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 on: Today at 07:24:12 AM 
Started by Snippet - Last post by CLIPPER
Woodlands Farm had never done fencing like that before... so why now ? Roll Eyes

 on: March 18, 2018, 10:56:27 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Bagheera
I have received such calls in the last week - they had got hold of my name from somewhere - not the phone book.

Be warned.

 on: March 17, 2018, 12:16:36 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Plans to build a new state-of-the-art leisure centre in Maidenhead have been given the green light.

Braywick Leisure Centre will bring an outstanding facility to the town and has taken a step forward as the Secretary of State confirmed the local authority is the correct decision making body for this application.

The planning application sets out the facilities and design for the brand new development which will be coming to Braywick Park.

It will feature a 10 lane swimming pool, 200 station gym and improved access for disabled users.

It will open in December 2019, replacing the 40-year-old Magnet which is nearing the end of its serviceable life.

The new facility will use 70 percent less energy than the Magnet and the outstanding design will blend in with the surrounding parkland.

A shuttle bus service from the town centre will help people access the site which will also have expanded car parking facilities and a space to host cultural events.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “This leisure centre will provide a fantastic new venue for residents and visitors to enjoy.

”The development will create new opportunities for sports and a brand new space for performances for the whole community.

“This cutting-edge leisure centre will help residents of all ages and abilities lead healthier and happier lives as we build a borough for everyone.”

A new image showing designs for the children’s splash area is being released to give people a glimpse of what the new leisure centre will look like.

Cllr David Coppinger, cabinet member for planning and health (inc. sustainability), said: “I’m pleased the Secretary of State has decided to let this application progress forward.

“The submitted draft Borough Local Plan sets out how we would manage development in the borough and ensure facilities and infrastructure are built in the right place ahead of the housing developments we need.

“The Braywick Leisure Centre will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for years to come. I’m looking forward to seeing this exciting development’s progress.”

 on: March 17, 2018, 01:46:52 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
We now move to the house next door "Wisteria Cottage." It was held by the various members of the Hatch family for quite a few year up until 1936.

So turn up your sound:

 on: March 17, 2018, 01:42:22 AM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
You may remember in a previous Mobile Mount of the GoPro camera and the white safety cord. Well it recently happened to give way and the cord saved the day. So here is a little reminder for you. So turn up your sound.

 on: March 16, 2018, 06:40:59 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
FIRST - A Phone Fraud case in Ascot - please alert elderly or vulnerable neighours, relatives, friends & work colleagues:
15/3 2.45 p.m.  The police received a call from the manager of a local bank.  They had just had one of their customers in the bank, attempting to transfer £25,000 to another external account.  As this was not typical expenditure, it flagged up and they spoke to the customer.  The customer was elderly, frightened, confused and was not too sure, why the transfer was being made, nor to whom.  They then quickly left, without making the transfer, saying they would return with more details.
The police were called and went to the customer’s home.  When the police arrived, the customer was actually on the phone to the scammer, explaining why the transfer had not taken place.  The police took the phone and the man immediately hung up.  Apparently, he had said he was Robert Watson from the Bank’s Fraud Department.  The police phoned the bank who confirmed he was not known to them and this was definitely a fraud call.  The customer was advised to put the phone down immediately if they phoned again.  As they were leaving, the phone rang again - and as it was on loudspeaker - the police heard the man asking if the police were still there.  The phone was replaced immediately.
The bank have informed us that there have been several similar incidents over the last few weeks.  Full safeguarding advice was given to this aggrieved, but we need to spread this message.  If anyone gets a call, purporting to be from a local bank, they must put the phone down immediately.  If they are worried, they can call their bank using their own paperwork, to get a phone number and ask them if there is an issue.
Since the police attended, the victim has received further calls from the scammer.
If you know of someone who could be a potential victim of a scam call - talk to them about a BT Call Blocker phone.  They are not very expensive and will only accept calls from pre-entered numbers.
If a call comes in from an unknown number, the caller receives a message, to say that all calls to that phone are monitored.  They are asked to leave a message, to say who they are.  The householder can then press yes or no to accept the call.  They also have the option, to add that number to the accepted calls or to press no to ban that call from every getting through again.  The feedback I have received ?  They are brilliant and prevent 100% of unwanted calls.

No crime to report.
No crime to report.
15/3 - 16/3  Thursday 6 p.m. / Friday 8.30 a.m.  Broom Hill, Cookham.  Van break  Van entered by unknown means - loose change stolen.  Items left in a van overnight are not generally covered by insurance - so they need to be protected as it is often impractical to remove them.  If you know someone with a van and tools suggest 2 things:
A shed alarm.  These cost about £7.  They contain a PIR Movement / heat sensor, are battery operated, so need little installation other than being placed in the rear compartment.  They are fobbed on an off - it could not be simpler.
Property mark the tools.  Tools generally do not have serial numbers any longer - that is on the box, so - when we recovered £200,000 worth of tools from a big operation in Reading recently, we had no way of returning them to their rightful owners.  Could all tools be visibly be marked with the owner’s postcode and house number.  A neatly brightly coloured painted postcode, will stop that item being stolen.
No crime to report.
No crime to report.
14/3 - 15/3  Wednesday 7.30 p.m. / Thursday 11.15 a.m.  Ascot road, Holyport.  Tack room and shed broken into and an attempt to force open a garage.  Nothing stolen.

 on: March 16, 2018, 06:38:19 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.
Protect yourself:
There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at
You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

 on: March 16, 2018, 05:56:41 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
“You don’t have to do anything anyone online tells you – whether you know them or not”.
This powerful message from a victim of online child abuse is at the heart of the second phase of our Hidden Harm campaign, which we’re running in partnership with the NSPCC.
Over the next three weeks we will be raising awareness of online child abuse, particularly around online grooming and sexual exploitation.
To mark the launch of this phase of the campaign, we’re sharing the true story of 12-year-old Ellie who built up a friendship via social media with someone claiming to be a 15-year-old boy.
The person she was speaking to was in fact a man in his forties who ended up sexually assaulting her numerous times. Watch Ellie’s story on our website.
Detective Superintendent Nick John, Head of Thames Valley Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, said: “Ellie’s story is a powerful example of how something as simple as accepting a friend request from a person you don’t know online can escalate into something with serious consequences.
“The internet is a huge part of most of our lives, especially for the younger generation and, while it brings a great deal of positive opportunities, unfortunately it can be misused by some people.
“This campaign isn’t about scaring people or telling them not to let their children use the internet. It’s about making everyone aware of the potential risks associated with children being online, ensuring they can spot the signs that may indicate a child is being abused and educating everyone on ways we can all help to keep them safe.
“Keeping children safe from harm is everyone’s responsibility and we are very pleased to be partnering with the NSPCC for this element of the campaign.”
Please follow the campaign via @ThamesVP on Twitter and the Thames Valley Police Facebook account using #HiddenHarm.
More information on the campaign, and the signs of online child abuse, can be found on our website –

 on: March 15, 2018, 02:19:37 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Just to let everyone know, TVP is trialling online crime reporting, for NON EMERGENCY & ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENTS:
When you follow this link you will see there are two online reporting forms -
one for Non-emergency crime or incident online form
Another to report a road traffic incident online.
 The forms are very comprehensive.  Once completed you will get a confirmation response.
NON POLICE ISSUES for RBWM Council include:
Abandoned Vehicles
Noise Nuisance
Fly Tipping
Stray Dogs
Road Kill Animals - unless it is causing an obstruction to the Highway - in which case it is the Police.
Vehicles on the road with no road tax the DVLA.  I don’t know how we are to know if Road Tax has not been paid, as no-one her to display a Tax Disc any longer Huh
11/3 - 14/3  Harrow Lane - wheelie bin stolen.
1/3 - 13/3  Ray Meadow.  Trees and shrubs have been cut down in a tidy manner.  This is a ‘nature reserve’ and has been reported to us as Criminal damage as it was done without permission.
15/3  Thursday midnight / 0.45 a.m.  School, Bath Road, Knowl Hill.  Walk in theft.  Laptop and computer stolen from the reception area.
14/3  Wednesday 3.10 p.m.   Mill Lane, Cookham.  Car passenger window smashed.  Bank cards stolen.
14/3 - 15/3  Wednesday Marlborough Road.  Car front and rear index plates stolen.
14/3  Wednesday 6 .10 a.m.  Shop, Cox Green Lane.  Offenders have approached the rear of the shop possibly from a neighbouring garden, through a wooden fence.  They have then used tools to smash through a rear brick wall, making a large hole.  They then searched the shop and stole a bottle of Jack Daniels and bottle of coke - total value of £15 !  Did anyone hear or see anything - it must have been noisy ?
No Crime to Report

 on: March 15, 2018, 10:37:44 AM 
Started by Snippet - Last post by Birdman
No idea what any of the above has to do with the original question, folks. It has been suggested it is to stem the annual migration of frogs and toads down to their traditional breeding pool. But it does seem an awful lot of trouble and expense to go to just to annoy local wildlife. One or two folk believe the toads in particular are heading to the large pond at Strand Lane, but of course there is a much closer pond at the bottom of Long Lane so perhaps there is something being planned for that pool?. 

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