29 October 2014
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information to locate three
paintings which were stolen from a house in Datchet.
The three antique paintings, were taken from the house, at some point
between March and June this year.
That was when the owner’s, noticed that the stolen paintings had been
replaced with other paintings, which had been hung in their place.
If anyone has been offered these paintings for sale, or has seen them
since March, please contact PC Jason Twine from Windsor police station via
the Thames Valley Police 101 number.
If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the
independent charity Crimestoppers
(opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal
details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not
go to court.
I have attached the photos for your attention.
Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
15/9 / 27/10 Hines Meadow Car Park. Fence
panels stolen from unsafe area of the car park in St. Clouds Way.
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN &
Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
27/10 Monday 5.45 p.m. / 7.20 p.m. The Street, Waltham
St. Lawrence. Possible Attempted Burglary. The owner
went out. On their return, the lock on the bottom of the rear door
had been opened. An offender may possibly have reached this through
the cat flap. A toilet window had also been opened. A boot
rack had also been moved. No entry gained and nothing stolen.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
I understand from Andy, the Senior Community Warden at the Borough, that
you are willing to mention the
Shifford Community Day, in your Alert message. A write up
about the event is below. Thank you in advance for your support.
A Community Day is going to be held
on Friday 31st October 2014 at 12 noon-3pm on the Green in
Shifford Crescent, Maidenhead.
Residents of the area will have the opportunity to receive FREE
ADVICE and information from agencies such as:- the RBWM Community
Safety team, Early Help Teams, Thames Valley Police and the Fire Service.
Younger residents, will also have the
opportunity to participate in a number of fun activities including; face
painting, apple bobbing and a bouncy castle.
The idea of the event is to help
promote positive community engagement by bringing essential services into
the community so that residents have the opportunity to speak to us face
to face about life in the area and help us gain a better understanding of
what support we can give in order to improve the quality of life of our
If you are in the area please pop by, as it
is sure to be a fun and informative afternoon.
Anti-social Behaviour Officer
29/10 Wednesday 3.50 a.m. / 7 a.m. Cordwallis Road.
Burglary. Entry via a forced UVPC front door – tool marks found
near the lock. Tidy search – Handbag and contents including purse,
credit / bank cards and a Slazenger cricket bag stolen.
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
Neighbourhood Page on TVP's Website - Click Here
26/10 – 27/10 Sunday 10.30 p.m. / Monday 6 a.m. Fane
Way. Burglary – possibly through front door – LEFT
INSECURE. The owner came down in the morning and
noticed her and her sisters handbags were missing. 2 laptops had
also been taken. Later the owner was approached by a dog walker who
pointed out 2 discarded handbags nearby, using keys from one of the
handbags, a car on the driveway had been searched. Two laptops and
contents including bank / credit cards, cash and keys, jewellery,
hairdressing equipment, mobile phones X 2, Tiffany sunglasses a SAT
NAV and loose change left in the car, stolen. Some
items of clothing removed from the house, recovered nearby.
26/10 – 27/10 Sunday 5.30 p.m. / Monday 8.50 a.m. Badger
Close. Car driver’s door lock damaged – no entry gained
and nothing stolen.
26/10 – 27/10 Sunday 4.30 p.m. / Monday 11 a.m. Clare
Road. Car entered and searched on a driveway – documentation
stolen from the glove box.
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
26/10 – 27/10 Sunday 10.50 p.m. / Monday 4.50 a.m. Larchfield
Road. Car LEFT INSECURE
– searched – handbag and contents stolen from under the passenger
seat. It had been discarded in a park nearby. Items from the Fane
Way burglary, were also recovered from there !
26/10 – 27/10 Sunday 5 p.m. / Monday 2 p.m. Car entered via
forced rear passenger side door. Desborough Crescent.
Loose change and SAT NAV were stolen which had been left on view.
FROM THE FIRE SERVICE:
Once again, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue
Service (RBFRS) would like to ask for your assistance, in helping us to
spread our safety messages.
As you may be aware, the Fire Brigades Union
(FBU) has announced that further strike action will take place:
For 96 hours consecutively from 6pm
on Friday 31 October until 6pm on Tuesday 4 November
Over the weekend, your members are more
likely to be at home, perhaps entertaining or visiting friends, enjoying
Bonfire Night or other celebrations with candles and fireworks.
On the Monday or Tuesday morning, you may be
busy preparing breakfast for the family, travelling to work and/or
preparing for the school run after the half term break
Whatever you are doing during this
extended period we would like to remind you to Take Extra Care.
Although RBFRS has
contingency plans in place, during any period of industrial action we will
have significantly fewer resources. We will therefore be prioritising
‘life critical’ incidents, such as house fires and road traffic
collisions where people are trapped.
will still be responding to 999 calls but we are asking members of the
public to take extra care to reduce the risk of fire and road traffic
We would be grateful if you could distribute
the attached documents among your colleagues, clients and other community
contacts and mention that advice can be found on our website www.rbfrs.co.uk.
The Prevention Team
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue
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The fire Service sent me 3 documents containing advice, which I have
I WILL ONLY INCLUDE ONE SCAM TODAY –
BECAUSE IT IS LONG
BUT, IT DOES SHOW HOW PROLONGED,
DETAILED, PREMEDITATED AND COMPLICATED, THESE SCAMS ARE – THEY ‘GROOM’
I thought it worthwhile, to alert you to a new scam.
My mother was almost duped today - despite my having trained her
well to be suspicious of everything and everyone. The scam
starts with an email from TalkTalk that looks to be a usual monthly bill
with a link to click to login and view.
My mother received this yesterday and opened the attachment to view the
bill. She was asked for her account number, as well as the password,
which she usually doesn't have to enter.
The bill displayed, was for a slightly wrong amount, but also had a
warning strapline that "You may be experiencing slower than usual
internet due to a widespread worm virus affecting TalkTalk customers.
Update your antivirus".
Today, she received a call from a lady purporting to be from ‘TalkTalk’,
saying that her computer was infected with a ‘worm virus’. Would
she please allow them to access / proxy her computer to clear it for her.
My mother, then became suspicious and asked them to prove who they were.
They then read out my mother's account number, telephone number, address
and amount of the last bill. At that point, my mother concluded that
they were, who they said they were.
They then got her to download the remote access software and tried to
backup up my her data (which failed). They then started running some
kind of fake virus scan. They brought up details of a piece of
software that "the license had expired" and told my mother to
log in to her bank, to pay £90 to renew the licence, as this would ensure
her computer was protected.
They pulled up a web page that had links to all the main high street
banks, to help her log in to her account.
My mother doesn't do internet banking, so they directed her to go to the
post office and make a transfer to an
account in India.
My mother initially refused, so they said
they could send a courier to collect the payment by cash or by card
transaction, at that point my mother said she would go to
the post office to make the transfer.
They told her to leave her computer on, while she was at the post office,
so they could "clear the virus away". Thankfully at that
point, she hung up and called me from her mobile, whilst heading to the
post office. I told her to unplug the computer immediately, and not
go to the post office.
My mother is 72, fairly strong willed and took some talking to, before she
accepted this was a scam - the "TalkTalk" lady was so nice and
convincing, my mother was more concerned that she may have sent me an
infected email and this, was why she called me !
It took some work to convince her she was in the process of being
She then called TalkTalk (checking for a dial tone first), who confirmed
they were not behind the email bill, or the call to fix a virus.
An hour later "TalkTalk" called back to ask if the money
had been sent. They became abusive when my mother told them she knew
they were scammers and that she had reported them to the police.
We have spoken to Talk Talk, who have confirmed:-
a) They never put warnings of viruses on monthly bills and
b) They never call customers or take control of their computer remotely.
We have reported this to 101 and to ActionFraud.
Unfortunately, my mother thinks they transferred a lot of her personal
files from her computer, so she has had to change her bank account
numbers, and cancel all her cards, as she doesn't know what they have
copied. We also suspect they have put an encryption virus on her
files - but until I can get over there on Friday, her computer is firmly SWITCHED
This is probably, the most well prepared scam I've come across - the fact
they set up the scam by sending a bill with a scam internet address to
capture the target's account number, whereupon they have logged in to my
mother's account to view all the personal information she challenged them
to, before she would trust that they actually were ‘Talk Talk’ - when
of course they were not.
Sorry it's a long description, but I think it’s worth letting people
know that this is the level the scammers are going to, in order to present
themselves as ISPs, Telephone Providers, Banks etc.
My mother is not naive and is now very cross, she allowed herself to be
duped - despite receiving regular warnings from me about how many scams
are currently on the go.
Please feel free to include aspects, or all of this in your weekly