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 on: May 23, 2019, 01:34:48 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
I have received a leaflet from Trading Standards re Nottingham Knockers - the young unemployed people going door to door selling household products.

I have also had this in from Rob Abell from Trading Standards and RBWM Community Warden Clive Dent

Dear All,
For your information regarding a disturbing new development on the classic Nottingham Knocker fraud/scam, they are now using hand held card machines.

Dear Trading Standards,
I've have been advised by my bank to contact you to advise you of an incident that I experienced yesterday, resulting in me being charged £400, for a few cleaning items on my door step.
I live in Windsor and around 11.15am yesterday, a young man probably mid 20's knocked on my front door and showed me some ID and said her was selling cleaning products, as he was ex-military and he had been given this opportunity for 2 weeks.
I said I would purchase a couple of items, as it was for a good cause.

Anyway, the items came to £25 and he said "you don't need cash, as I have a card machine".  I proceeded to pay by card.

He held the machine up quite high and said that he needed to that, so the signal didn't drop out.  He then passed me the machine to put my PIN number in and the transaction went through.

I asked for a receipt and he printed something and said its blank. He then said I've made a mistake and I only put the transaction through for £20, so I said I'll give you the additional £5 in cash. I only had a £10 note, so I gave it to him and said as it’s a good cause, just put the difference into the charity.
As I shut the front door, I started to feel very uneasy about the whole matter and called my bank. They confirmed he had in fact put through a payment of £400 and I asked if they could stop the transaction, which they couldn't, but they did say that they would be able to recover the £400 for me.
The detail they could give me about the transaction:
Company name - Morgan Wholesales, Nottinghamshire. Having looked them up via Google there's load of stuff about them!
The bank  advised me to contact yourselves and the police.
The message to say to these people is “No thank you, we do not buy goods or services at the door”
Clive Dent
Communities, Enforcement & Partnerships

Please be on your guard !

 on: May 22, 2019, 10:35:46 PM 
Started by Roger - Last post by Roger
Looks like Dorothy Perkins and Burtons are closing in Reading along with several other shops around the country.

 on: May 22, 2019, 06:33:03 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Now that summer is on the way and the promised warmer weather, people can become complacent about home security. The most common cases of opportunist summer burglary involve offenders that:
Enter an insecure front door, while residents are in the back garden
Enter doors that are closed but unlocked at night, while residents are asleep
Reach through windows, to take valuable items

Crime Prevention Advice
Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked, when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.
Windows can only be left open, if you are in the room.
If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors / limiters so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough, to allow access to an opportunist thief.
When out in your garden, ensure that windows and doors to the front and side of the house, are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things, without you noticing.
If you walk in and find someone in your home, you will be confused.  This will give them an opportunity to come up with an excuse - ‘I am looking for John, does he live here‘ ?  You will stammer a ‘no’ !  Giving them the opportunity, to leave quickly.
Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows, or in reach of open windows or doors.
Ensure that all barbecue, garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential opportunist offender, to break in to your home.
Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible burglar alarm to deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
If you have a burglar alarm, remember to set it every time you go out and when you go up to bed.  All new alarms are zoned with easy fob access and are pet sensitive.
Don’t leave any keys near entry points, where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
If you have a wall key box, with keys hanging inside labelled ‘front door’, back door’, ‘Mr. Smith at No 57’, ‘Mrs Jones at No 35’ it must be removed and all keys hidden, where it would take an opportunist thief more than 5 minutes, to find.
Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key, but keys are never left in locks, particularly if visible through windows.
Register your valuables at and encourage friends and family to receive this type of message by registering at
Sheds – Easy pickings ?
Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.
Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.
It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
Ensure all tools and equipment are locked away when not in use.
High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
A shed alarm can also be installed.
Post-coding or indelibly marking all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultra-violet pens, or with Dremmel type engravers.
Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.

Going on holiday?
Make your home look occupied.
If you’re out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you.
Ask a neighbour if they don’t mind parking their car on your driveway and trimming your garden to make your home look occupied.
Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind.
Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.
Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc.

Register for the Royal Mail ‘Keepsafe’ service.

 on: May 22, 2019, 04:16:41 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
16/5 - 20/5  Thursday / Monday midnight.  Walker Court, Gordon Road.  Attempted burglary.  The aggrieved found damage to their front door.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.

19/5 Sunday 10.40 p.m.  Money Row Green, Holyport.  Two young boys threw a stone at a house, smashing a window.  They ran off towards the Green.
20/5  Monday 5.30 p.m. / 6.40 p.m.  Frogmill Spinney, Hurley.  Car window smashed and handbag stolen.  It was later discarded nearby.
20/5 - 21/5  Monday 5.30 p.m. / Tuesday 2.30 p.m.  Malders Lane..  Garage break.  Entry via forced side window.  Garage searched and offenders disturbed by a dog barking.  Not known if anything stolen.
18/5 - 20/5  Saturday 1 p.m. / Monday 8 a.m.  Clifton Close.  Shed break.  Lock forced.  A DeWalt Compressor, Ryobi electric screwdriver, Makita radio, yellow transformer and two grinder blades.
20/5  Monday 11.30 p.m.  Boyn Hill Road.  A witness heard a van alarm sound and phoned the police.  They saw two men removing tools from the van.  They then got into a car and drove off.
20/5 - 21/5  Monday 9 p.m. / Tuesday 7 a.m.  Suffolk Road X 3.  1.  Van breaks.  Front quaterlight smashed.  DeWalt Chop saw, DeWalt drill, drill and case and Sat Nav stolen.  2.  Side door forced.  DeWalt drill pack, Hilt breaker and petrol saw stolen.  3.  SIDE DOOR OPENED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - radio stolen.
21/5  Monday 12.20 p.m.  Bloomfield Road.  Van break.  ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS and tools stolen.
19/5 - 20/5  Sunday 6 p.m. / Monday 7.05 a.m.  Rolls Lane, Holyport.  Rear car window smashed and a mobile phone and tools stolen
I wanted to share the following with you.
I received an email from my bank this morning, regarding a direct debit being set up in my name, using my account details from a company. I had never heard of them before, until now. I immediately called my bank and cancelled my direct debit.
I called the company’s head office and was notified that an annual membership had been setup in my name, with my address, by someone based at the leisure Pool. I haven’t been there, since my daughter was 3 years old (now 13).
I can only assume that someone has stolen post from my post box, to get my personal information.
Morale of the story check your bank account on a regular basis for unusual activity no matter the monetary value maybe and be vigilant and report it to your bank immediately.
My son-in-law contacted us today in a bit of a state, because so called bailiffs or debt collection agents, told him there was an outstanding debt that unless he transferred £2500, the bailiffs would call.  He was concerned on two counts, first that a debt on his business would be bad and he was worried someone might turn up and intimidate his wife, our daughter.
I quickly realised it was a scam and the intimidating calls and texts eventually died away.
For information the call claimed to be from High Court Enforcement Agency.
The so called debt, was to Crime Prevention Network that seems a bit ironic, in the circumstances.
Anything like this is almost guaranteed to be a scam !  BIN THEM

 on: May 21, 2019, 07:28:33 AM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by CLIPPER
Well in response to this permission

1). An Agricultural tie should be placed on it (even though in years to come it will get removed - but lets hope the planning system has changed since then).

2). It should not be allowed to increase in size and height..

3). As to these inspectors - I understand they are paid ALOT of money and TRAVEL from all over the country to give their 'blessing' to these unacceptable buildings.

4). These so called 'farmers' are exploiting the planning laws - and literally seeing Cookham as a 'ripe' development opportunity. Its sad that the Cookham Discussion Board History got deleted, as it had so many threads where situations like this have already happened - i.e Kennel lane that WAS A LANE / Foot path to run the Hunt Hounds from.. now a ROAD.

 on: May 20, 2019, 01:12:59 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
From WildCookham

WildCookham's Honorary Treasurer since our inception, Stephanie Papillon, is planning to hang up her abacus.  She's done a great job of looking after our accounts for several years but wants to move on and help us in other ways - with our immense gratitude.

Which means that we are now looking for someone to take on this role.  Our accounts are pretty simple and you don't need to be an accountant to do it.  Essentially it's a question of keeping track of our modest expenses and any income we generate, at present mainly  from donations, plus paying out cheques when needed and arranging bank transfers.

We currently use a fairly basic spreadsheet which is easy to operate (though we're always open to more sophisticated approaches if you wish).

WildCookham is engaging in more activities which makes it all the more important that we have somebody to look after the money, but we don't foresee things getting that complicated in the foreseeable future.

If you would like to have a chat about this please contact Mike Copland at

 on: May 20, 2019, 12:14:55 AM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
Once again I bring a little more on the Karma Drone stability with a strong GPS and what to avoid in poor launch sites.

So turn up your sound.

Also I am adding this one as follow up clip:

 on: May 19, 2019, 06:47:00 PM 
Started by Medtner - Last post by Roger
There is Gumtree and eBay. There may be local second hand lawnmower companies around.

 on: May 19, 2019, 05:10:15 PM 
Started by Medtner - Last post by Medtner
Thank you, yes I have but no luck.

 on: May 18, 2019, 03:45:43 PM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by Cookie
I hold no brief for the "farmer" involved, but it seems unfair to blame RBWM for these developments, as they rejected them, only to have their decisions overturned by a Planning Inspectors.
From  my (admittedly limited) experience of Planning Inspectors they might be more appropriately be titled "Planning Disrespectors". They are dropped in from some remote location, with no local background, and seem pre-disposed to grant permission if at all possible.
I agree that RBWM should look carefully at application to build barns, storage units etc. Our local "farmer" has demonstrated a comprehensive grasp of the planning loopholes that will allow such structures to be converted later.

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