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 on: May 26, 2018, 05:01:33 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Ian64
I understand national planning policy states 1.5 parking spaces for apartments is sufficient and it appears RBWM are following this policy. I'm not saying I agree with it but most local authorities fall into line to avoid costly appeals they would likely loose.

 on: May 26, 2018, 02:51:05 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police

Tsb Port Out Alert

There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts.
The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.
Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters.
To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services.
Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place.
Protect Yourself:
PAC Code notifications
If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.
Clicking on links/files:
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.
Requests to move money:
A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.
Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping
Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number.

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 on: May 26, 2018, 12:48:51 AM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target people with this type of fraud.
Since the start of May there have been 321 phishing reports of TSB phishing made to Action Fraud. This is an increase of 970% on the previous month. In the same reporting period, there have been 51 reports of cybercrime to Action Fraud which mention TSB – an increase of 112% on the previous month.
Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money. Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details.
Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and telephone to defraud individuals.
In several cases, people have lost vast sums of money, with one victim losing £3,890 after initially receiving a text message claiming to be from TSB. Fraudsters used specialist software which changed the sender ID on the message so that it looked like it was from TSB. This added the spoofed text to an existing TSB message thread on the victim’s phone.
The victim clicked on the link within the text message and entered their personal information. Armed with this information, the fraudsters then called the victim back and persuaded them to hand over their banking authentication code from their mobile phone. The fraudsters then moved all of the victim’s savings to a current account and paid a suspicious company.
Protect Yourself:
Don’t assume an email or text is authentic:
Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).
Clicking on links/files
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.
If you have received a suspicious TSB email, please do not respond to it, report it to us and also forward it to
Every Report Matters. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Visit Take Five and Cyber Aware for more information about how to protect yourself online.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 on: May 25, 2018, 11:23:07 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
This may be of interest to Cookham resdents

There are 61 flats proposed st Furze Platt to replace the former laundry.

Residents have continued to raise concerns about the number of flats being proposed at the laundry site on Furze Platt Road and the failure to provide enough car parking spaces. 

46 two-bedroom flats and 15 one bedroom flats - 61 flats in total - are proposed but with only 84 car parking spaces, that is just over 1 space per flat and yet most of them will have at least two adults living there.  This will lead to further problems with parking on the roads around the site.

Sadly it will be difficult to oppose this number of car parking spaces, as the council's planning policies say that this is enough.  I would like to see this change and developers have to provide many more spaces for each new home.

 on: May 24, 2018, 11:49:27 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by wannabe
Fabulous aerial views of the Castle.

 on: May 24, 2018, 11:42:27 AM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by Birdman
It was indeed a fantastic spectacle and everyone involved in organising and manning the event deserves great applause and appreciation. And as well as the traditionally excellent British pomp and circumstance, it was very easy to feel a part of the occasion, even if watching from afar. The ceremony and the music was all perfect for the moment, and then there was that amazing message from Bishop Curry. (He was obviously working to a timepiece from a Higher Order, but I am sure he was forgiven for that!).

 on: May 23, 2018, 12:18:52 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
A born and bred Maidonian who represented the nation as a rower and now leads the next generation of young hopefuls at Maidenhead Rowing Club has been welcomed as the 45th Mayor of the Royal Borough.

Cllr Paul Lion was elected as Mayor for 2018/19 during the annual mayor-making ceremony, which took place at the Town Hall, Maidenhead, on Tuesday 22 May. He will be supported throughout the year by his wife Mrs Laura Lion, the Mayoress.

Paul was born in Grenfell Road, Maidenhead and attended Boyn Hill Infants, Wimbury and Furze Platt Juniors and Gordon Road Secondary School.

He was introduced to rowing by his father John, and aged nine learnt to cox at Maidenhead Rowing Club, where he is now President.

The new Mayor raced up to the age of 30 and his greatest achievements on the water were winning gold for England in the junior single sculls at the Silver Jubilee Regatta and Serpentine Home Counties in 1977, winning gold in the National Championships and representing Great Britain in the junior single sculls at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Belgrade. In 1983 he won gold again for Maidenhead Rowing Club in quadruple sculls at the National Championships.

Paul and Laura have two children – Benjamin, a commercial pilot and Katy who works in international business.

The new Mayor, Cllr Lion, said: “I feel it is a huge honour to be able to represent the Royal Borough as First Citizen, along with my wife Laura.

“We met at Maidenhead Leisure Centre when we were 16 and have worked together in sport and business for over 40 years.

“We are looking forward to being part of the rejuvenation projects in Maidenhead and have a fantastic opportunity to represent Windsor and the surrounding areas.”

The Mayor and Mayoress look forward to supporting Royal Borough residents, businesses and charities including the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year, the Royal British Legion and the Royal National Life Boat Institution.

The Deputy Mayor will be Cllr Colin Rayner, who was first elected to serve the residents of Horton and Wraysbury at a by-election in June 2005. He has been lead member for highways for four years, Mayor in 2012/13 and Deputy Mayor in 2011/12.

His wife Cllr Samantha Rayner will be Deputy Mayoress. She has been a borough councillor for Eton Wick since 2015 and is currently the council’s lead member for culture and communities.

Outgoing Mayor, Cllr John Lenton raised over £13,000 for his chosen charities, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, Berkshire Community Foundation and Thames Hospice (they received £4,355 each). He and his wife Margaret Lenton, the Mayoress attended hundreds of events on behalf of the council.

 on: May 22, 2018, 12:06:19 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Windsor is returning to normal after welcoming the eyes of the world and more than 110,000 visitors to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Saturday (19 May).

An estimated global television audience of nearly 2 billion people watched as the royal wedding procession led out from Windsor Castle and through the town centre and Long Walk to cheers and applause from residents, businesses and well-wishers.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “From everyone here at the Royal Borough we would like to wish TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex our heartfelt congratulations on their marriage.

“We are honoured they chose Windsor for their wedding and seeing the pictures and footage of our town packed to the rafters with well-wishers enjoying the sunshine has proved what we knew all along – Windsor knows how to throw a royal party like no other.

“Thank you to all of the staff and partners who worked on the ground and behind the scenes to make this such a momentous occasion and to the 110,000 visitors who joined us in Windsor to celebrate the royal wedding.

“To everyone who enjoyed the day or felt inspired by what they saw on the television we have a summer packed with events and fun to keep the whole family entertained in Windsor and the wider borough, there’s really never been a better time to plan a visit to Windsor.

“The last few weeks have given us a chance to show our town off to the world and we’re all grateful to residents and businesses for their patience during this busy time.”

The royal wedding in numbers:

More than 110,000 visitors.
4km of bunting including 1km designed by local schoolchildren and groups.
140 Royal Borough Ambassadors volunteered to help ensure visitors had a safe and enjoyable day.
The Duchess of Sussex’s veil (16ft) could have stretched 1/3 of the way along Queen Charlotte Street in Windsor, famous for being the shortest street in Britain at 51ft 10in.
2,000 crowd barriers used along the procession route.
68 catering units on the Long Walk and in Alexandra Gardens.
13 large screens for visitors to watch the ceremony and procession.
746 extra toilets.
13 tonnes of waste collected by a team of 80 waste collectors from Veolia and Urbaser.
20,160 bottles of Buxton water handed out to visitors and staff.
45,000 passenger journeys on South Western Railway services and 22,000 on GWR.
100,000 pints of Windsor and Eton Brewery’s Harry and Meghan’s Windsor Knot sold nationally (more info at:
1,000 tonnes of material used to resurface town centre roads, covering the equivalent area of two football pitches.

For more information about planning a visit to Windsor see

 on: May 21, 2018, 07:41:41 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
The aggrieved has received a message from a friend’s Facebook account via Messenger on the 14/03/2018.  It asked if she could transfer money to the aggrieved, as she was setting up a new bank account.  She would need the aggrieved to transfer the money back into her new account later
The aggrieved was a bit wary, as she is self-employed and she has to account for any money going in or out of her bank account
She eventually agreed to accept the money and supplied her sort code and account number. She was then told to download an App called ‘Team Viewer’, which she did.
The scammer didn't tell her to do anything, on Team Viewer. The scammer then said she was going to put £8,500 into the account.  The aggrieved, then started to get suspicious and started asking more questions.
She then told the scammer, who she thought at the time was a friend, to call her, so they could speak, but the scammer refused and came up with all sorts of excuses.
The aggrieved, has since stopped all contact with the scammer as she realised, this was not in fact her friend.
The victim contacted the police and they have advised her to contact Action Fraud.
She has since contacted her bank who said the money wasn't in the victim’s bank account. The bank also said that someone with a different ip address from the victim, has accessed her online banking.
The aggrieved received a Facebook message from a scammer, purporting to be one of their friends. The scammer asked the aggrieved, to receive money on their behalf and then forward it, to their bank account.  They provided the aggrieved, with a mobile number to ‘WhatsApp’, to confirm they were willing to do this. The aggrieved complied with the suspects instructions, and sent the money.  It transpired the transfer into the aggrieved’s account was not genuine and the bank removed that credit after the aggrieved had transferred real funds to the scammer.
The fraud took place overnight, while the aggrieved was asleep and could do nothing to stop it. Scammers hacked his Facebook account and contacted multiple contacts. They received a message, purportedly from the aggrieved -  "Hiya. Just a quick one ! Do you use online banking and can give me a hand ?"  Several people were then asked for their sort codes and account numbers if they lived in the UK.
The scammers would pretend to move money over to a victim’s account, showing a fake screenshot, of the confirmation.  The victim would then transfer the money requested to them. One victim lost £3000; plus a £4,000 loan taken out in their name.   Another was asked if the scammer could send them money from another source into their account and they would get a transfer code to send the money back out. The victims were also asked for several photos of themselves, their passports of driving licenses
My Facebook account was hacked, to gain access to my friends list. Each was then approached and asked for their bank account details.  The scammer would maintained that the aggrieved had a problem with their bank accounts. The scammer was apparently quite believable, using a lot of my vocabulary and speech modes.  They managed to trick 4 people into giving them money and several others into giving them online banking details.  One lost £3,000 another lost all her money plus a £4,000 loan.
Using a proxy bank accounts for these types of transactions, is a common scam to avoid detection for money laundering.  Often the recipient is promised they can keep a percentage of the money paid through the account.  Unfortunately, that rarely happens and the police catch up with the scam and the poor unfortunate victim – goes to gaol.
By accessing a single persons Facebook account for example, gives them access often to many hundreds of other people / friends, they can convince to help them, pretending to be the Facebook holder.
18/5  Friday 8.45 p.m.  Cordwallis Road.  Glass panel on a Vauxhall Zafira panoramic roof, damaged.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 1 p.m. / Sunday 8.25 a.m.  Ashley Park.  Car badly keyed.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 9 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Cordwallis Road.  Car stolen from outside a house.  A blue Honda Civic.  The car was recovered after a decamp on Castle Hill.
20/5  Sunday 3.15 a.m.  St. Mark’s Road.  Van parked outside a house.  A black car pulled up 3 men got out, forced the rear doors, climbed into the back of the van, stole tools and drove off.
18/5 – 20/5  Friday noon / Sunday 10 a.m.  Penyston Road.  Van break.   Side door forced and tools stolen.
20/5 – 21/5 Sunday 7 p.m. / Monday 1.35 a.m.  St. Marks Road.  Ford Transit stolen.  It was set alight in Kiln Hill below.
20/5  Sunday 10.40 p.m.  Kiln Hill.  Car set on fire.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 5 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Beech Close.  VAN ENTERED BY UNKNONW MEANS – tools stolen.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 9 p.m. / Sunday 5.50 a.m.  Alwyn Road.  VAN ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – tools stolen.
18/5  Friday 11.30 a.m. / 4.30 p.m.  Windsor Road.  Burglary.  The owner returned to find their front door forced.  Untidy search of the whole house.  Many valuable portable items untouched.  Not known if anything taken.
18/5Friday 11 p.m.  Powis Close.  The owner was at home and heard a noise so went to investigate.  She saw a hand attempting to push through the letterbox. The owners dog was in the hallway attempting to bite the hand !.  The owner then looked out and saw a man walking away from the house rather unsteady on their feet.
20/5  Sunday Croxley Rise.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed and car searched.
20/5  Sunday 8.30 p.m.  St. Patricks Close.  Car windscreen damaged – criminal damage.
19/5 – 20/5  Saturday 6 p.m. / Sunday 7.30 a.m.  Sherbourne Drive.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – handbag, purse and cash stolen.
20/5  Sunday midnight /9 a.m.  Stratford Gardens.  Bike stolen from the roof of a car.  A black, Carrera Crossfire, mountain bike.

 on: May 20, 2018, 05:19:38 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
Here is a sample of nature, though a bumble bee may be easier to take.

There is sound.

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