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This message is dated Thursday 3rd March 2022 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 03/03/2022 13:28:00

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


MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.police.uk
1/3  Tuesday 6.15 p.m.  Denmark Terrace.  Car wing mirror and rear windscreen wiper ripped off.  Ref. No:  43220092332

RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
28/2  Monday 10 a.m.  Ray Mead Road.  Alarm sounded and a young man in an anorak and  track suit ran out.  Ref. No:  43220089764
24/2 – 28/2  In the Ray, Garage break.  The door had been left open as the owner was working nearby.  Power tools stolen.  Ref. No:  43220090817

MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT

PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:

2/3  Wednesday 4 p.m. / 5 p.m.  Halifax Road.  Packages stolen from front of property after delivery.  Ref. No:  43220094758
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK
28/2  Monday 1.15 p.m.  Wallingford Way.  Bike shed broken into and several bikes possibly stolen.  1  A pink & black, Chris Boardman bike – WITH FRAME NUMBER.  Ref. No:  43220090129.  2.  A grey & teal, Boardman hybrid bike.  Ref. No:  43220090483 A wheel which had the chain through left behind from another stolen bike.
23/2 – 2/3  Chatsworth Close.  Garage break – lock forced.  Searched but nothing believed to have been stolen.  Ref. No:  43220093148
3/3  Thursday 0.25 a.m.  Wallingford Way.  Break in to block’s bike shed.  Searched and a bike stolen.  No details of the bike as yet.  Ref. No:  43220094299
2/3 Tuesday 5 p.m.  Kingston Close.  Turquoise blue & orange La Pierre mountain bike stolen from a locked bike store.  Ref. No:  43220093851

OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
2/3  Wednesday 1.15 p.m.  Farm, Blackbird Lane.  Car parked in front of a gate, blocking access to fields. Ref. No:  43220093378
3/3  Thursday 3.10 a.m.  Fishery Lodge.  Attempted burglary.  CCTV footage of a man wearing gloves and a surgical mask forcing open electric gates and walking around the forecourt.  No entry gained to the house.  Ref. No:  43220094690
1/3  Tuesday 10 p.m. / 11.55 p.m.  Farm, Drift Road / Blackbird Lane.  Field gate chain and lock cut by grinder, reinforced telescope raising metal bollard forced over and bent likely by chain and pulled over by large 4x4 vehicle.  Vehicle then preceded to drive into and over arable field, likely hare coursing or deer shooting. After traveling all over field exited through the same gateway and travelled west towards Hawthorn Hill.  Ref. No:  43220093221


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


FROM THE MAIDENHEAD NHW ASSOCIATION:

Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association is growing fast, and with more members joining every day, we need to ask for volunteers to join us on the association to help keep the association going and keep Maidenhead safe!  
 
Here is a shortlist of the positions we have available: 
Multi-Scheme Administrator (MSA) 
Secretary of the Association 
Board members of the Association 
Vice-Chairman of the Association  
 
Please visit our website: MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk and from there you will be able to see all the different ways you can get involved to help support your local community. There is no time commitment or dedicated hours, but we do ask if you can attend the association meetings (One 60 Minute meeting every 2 months) 
 
If you have any question about any of the positions available, please feel free to contact us at contact@MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk 
 
I look forward to speaking with you soon. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
James Cooper HNDip, MBCS 
Chairman – Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association & Vice-Chair for Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association  

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

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