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 on: March 29, 2017, 06:30:37 PM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
It seems that the local gullsare getting use to me and my camera, this time it i  the Sony A35 SLT unit with a 1.8 to 55 lens.

 on: March 29, 2017, 05:17:11 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
For information:
Met Police Officers were called to attend stand 317 at Heathrow Airport, regarding a Virgin flight being struck by red laser on approach to LHR.  The captain and 1st Officer say the incident happened to the right side of the aircraft.  They stated that they were at around 4,500ft over Wokingham area on course to land, when they witnessed a red laser beam, moving around to the right side of the aircraft.
The laser did not dazzle the pilot, as it did not make contact with the aircraft.
There could be an offence under Section 224(1) - Light Liable to Endanger.
The location of this offence is Maidenhead and should be shown to TVP.
We take these reports extremely seriously – particularly at this time.  If you know of anyone with one of these strong lasers – please let them now that if they shine them up at aircraft approaching Heathrow, they could expect a knock at the door !
A message from TVP Technical department about the issues being fed back about the new Alert APP.
Some of you may be aware that there have been login issues with the new Thames Valley Alert App, which was launched on Monday (27/3).
The Android app has now been updated with labels to show that the registered email address is the login username, and the login buttons can be seen more clearly when the app loads. Also, the keyboard will not obscure the input boxes.
The iPhone update is expected to be available within the next 24-48 hours.
Please pass on this advice to alerts users who may have experienced issues with the initial version of the app. The login issues were not due to technical problems but the new updates are expected to resolve them.
Thank you for your patience.
27/3  Tuesday  7.40 p.m. / 9.20 p.m.  High Street.  Bike locked in a bike rack stolen.  Cable lock cut through.  A blue, Boardman, racing bike – WITH FRAME NUMBER.
27/3 – 28/3  Tuesday 4 p.m. / Wednesday 11.40 a.m.  Ray Mill Road East.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – WALLET PHONE & SAT NAV STOLEN
25/3 - 27/3  Harvest Hill Road.  Burglary.  Thieves climbed over a fence into the garden from Walker Road.  They then walked into the rear of the property through a rear door WHICH HAD INADVERTANTLY BEEN LEFT UNLOCKED.  The thief searched the whole house.  When leaving he tried to use the front door, but it was double locked.  Cash and alcohol stolen.
25/3 – 27/3  Saturday 7 p.m. / Tuesday 9.30 a.m.  Gainsborough Drive.  Burglary.  THIEVES ENTERED THE HOUSE BY UNKNOWN MEANS – Sony Playstation stolen.
27/2  Tuesday  Bissley Drive.  Car badly keyed.  Repeat victim, 3rd time.
27/3  Tuesday 1 a.m. / 8.45 a.m.  Hotel car park, Manor Lane.  Car window smashed and car searched – nothing stolen.
Just a few thoughts you may wish to pass on; -
I keep as part of my contacts’ list, all the e-mail addresses for various genuine companies, such as Paypal, Apple that have e-mail address to send scam e-mails to purporting to be from those respective companies. For example Apple has two, and, so I name them SpamApple or SpamiCloud, so when I receive a spam e-mail from any company I just type spamCOMPANYNAME to pick the relevant one to forward it to.
Additionally as I use Outlook I can copy the e-mail header information and put that at the beginning of the e-mail so they can analyse it for source IP addresses etc. I don’t think this is so easily done with a tablet or mobile.

Another destination I send scam e-mails to is SCAMReporting (, As you can see that is SCAMReporting in my contact list. You may well have issued this mail address bit I was just making sure.
The main way I keep on top of these, (I haven’t been caught yet….), is especially simple when I don’t even have a PayPal or specific bank account, it is so obvious it is a scam e-mail.
Many Thanks,

NEXT: some good advice after an experience from S:
This true story happened some years back, when my neighbour knocked on my door, asking to borrow my ladders and my son, as she had locked herself out, but had left an upstairs window open, hence the ladder and my son, hoping he could climb up and in.
My son said - 'have you still got a cat flap' - the answer was yes.
He disappeared around the side of her house & within minutes, opened her front door.
I was horrified and asked, ‘can you do that with my cat flap’ ?  The answer was yes, I have done several times.
That afternoon, I had a flat Chubb chain fitted an from that day, have never left the key in the lock and as it so happens, neither has my neighbour.

That’s no me giving you generic police advice – you heard it from one of your own !
NEXT:  Nottingham Knockers in the area. From A
Dear J
I refer to your bulletin today about attempted break-ins on Courthouse, St Mark's and Portlock Roads on 24th.  These may possibly be linked to the break in, in Havelock Road.
On Tues 21st March, I reported to 101 that a Nottingham Knocker was calling at houses in Havelock Road.  Usual chat, "comes from Middlesbrough, just released from prison……….."
He did not display a Pedlars Certificate and although I have a police notice on my front door ‘I don't buy at the door’.  I had to reinforce this.  He muttered something, then moved on, to other neighbours with a rucksack, which looked very lightly loaded.
On Friday 24th, at approx 09.40 a.m., I heard noises outside in my back garden and initially thought it was one of my neighbours,  I went to unlock my kitchen door and saw a shadow, race past through the frosted glass.  I rushed to the front door and saw what looked to be a young lad, race off my driveway on a bike.
I have ensured that my high side gate has a padlock securely locked at all times now. Fortunately, the back entrance to my garage was locked. 

Thanks A. FIRST – If the mention having been to prison, making they way back into life whatever – you immediately know they do not have a Pedlars Certificate.  These can only be issued to ‘those of good character’ and having been to prison immediately means they can never get one !  SECONDLY - there is no actual connection, between the young lads who call door to door and subsequent burglaries, other that the information they gather about vulnerable potential victims who may have cash in the house.  They do not carry out any potential burglaries.  Those are carried out by other offenders who buy the lists of potential targets.  That is why it is essential that no-one buy from them, but make them move on.  If you don’t interact with them, you won’t get on the potential target list !
FINALLY:  Another, but this time old traditional style, scam !  This was in Bray.
On Tuesday, a large white van draw up on our drive and a young man knocked at the door.  He said his company had been doing an exhibition in Maidenhead, which had finished and he had plants, garden furniture and equipment over, available to sell cheaply.  He invited us, to look in his van.
We said no thank-you.
He did gave us a professional looking leaflet with an address and e mail.
We checked the e mail, but it was not genuine !
Maybe other people have experienced this ?  The young man seemed very convincing and the business cards look very professional. We are guessing this is a scam and if so people should be aware of this.

This is the type of scam we used to get.  They might have ex-exhibition carpets, paintings, TVs, clothes even- and very often – leather jackets.  The paperwork is easy to print out and business cards can be purchased online or even printed out at home now !

 on: March 29, 2017, 01:11:49 PM 
Started by Quinneys - Last post by Quinneys
Hi all

Lost a pair of sunglasses that were in my pockect whilst walking to the Bounty from Cookham, along the towpath, last Saturday.

They are prescription Oaklelys in a black case.

If you do come across them, please let me know!



 on: March 29, 2017, 12:00:52 PM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Lacrimosa
I happen to have Mark Sheppard's card, having chatted to him outside a neighbouring house a few months ago. He does both plastering and decorating apparently.

His numbers are 01628 523752, 07880 882160.

 on: March 29, 2017, 09:20:38 AM 
Started by Mac - Last post by JTAP
Mark shepherd is a good local plasterer .... I dont have his number but he is in the Little Grreen book if you google that you should find it.

 on: March 28, 2017, 07:57:46 PM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Mac

I'm looking for a reputable plasterer to tidy up a wall and part of a ceiling.

Grateful for any recommendations or suggestions.

Many thanks!

 on: March 27, 2017, 10:35:19 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
24/3  Friday 11.30 a.m. / noon.  Somerville Road, Eton.  COURIER FRAUD – first one in some time.  Very little detail at the moment other than the aggrieved was phoned and a courier sent to collect her credit cards, which have then been used to remove cash from her account.  Please warn everyone you know, neither the police, not the banks will ever send a courier to collect .
24/3  Friday 6.10 a.m. / 11.20 a.m.  Courthouse Road.  Attempted shed break.  CCTV shows an offender fence hopping from neighbours’ gardens and trying to force open the shed.  Nothing taken.
23/3 - 24/3  Friday noon / Saturday  10 a.m.  Portlock Road.  Attempted garage break.  Offenders have damaged the garage handle in an attempt to break in.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
24/3 – 25/3  Friday 6 p.m. / Saturday 9.45 a.m.  St Mark’s Road.  Car badly keyed – repeat victim.
24/3  Friday 4.15 p.m.  Providence Place, St. Cloud Way.  Chained up bike outside supermarket stolen.  A black hybrid Carrera bike.
25/3 – 26/3  Saturday 9.30 p.m. / Saturday 0.40 a.m.  King Street.  Bike locked to railings stolen.  A turquoise, racing bike.
24/3  Friday 1.30 p.m.  Hotel Car Park, Bridge Road.  Van driver making a delivery.  When he returned to the van, he found the door open and his phone stolen.
26/3  Sunday  2 p.m.  Bisham Woods, Bisham Roundabout, Bisham.  Car passenger window smashed – HANDBAG STOLEN.
21/3 – 25/3  Tuesday 9.30 a.m. / Saturday 8 p.m.  St. Margaret’s Road.  Windscreen wiper bent back, wing mirror stolen and car badly keyed.
26/3  Sunday  5.40 a.m. / 7 a.m.  Lowbrook Close.  Burglary.  The owner was awoken by a noise and his dog barking and phoned the police, who attended immediately.  The owner was sure the house was locked but police found the rear door unlocked.  The thief is believed to have reached up through a dog flap to open the door.  The kitchen was searched, food and cigarettes stolen.  CCTV shows the thief was in the property for about 30 minutes.  He then left using a chair from the garden to leave over a garden wall.
25/3 – 27/3  Saturday 7 p.m. / Monday 9.30 a.m.  Gainsborough Drive.  Burglary.  No clear point of entry and nothing known at this time.
27/3  Monday 1 a.m. / 8.45 a.m.  Hotel Car Park, Manor Lane X 2.  1.  Car window smashed – car searched, nothing stolen.  2.  Car window smashed (stone left at scene)  iPod and running gear stolen.
First from J Some excellent advice:
Interesting to see on your last email the lines used by the phone scammers.
When I get any such calls, I use some of the following lines :
Mr XXXXX is dead I’m the builder
Yes Mr XXXXX speaking but I’m bankrupt
To Microsoft Tech Support scammers – I spoke to your colleague yesterday and he fixed it.
My computer is an Apple Mac !
When they knock on my door it’s either:
 I’m the tenant I don’t deal with that or
I’m moving next week !

Well done J, it is always useful to have a few pre-prepared answers in your head because you never know when they are going to call and you are then caught off guard !
From K
This evening I received an email from "Apple Support Billing" about activity that seems unusual - and - to read the secure message by opening the attachment.
The sender was ‘Payment Store’.  When I ran my curser over the ‘Link’, it came up as "payment store".   This is the same sender address that has shown in previous weeks, over 2 purported "unusual purchases", on Amazon.
Thank you for all the many warnings and guidance over checking and being so careful.   I certainly have NOT opened any attachments ! a thought
A lot of companies give you the FIRST four numbers of a credit/debit card, to try and persuade you that they know the card, so you feel safe they are genuine.
People should be aware that the FIRST four numbers of cards are the same across the board, over a large section of cards (some sort of bank coding I think) and can be widely known in any event.  It's the LAST four numbers they need, so giving them this, they can easily get the rest.
Whenever I have had a new debit card, the card number is exactly the same on every new card, except for the last four numbers.  Maybe you can make people aware of this, as being told the first four numbers can lull them into a false sense of security.

You heard it here !
NEXT – from B

 on: March 26, 2017, 05:57:31 PM 
Started by monty - Last post by Paris
Thanks for the update, sorry for the delay in that, I've not been online for a while.  It's good to know things will be moving along as soon as possible.

 on: March 26, 2017, 09:03:26 AM 
Started by Housejar - Last post by Housejar
Hi fellow Cookhamites... just wanted to do another big shout out for the newly refurbed post office in Cookham. Having just moved back to my home village, I was obviously sad to see that Saneeta and her husband have retired but wow...what lovely people have taken over!

Jay and his wife Sheetra along with Jay's brother Jag have totally transformed this valuable shop in our village. Not only do they stock every household essential you could need, the post office side is also now open with fantastically longer hours too including weekends.

As a fellow small business, this adds so much convenience to me, being able to send out orders even on a Sunday morning!

Please let others know so we can support and keep such a viable community asset.
New opening Times:
Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm
Sunday 8am-2pm

 on: March 25, 2017, 04:59:53 PM 
Started by Housejar - Last post by Housejar
I just wanted to give a big shout out to Ross Poole Hairdressing today, our new beautiful salon in the village.  Im slightly ashamed to say that despite living in the village since I was 7, I rarely frequented Cookham Arcade but I really love that Ross and his team are trying so hard to bring more awareness and vibrancy to The Arcade.  Their standard of hairdressing and beauty treatments are incredibly good.  Its just a bit of a hidden gem at the moment but I really think they deserve the extra high five to bring more awareness. 

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