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This message is dated Thursday 3rd March 2022 - Ascot

Alert message sent 03/03/2022 13:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


FIRST – YET ANOTHER SEXTORTION:

On the 1st of March, the victim was in an online chat room and engaged with an attractive young woman. They then exchanged Instagram and snapchat details.

The girl then asked him to send her intimate photos of himself, which he did  Unfortunately, these included intimate body parts and facial images, so that he is identifiable.

Immediately she received the photos, she sent him a screenshot of his Instagram contacts and said that all of the photos will be sent to his followers unless he pays £1,000.

IT IS STILL HAPPENING – IT APPEARS - EVERY DAY.

Can you pass on this message to all your contacts – young and old !!!

DO NOT SAY, DO, WRITE, PHOTOGRAPH, VIDEO, RECORD, ANYTHING ONLINE, THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, WORK COLLEAGUES, EMPLOYERS – EVERYONE IN YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT LIST TO SEE !!!!

YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE !  DON’T DO IT !

NEXT:  NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS IN WRAYSBURY, WINDSOR TOWN CENTRE, ST. LEONARDS HILL & DEDWORTH:


Many thanks to all those that called them through.
‘Nottingham Knockers’ is the traditional name we give for the young lads going door to door selling household products – but they are no longer just lads, and they don’t come from Nottingham !

This is a scam and no-one should deal with them.  It has two parts:

It is a means of locating elderly or vulnerable residents who have money and are easily parted with it.
They now use contactless debit card hand held devices.  They put in the agreed amount of the purchase and ask the resident to enter their PIN number.  They then apparently have difficulty getting a phone connection and wave the device around to improve the signal.  While doing this, they change the amount.  Last year we had one incident, where the amount was changed from £15 to £500 !  The resident did not find out until they received a bank statement a month later, when it was too late to do anything about it.
The only people who can go door to door sell books & food – hence the fish man is OK.  No-one else can sell anything door to door, without a ‘Pedlars Certificate’.  This is a small white form about 4 inches square.  These are issued by police forces across the country and can be used anywhere.  Before issuing a Pedlars Certificate, the police carry out a background check.  Only ‘people of good character’ can be issued with a Certificate.  That excludes anyone with a criminal history or conviction.

To get round this, the Nottingham Knockers produce what they call a ‘Hawkers Identification’.  This is an A4 yellow sheet, stating that the Knocker is working on a rehabilitation scheme.  THERE IS NO SUCH THING.  This is simply a made up form they print out.

SO – the minute they say – ‘I am just out of prison, on a rehabilitation scheme, trying to work my way back into society’.  You know they are part of the scam.

They pay a small amount for the products and bag, the organiser supplies them with.  Any money they make over that, is theirs and they get an additional payment, for every address of an elderly or vulnerable person who lives alone, they find.  The organiser puts these addresses into a list, which is then sold on to other scammers and offenders.  Those on the list – it has a colloquial name – ‘A Succours List’ will then get calls and visits from other scammers – the roofers, bogus builders, tree surgeons, tarmaccers, driveway, people, guttering cleaners and double glazing sales people.

YOU MUST NOT GET ON ONE OF THESE LISTS AS IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF !

Honor Ryan from the RBWM Trading Standards Team has a copy of one of these lists, with 300 names and addresses.  She tries to visit them all personally, to talk about how in future, to deal with cold callers, to prevent them becoming victims.

The simple solution, is not to engage with them and wave them away when they knock at your door from a window.  They are very simple to recognise – they are usually young, but not always, both boys and girls, but they all, carry a large hold all over their shoulders containing the poor quality household products.  Please always use our NHW motto.  If everyone uses the same words, they will just leave and hopefully not come back.

I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR.

Then politely, but firmly close and lock the front door.

NEXT:  From RBWM:
DOMESTIC ABUSE SAFE ACCOMODATION STRATEGY AGREED


A new strategy for providing safe accommodation and associated support for victims of domestic abuse has been agreed following a successful public consultation.  

The Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy 2021-24, which is a new legal requirement for councils, sets out how safe accommodation and support for victims and their children will be provided and further enhanced over the period.

Cabinet agreed the strategy, associated action plan and six priorities for investment and delivery this week, with an overarching priority to ensure victims and their families have access to safe, good quality accommodation that meets their needs. 

The priorities are: access to safe accommodation, support to remain safely at home, perpetrator management, coordinated support, victim representation, and improved data collection across services.

EXTRA HELP TO JOIN OUR RESIDENT PARKING DISCOUNT SCHEME

If you’d like to join our new resident parking discount scheme, offering one hour's free parking in six popular car parks, but need additional support with the online process, don’t worry.

We’re running a number of drop-in sessions, offering extra help to those who need it with setting up their RingGo accounts and applying for their free, virtual parking permits.

Drop-in sessions will be held at the following libraries:
Windsor Tuesday 1 March 4pm-5pm.
Datchet Thursday 10 March 3pm-4pm.
Eton Wick Thursday 17 March 3pm-4pm.
Ascot Thursday 24 March 3pm-4pm.

Please bring the following supporting documents, vehicle ownership details and proof of residency, along with your mobile phone so library staff can assist you. You do not need to have a smart phone to apply for permits or use the discounts.

You can apply for the discount at car parks in Alma Road and Alexandra Gardens in Windsor, Grove Road and West Street in Maidenhead, Horton Road in Datchet, and Meadow Lane in Eton

REMINDER – APPLY EARLY TO HOLD A PLATINUM JUBILEE STREET PARTY

The Royal Borough invites you to join Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum
Jubilee celebrations this summer by applying to hold street parties in your
community.

Events and initiatives marking Her Majesty’s milestone 70 years of service as
monarch to the UK and Commonwealth will be held throughout the year,
building to celebrations over the extended Bank Holiday weekend from
Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.

Applications for temporary road closures, need to be made at least 10 weeks in
advance to meet legal requirements. The closing date for all applications is
Friday 25 March.

We're looking forward to receiving lots of applications from across the
Borough. And what's more, you’ll be glad to know that we're even covering the
legal fees for the temporary road closures.

GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL TOWN CENTRE FORUM MEETINGS

If you’d like to have your say on issues affecting Maidenhead and Windsor towns, we want to hear from you. 

You can suggest discussion topics for the Maidenhead Town Forum
https://rbwm.moderngov.co.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=157

 or Windsor Town Forum
https://rbwm.moderngov.co.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=158

as well as attend and contribute to the virtual meetings.

Agendas are published a week in advance, so you can see what councillors will be discussing, and get involved if there’s a topic you’re interested in.
Your discussion suggestions will be added to a future agenda if appropriate. 

The next Windsor Town Forum is on Tuesday 8 March and the next Maidenhead Town Forum is on Thursday 17 March.

To learn about how to get involved, email mark.beeley@rbwm.gov.uk (for Maidenhead Town Forum) or oran.norris-browne@rbwm.gov.uk (for Windsor Town Forum). You can watch the meetings live on our YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZNp1KmF3YnabN6enzlyelQ

CRIME:

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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org

WINDSOR:
CENTRAL WINDSOR:

centralwindsorneighbourhoodteam@thamesvalley.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

ETON & ETON WICK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

WINDSOR WEST

windsorwestnhpt@thamesvalley.police.uk
CLEWER, DEDWORTH & OAKLEY GREEN:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

West Windsor Community Group 
Working together to improve our community. 
 
In West Windsor we have a strong history of people working together to improve their local communities, there are many residents associations and community groups in the area who work tirelessly to support the activities of the local people. The aim of the West Windsor Community Group is to enhance community cohesion by bringing these groups together to share ideas, provide co-ordinated support for their actions and encourage greater participation in local community matters. 
 
Community forum meetings are open to everyone and provide a great opportunity for local councillors, police, local organisations/businesses and residents to come together on a quarterly basis. 
 
Many of the issues and concerns that you have about your local area can only be addressed by all of us working together. We have received positive feedback on this arrangement, examples in other areas has helped to reduce the overall number of meetings in local areas, as well as improve our ability to come up with solutions and work together to address local issues. 
Community forum meetings 
Community forums; 
provide an opportunity for you to share all of the great things which are happening in the local area, as well as to discuss and collectively address local issues and concerns; 
support you to be actively involved in your community through connecting you to other people and groups, enabling you to share ideas, and providing access to support and funding; 
engage with you about local priorities and provide opportunities for you to influence plans and services which will impact on your local area; 
focus on wider community issues rather than individual complaints or individual case work issues. These can be reported in a variety of ways including directly to your RBWM ward Councillor.  
The first community forum will be held at Woody’s Café, Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground, Windsor SL4 5AY on Thursday 31st March 2022, 7pm. All Welcome. 
 
Draft agenda 31st March: 
Welcome 
Apologies 
Aims of the WWCG and West Windsor Community Forum 
Picnic in the Park – Saturday 9th April 2022 
Platinum Jubilee celebrations  
Police update 
AOB


Richard Endacott
The West Windsor Community group


CLEWER EAST & PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

WINDSOR EAST

windsoreastnhpt@thamesvalley.police.uk
DATCHET, HORTON & WRAYSBURY:
1/3  Tuesday 3.45 p.m.  Slough Road, Datchet.  Report of a man walking along the road trying the door handles of parked cars.  Ref. No:  43220092131

OLD WINDSOR:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.


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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Eyes, ears.....and Brain

Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.police.uk


NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

A new year, a new logo, a new beginning

Why not start a new scheme in your street - A scheme is a group of members, usually in the same road or area, which has a coordinator to manage the scheme.

In the last week, we have had inquiries from various residents and we are delighted to announce that three new schemes are being set up.

There are many benefits to starting a scheme - awareness of types of crimes that affect our communities such as vehicle crime and advice on scams, access to CCTV,  for instance.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about crime awareness though. It's about supporting communities and tackling issues within them like, loneliness and vulnerability.

Being aware of these issues will enable you to be proactive in your community to help those in our communities that need support.

Please contact us on contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.
Valerie Pike, Chairman of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. 

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

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