feels that they can do a job by themselves, their Job Coach will keep in touch, to make sure everything is going well.

We can help by talking to their employer, if there are any problems.
If you would like support with finding work, volunteering or training please contact:

Tel:  01628 685 777

The Optalis Employment Service RBWM / Optalis accept referrals through Adult Social Care.  Self-referral through Optalis at the RBWM website.

They have ‘Job Coaches’ and an ‘Ability Travel Programme’.  The Job Coach organises a one to one meeting, to see if there is an opportunity for independent work and travel to and from work.  They will assist with obtaining bus or train passes.  If the person is unable to travel independently, they will assist with an application for government funding, under ‘Access to Work’, which will then pay for Taxis.

Ability to travel to work:

Step 1.  The first step is to make an appointment to talk with one of their ‘Ability Coaches’ about the journey and what travelling experience they have.
Step 2.  Practice the route, road safety and timetables
Step 3  The Ability Coach will help plan the best route to help reach the destination and talk about safety on public transport / walking / cycling
Step 4  The next session will involve recognising parts of the route
Step 5  Continue to practice the route, building confidence, knowledge of the route and then leading the Ability Coach, through the route.
Step 6  Finally, practising alternate routes, problem solving and becoming confident to use the phone and Travel training Plan.

These people are really committed to providing a brilliant level of support.

NEXT:  From Liz Crathorne, who is the secretary of the WEA – Adult Learning Within Reach.

Dear Jeff,

I am part of a small group of volunteers organizing adult education classes in Maidenhead with the WEA.

WEA is a charity putting on courses all over the UK.  You were kind enough to put details of one of our courses in your Alert message last term, which resulted in a couple of new students enrolling.

I would be grateful if you would put details of our course Aspects of Prehistory being held at St Marks Methodist Church, Allenby Road, Maidenhead SL6 5BE. It starts on Thursday 3 March for 5 weeks, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. looking at each of the epochs of prehistory from the Stone Age to the Ages of Bronze and Iron.

There will be lots of artefacts for students to handle. Details of this and other courses can be found on (Find a Course and put Maidenhead in the search box).

Please contact Liz Crathorne for more information.

Many thanks

Secretary, WEA Maidenhead Branch

Have a look at the website – it looks really interesting !!


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 -



17/1  Monday 3.15 a.m.  Brockenhurst Road.  Shed break – Chainsaw stolen.  Ref. No:  43220025928

16/1 – 17/1  Sunday 6 p.m. / Monday 8 a.m.  London Road.  3 temporary offices broken into and searched.  Storage container also forced open and searched.  Power tools stolen.  Ref. No;  43220022902
14/7 – 17/1  Friday 4 p.m. / Monday 6 a.m.  Silwood Park, Cheapside.  Container on a building site forced open and searched.  Mess and site office also broken into and searched.  Nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220023674


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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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