4 October 2013
I first express my thanks to our police Volunteers, without whom, many of
the services we provide might be very challenging. I
have 5 volunteers that work with me all the time, to enable me to manage
12,500 message recipients across the Royal Borough. Brenda
prepares all our Cocooning and Rural Crime packs, Jenny
comes in whenever I need her and does whatever I ask her do, Andy
concentrates on burglary and reports stolen valuable watches to their
manufacturers and tries to trace stolen bikes and get them back to their
real owners, Tom works with the Thames Valley Alert
system, managing the database and adding new people to it. He also
tracks down those who have been suspended or have communication issues –
a very time consuming job. He also created the database, of all
rural properties, farms, stables, golf courses, hotels etc we have been
using to service the Rural Crime Initiative. Jacqui
works with the Licensing team organising and attending Pub Watch meetings
and dealing with a lot of the continual paperwork.
I mention this, because I attended a Borough wide event last night at the
Eton Rowing Centre– Volunteer of
the Year 2013. It is very humbling, to attend such
an event. To sit with 200 people who give of their time completely
selflessly, to look after others less fortunate than themselves. Tom
won Volunteer of the year in the Community Safety Category and we are
really proud for him. Everyone in the room received a
certificate, but every single one of them, really deserved an award and
recognition, for the silent service they provide to us all. When
this time comes around next year and I circulate the paperwork, think
about making a nomination. These people do not do it to achieve
recognition, but it is a way we can say thank you.
I have attached a photo of Tom and the others who won the Volunteer
of the Year title in their fields, along with the Mayor
Cllr Andrew Jenner and Timmy Mallet who presented the awards,– congratulations
to them all –. I have also attached a photo of Andy, Tom
and Jacquie at the beginning of the evening sitting nervously ! You
can see how many people were there !
I have received this message from
your new Neighbourhood Inspector Mike Darrah:
I have decided to launch live twitter forums, which will be run monthly,
and will involve people being able to log onto our twitter page and pose
questions, or raise concerns directly with the team live.
The first one, will be next week –
Wed 9 Oct 7 p.m.-8.30 p.m..
We will focus on Anti Social Behaviour. Both myself and PC Michelle
Roberts – our ASB Officer, will be live and available directly with the
community and anyone that Tweets.
The reasoning behind it, is that a very specific cross section of the
community tend to use twitter, and hopefully by running these live forums,
it may reach out to yet another section of the community that until now,
have not engaged with us.
Inspector Mike Darrah
Maidenhead Neighbourhood Policing Team
Address Maidenhead Police Station, Bridge Road, Maidenhead, SL6 8LP.
This incident happened in Windsor yesterday. If you work in
a shop, please be aware and on your guard:
3/10 12.15 p.m. / 12.45 p.m. Shop, St Leonard’s Road.
An assistant was dealing with a client when she saw 2 or 3 women enter the
shop and act very suspiciously. When she had finished with that
customer, she found the women had left the shop suddenly and her mobile
phone was missing from the counter. They are described as of Middle
European appearance with head scarves. She then locked the
doors to assess the situation and 2 younger men of Asian appearance
continually pushed at the door. When she spoke to nearby businesses,
the owners said they had caught 2 similarly described men in their shops
and had prevented them from stealing a phone. It is believed they
were all working together, targeting local shops. Can
you please let any small shops you visit know to make them aware.
3/10 Thursday 3 a.m. Magnet Leisure Pool.
Graffiti sprayed all over the building and the skate park in red / orange.
There is CCTV showing a white lad, 6’ tall, late teens, wearing a grey
hoody doing the spraying.
3/10 Thursday 2.40 a.m. St. Cloud Way.
A young lad wearing a black beanie hat and a green hoody was seen to
graffiti the walls
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
4/10 Friday 3.45 a.m. Kidwell’s Park, Marlow Road.
3 men were seen pushing a commercial waste bin from the main entrance of
Kidwell’s Park to the back of the Park. The police were called and
attended immediately. They found the bin at the start of the
alleyway leading to bailey Close. It contained a safe ! An abandoned
car was also found nearby. 3 men had starburst and made off from the
police. WE HAVE HAD NO REPORTS OF
BURGLARIES WHERE A SAFE HAS BEEN STOLEN. CAN YOU SPREAD THE WORD
2/10 – 3/10 Wednesday 9 p.m. / Thursday 7.50 a.m. School,
Bath Road. 3 tags of graffiti have been sprayed on the
walls of the school in red. The tag is the same as has appeared in
the underpass at the Magnet leisure centre.
2/10 – 3/10 Wednesday 9.30 p.m. / Thursday 6.30 a.m. Belmont
Road. Front and rear index plates stolen.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN &
Maidenhead Neighbourhood Policing Team, carried out a High Visibility
policing Operation, during the last two weeks of September. The aim
was to reduce car crime and ‘thefts from’ sheds and garages, in the
During the operation, PCSOs and police officers patrolled on foot,
bicycles and in cars. Patrols were based on crime hotspots and
intelligence. PCSOs gave out crime prevention advice during two road shows
held during the operation. Automatic number plate recognition
equipment was also used to identify vehicles of interest coming into the
village. A number of people were stopped and searched. Three people
are currently on police bail having been arrested as a result of work
completed by officers engaged on the operation.
DI Bosley from local
CID said “crime took a noticeable drop in Cookham for the period of the
operation and I have no doubt that is not a coincidence. I would like to
reiterate personally, the success of this operation”.
2/10 Wednesday 3 p.m. Temple. A cyclist
was going down a lane when he passed 2 men carry large sheets of slate
obviously from a slate fence nearby. He challenged them and they
came up with a spurious excuse. Does anyone know who to whom the
fence belongs (I nearly ended this sentence with a preposition – who the
fence belongs to !!!) ? At the moment we have no victim.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
4/10 Friday 1.10 a.m. / 6.50 a.m. Edinburgh Road,
Furze Platt. Milk stolen from outside a house. The
insulation box for it was also stolen.
3/10 – 4/10 Thursday 7 p.m. / Friday 9 a.m. Marlborough
Road. Shed break. Not known if anything stolen.
As we put our garden tools away at
this time of year, please email your police Neighbourhood Team on the
group email above to ask someone to come out and property mark everything
with a CREMarker.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
3/10 Thursday 5.30 a.m. / 9.30 a.m. Grenfell Road.
Fence posts cut through causing the fence to collapse.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
2/10 Wednesday 7.30 p.m. / 11.45 p.m. Larchfield Road.
Car parked under a streetlight, badly keyed all round.
Please warn everyone about a "14 day trial of ‘Raspberry ******
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on-line for a short period, then the name changes, to something similar.
The con is that they say you only have to pay £4.95 for your trial, BUT
they continue to take around £95 whenever they feel like it - "under
their Terms & Conditions". These of course are nowhere to
be seen, when you agree to the 14 day trial. The small print says
you are agreeing to a subscription, until you cancel it. There are
huge numbers of people who have lost money because the credit card
companies say that the company has done nothing wrong and you are unlikely
to get any of your money back. I've heard of some people losing
hundreds of pounds, before they realise what's going on.