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Crime: 22 November 2013  

A really good end to the week – NO BURGLARY DWELLINGS.
We held a rural conference last night for all our members of CountryWatch.  It was opened by the PCC, who set out what he does each day.  It was chaired by Cllr David Hilton and was an exceptional evening, attended by about 100 people – mainly farmers and landowners.  I was chatting to one, about hare coursing and the 4X4s, who drive through fences into fields and then over the newly planted crops causing damage.  I assumed the crops would be flattened and then simply grow again.  That is not how it works.  The deep grooves cut into the field by the 4X4 disrupt the drainage and cause all sorts of problems.  The entire crop has to be abandoned.  It may well have been pre-sold to Sainsburys / Tescos – so the farmer is then responsible for sourcing a replacement crop.  This inevitably means higher costs...........which of course get passed onto us in the long term.  Farmers are working on their farms – day and night at this time of year – we the residents, are out and about all the time, often at very strange times of day.  We need to be very observant, though this crime may sound trivial, it really is not and we can assist by reporting suspicious cars and people driving around rural areas.  We have to do it for our own streets and roads.  As I say – NHW is not about me, my security, my neighbours, but is everywhere we go.  We are privileged to know much more than the average member of the public.  We know what to look for and what to do about it.  WE JUST - HAVE TO DO IT !
Still time to be ‘Santa for the day’ and take part in the fourth Broom Farm Toy Run
Bikers are being encouraged to don a Santa suit and do their bit for the fourth annual Broom Farm Toy Run which takes place on Sunday 24 November, starting from Legoland Windsor at 12noon.
There is been a great response to this year’s annual toy run and numbers are expected to be greater than last year – but if you want to come along and bring a smile to a child’s face and get the opportunity to dress up for a good cause, then read on!
The toy run will be led by the Mayor, Cllr Andrew Jenner, whose car will lead the hundreds of bikers on the route from Legoland Windsor, through Windsor town centre, ending at Broom Farm, Windsor. The bikers deliver toys to the children at Broom Farm and there are fundraising activities on the day.
Now in its fourth year, organiser Stuart Hookway, RBWM Community Warden, is hoping this year's event will be bigger and better and he is keen for local businesses to donate toys for the children. All proceeds will go to The Royal British Legion Riders charity.
Cllr Jenner said he was very happy to support the day and lead the bikers. He added: "I have seen coverage of previous toy runs and it makes a great sight. With more than 150 bikers expected to rev up for charity I am thrilled to be leading this year's toy run. As a keen biker and previous member of the Harley Davidson Riders Club I am particularly keen to lead the way.
"I would encourage businesses to dig deep and help this worthy cause that brings a lot of happiness to the children at Broom Farm, especially to those who have a parent in active service.
"I would like to thank Legoland Windsor for once again providing their facilities for the start of the Toy Run."
Bikers interested in joining the Toy Run and businesses wishing to make a donation should call Stuart Hookway on 01628 685636 or email
Find out more at the Broom Farm Toy Run Facebook page Click Here
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Your RBWM Community Warden Ashley Burton has sent her October News Update to me – it is attached.
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19/11 – 20/11  Tuesday 5 p.m. / Wednesday 7 a.m.  College, Burchetts Green Road, Burchetts Green.  Property accessed by forcing off the padlock and chain.  They then went to a workshop and forced open 3 securely locked metal containers from which they stole tools.  2 JCB diggers were also broken into and ignitions tampered with.  Pruning saw, hedge trimmers X 7, leaf blowers X 3, pole saw, power brush attachment, Strimmers X 4, Chain oil, climbing ropes X 3, Prussic loops X 2, climbing harnesses X 3, strop, Friction saver, Karibiner X 2, drill and impact driver, cordless drills X 3, hand tools bolt croppers X 2, extension leads etc. etc. etc. etc.
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20/11  Wednesday  6.30 p.m. / 9 p.m.  Braywick Road.  Car driver’s door lock forced – Sportsbag and contents stolen from the back
Fake TV
Dear Jeff,
Rob is right. The cheaper models need manual on/off control. I bought a battery operated Zennox for £9.50,and will now go back to Redline for a mains version which does turn itself on.  You may want to point this out when you roll out the idea.
It would make an ideal Christmas present !!!

What a good idea George – a perfect Christmas present !
Hi Jeff,

I wanted to make you aware of a recent cold call, where the people were very pushy.  The key is for people to put the phone down, again and again - they do keep calling back, but eventually, they get the message and remove you from the list / database.
This was a solar panel company – I didn't take the name down, but it has "Green" in the title.  They are offering "free" solar panels.  In the first phone call they start by asking you what type of house you have, and roof type - and hey presto - you are suitable for their product.
Then whether you like it or not, someone else calls you back, to try and arrange an hour’s free survey on the installation of the solar panels - and to advise you of the cost and benefits.
I found their attitude very pushy - they offered to come around the following day !  I said I wouldn't be letting them into my home and if I wanted solar panels, I'd search for companies myself.
Please alert the elderly and vulnerable to just put the phone down.

Sound advice.  It is not rude to end an unwanted call this way.  You have never met the person, they don’t know you from Adam, and will think nothing of it.  The computer will dial the next ten numbers and the first one to pick up, will get the same spiel.

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