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 1 
 on: January 21, 2019, 08:38:50 PM 
Started by Birdman - Last post by Ian64
My water bill has halved since I've had a meter and never had any issues.

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 on: January 21, 2019, 08:09:00 PM 
Started by Roger - Last post by Roger
Have people seen this post on Cookham’s Facebook on nitrous oxides canisters found on Alfred Major?

https://m.facebook.com/116477699826/posts/10156816551429827/?comment_id=10156816563394827&src=email_notif

 3 
 on: January 21, 2019, 06:51:23 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
FIRST:  AN ATTEMPTED COURIER FRAUD
 
18/1  Friday 3.15 p.m.  Eton Wick.  The aggrieved received a phone call from someone who said they were the police, to inform her that they had two lads in custody, who had been using her credit card.  The aggrieved was really switched on and responded that if this was the case she would phone some friends who worked for the police.  The caller immediately hung up !
 
The aggrieved is a member of a local community group and  had recently attended a fraud prevention presentation - possibly one of mine - so knew what to do !!!  If you get a suspicious call - please do not engage - simply put the phone down.
 
 
NEXT: ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE !
 
18/1  Friday - The Victim received a Facebook ‘friend request’ from a woman he did not know.  He accepted the request and responded, asking the woman who she was and how she knew him ?  A conversation then began and quickly, moved to another level.  She appeared to be a young woman, in her mid-twenties.  She asked for intimate photos and videos ………. Which he supplied.  Very shortly afterwards, he received a message with a copy of the video footage, along with a demand for £7,000.  He replied that he didn’t have that much money and they agreed to take £1,000 per month, or they would post the footage online in his Facebook feed and send it to everyone in his friends list.
 
The scammers appear to be based in the USA.
 
PLEASE BE CAREFUL ONLINE AND DO NOT EXPOSE YOURSELF TO RISK.
 
 
NEXT:  I have received notification from Natalie King who works for the RBWM Youth Offending Team:
 
Hi
 
Free workshops that are being run by RBWM.  These are aimed at anyone who comes into any contact with parents or schools, who could benefit.
 
Many thanks,
 
Natalie
 
PC 6764 Natalie King
Youth Offending Team
Maidenhead Project Centre, Reform Road, Maidenhead SL6 8BY
 
 
Courses in 2019:
 
Thursday February 7th                    Online Safety
Monday 18th march                          Child Sexual Exploitation
Thursday 23rd May                           Gangs
Thursday 20th June                         Substance Misuse
Thursday 11th July                           Online safety
 
Sessions are FREE to attend and spaces must be booked in advance by emailing:
 
youth.services@achievingforchildren.org.uk
 
Or phoning:  01628 683964
 
As part of our regular patrols, we will be working in close partnership with RBWM to check local parks.  21st January 10 a.m. Grenfell Park.  12 noon Kidwells Park.  2 p.m.  Oaken Grove Park.  28th January 10 a.m. Wessex Way.  12 noon Punt Hill and 2 p.m.  Braywick Park
 
 
CRIME
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
20/1  Sunday 11 a.m. / 2 p.m.  St. Luke’s Road.  Burglary.  Entry via side gate and forced rear patio door areas searched.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.
19/1  Saturday 7.30 p.m.  Alexandra Road.  A group of youths smashed a wing mirror on the car passenger door.  Captured on CCTV.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
18/1 - 19/1  Friday 7 p.m. / Saturday 7 a.m.  Broadmoor Road, White Waltham.  Set of temporary traffic lights damaged and batteries stolen.
19/1 - 20/1  Saturday 11.30 p.m. / Sunday 8 a.m.  Club Car Park, Odney Lane, Cookham.  Car rear windscreen smashed camera equipment & MACBOOK LAPTOP stolen
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
18/1 - 20/1  Friday 3 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Fifield Road.  Shed break.  Lock forced.  Tools and garden equipment stolen.
19/1 - 20/1  Saturday 8 p.m. / Sunday 9 a.m.  Wessex Way.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - tools and sat nav stolen
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
19/1 - 20/1  Saturday 8.15 p.m. / Sunday 0.30 a.m.  Brayfield Road X 2.  1.  Car front passenger window smashed - rucksack and charger stolen.  2.  Car front passenger window smashed - house keys and logbook stolen
 

 4 
 on: January 20, 2019, 07:06:51 PM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
Of late I have had quite a lot of questions on flying a drone. So here is a clip that may answer a lot of your questions. So turn up your sound.

https://youtu.be/3XnuqomqIf0

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 on: January 20, 2019, 07:00:43 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
Now I have question for the older members of Cookham Dean. Is there anyone who remembers a traction engine driver with the name of Jim Bedwell who worked for Jack Gardener at Mount Farm. Also I do remember going to the top school with his grand daughter June Bedwell. This all came about while I was recalling thoughts on farm machinery.

 6 
 on: January 18, 2019, 06:49:41 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
FIRST: A reminder about cold callers and why no-one should buy goods and services at the door.
 
A man cold called a local resident at 11 a.m..  He said to the woman that opened the door, that he had arrived to complete some work, organised by her husband on the driveway.  She then tried to contact her husband for confirmation, but was unable to get through.  She told the man to hold off, until she could obtain confirmation.
 
At 3 p.m., she saw two men working on her driveway, filling in potholes and asked them to stop.  They said they would finish what they were doing as it was free, in preparation for the tarmacking.  Later she saw they had done more work, but had left.
 
When her husband returned, she discussed this with him and he knew nothing about it and had never discussed the driveway with anyone or requested anyone to do any work.
 
In their initial discussions, I believe the workman said the work would cost £1,500.  They returned the next day asking for £5,800 to complete the work.
 
The man is described as olive skinned, brown hair, 30 - 33 years old, about 5’10, medium build wearing chinos and shirt & jumper, wearing a Hi Viz jacket.
 
Fortunately, these two residents were strong and secure enough, to say no - go away and don’t come back, we are giving you nothing as we did not ask to have the work done !  Others may not have felt so confident, feeling vulnerable and paid what they asked.
 
PLEASE, NEVER LET ANYONE START WORK, UNLESS YOU HAVE REQUESTED THEM TO DO IT, HAVE AN ESTIMATE AND A WRITTEN CONTRACT.  PLEASE REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO:
 
WE DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR.
 
If you equivocate / say you will think about it / - they will take this as a YES !
 
 
CRIME
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
12/1 - 16/1  Friday 5 p.m. / Wednesday 9 a.m.  Green Close.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - searched and loose change stolen.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
16/1 - 17/1  Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 7 a.m.  Hotel Car Park, Ray Mead Road.  Car rear windscreen smashed - rucksack containing laptop stolen.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
16/1  Wednesday noon / 1.30 p.m.  St Mary’s Centre, Cookham Road.  Two tyres slashed, front and back passenger side.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
17/1  Thursday 4 a.m..  Wootton Way.  CAR LEFT UNLOCKED SEARCHED.  The owner’s CCTV shows a man approaching the car and open the passenger door.  A few moments later a second man comes up and opens the driver’s side door and climbs in.  After a few minutes, they both get out and move off.  Loose change stolen.  They are described as:  1.  White, about 30 - 40 years old, wearing a red coat, blue jeans and white trainers.  2.  White, about 30 - 40 years old, 5’8’’, grey top with pullover and grey trousers.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
17/1  Wednesday 4 p.m. / Thursday 7.20 a.m.  Harvest Hill Road.  Building site entered and tools stolen from storage containers.
 

 7 
 on: January 18, 2019, 12:12:31 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
100 trees have been planted to create a new woodland area in Braywick Park.

The sapling trees have been planted behind the new Braywick Leisure Centre, which is currently under construction, and will offset the carbon emissions generated by the build.

The new trees will also aid the creation of a new woodland wildlife habitat and all the trees planted are native British species including Silver Birch, Grey Willow, Whitebeam, Hazel and Hawthorn.

The trees were planted at a ceremony attended by local volunteers plus Cllr Samantha Rayner, Andy Wates director of Wates Construction and Alec Jackman, business unit director at Wates Construction.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, lead member for culture and communities at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead said: “Ensuring our developments are as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our top priorities.

“The planting of these trees will offset the carbon emissions created by the construction of the new Braywick Leisure Centre while also creating a new green space for residents and wildlife to enjoy.”

Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction, said: “This tree planting initiative is yet another way in which we can utilise our presence in the Royal Borough for the benefit of its people and places.

“This new area of woodland will continue to flourish long after construction has completed, resulting in a new habitat for local wildlife and offsetting the carbon emissions created while on site.”

As well as the sapling trees, the building work on the new Braywick Leisure Centre has taken a step forward with the foundation floor for the pool now in place.

Cllr Rayner continued: “The Braywick Leisure Centre build is now well underway and it’s wonderful to see the build progress.

“With the foundation floor of the pool now in place you can really see the scale of the new centre which will provide residents with leisure centre facilities fit for the 21st century.”

The Braywick build, which began last October will see a brand new leisure facility to replace the 40-year-old Magnet Leisure Centre. The new centre will boast a 10-lane swimming pool, larger training and splash pools, a larger sports hall, a 200-station gym and four squash courts. The scheme, which will improve disability access and double the numbers for car parking, will also use 70% less energy than the existing Magnet Leisure Centre.

Works at the Braywick Leisure Centre are being carried out by Wates on behalf of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead via Major Works - UK, part of Scape’s National Construction framework. The framework has been designed to deliver significant levels of local economic engagement, ongoing apprenticeship schemes, as well as extensive community initiatives.

 8 
 on: January 17, 2019, 10:24:19 AM 
Started by Birdman - Last post by Watchman
I had one installed (volunteered) some three years ago and Have had nothing but problems with it since then.
It was supposed to be read from the road via a smart receiver (5 feet away) - but for whatever reason,
the smart receiver never picked up the signals from the meter itself.
So …. they blamed the meter, and changed it !

But I continued to get the knock on the door asking "please may I read the meter … and oh, by the way, where is it?"
This became a comical farce until it got out of hand when they started sending me "calculated" bills !

Naturally, I complained …. so guess what?
They blamed the meter again … and changed it again!

Now at last (I think) I have reached a peaceful end to the fiasco … well, I haven't heard from them for 5 months!

So be warned all ye folk having meters installed … it's not all it's cracked up to be …
And oh yes … I'm paying less now than I did before the installations!!
Go figure!  

PS - SE Electricity farm out (outsource) the meter reading service to an outside company ... so it's almost a case
of them getting advice/the readings third hand ...

 9 
 on: January 16, 2019, 04:08:22 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
FIRST: Video Doorbells.
 
I have been promoting these for some time and I do get a lot of feedback, from people who have purchased and installed them.  
 
I received this message from Carey, this morning:
 
Hi
 
We live in Ascot and unfortunately, we have a report for your weekly roundup.
 
Items were removed from the car and left on our drive. It doesn’t appear anything was taken. A pair of Le Chameau wellington boots, were also left on the pavement. These do not belong to us, so perhaps they were taken from someone else’s car ?
 
https://ring.com/share/6646589597120980487
Carey

Carey tells me:
 
‘The doorbell camera records each time it senses movement. You'll see we also have a motion detection security light, but that didn't deter him !
 
We're happy for you to share the footage
 
Carey
 
Several options here:
 
The first option - to deter Opportunist Thieves is a Burglar Alarm !
The second - is CCTV - but generally the Opportunists are CCTV savvy - hence the hoodys
Then - a Video Doorbell
And - swap one of your front facing security lights, for a ‘Guard Cam’.  The Guard Cam, also has a secret camera inside, not visible from the street.  It also has a heat & motion sensor, and records every time the beam is broken.  It’s benefit, is the fact that at night, if the beam is broken, the floodlight comes on when photographing whoever is on the drive - in full colour, High Definition.  Images.  The more expensive versions -  can also - like the Video Doorbell - send the video footage to your mobile phone !
 
Our Chief Constable - Francis Habgood is retiring shortly and his successor has been chosen:
 
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has chosen John Campbell, as his proposed appointment, for Chief Constable.
Anthony Stansfeld said: “After a detailed selection process I am delighted to announce that John Campbell is my preferred candidate to be appointed as the next Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.  I look to forward to working closely with him in the future.”
Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “I feel privileged, to be chosen as the preferred candidate for the next Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.
“I am very proud to have been a Chief Officer with Thames Valley Police for over eight years, and look to take over from an outstanding Chief Constable in Francis. I hope to build on his successes, in my tenure as Chief.
“It will be an honour, to lead all those who work and volunteer for us so that we can continue to deliver a police force that protects the communities of the Thames Valley and gives the public the standard of service that they deserve.”
The appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing, by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel, who will review the PCC’s proposed appointment on Friday 1 February.

John Campbell QPM
 
John joined TVP in July 2010, as an Assistant Chief Constable (Operations), moving to ACC Crime in 2013 and Deputy Chief Constable, in May 2015.
He began his police career with West Midlands Police in 1998, before transferring to Hampshire Constabulary, in 2001.  He has performed a number of roles within the police, including Uniform, CID and specialist postings as a Force Hostage Negotiator.
As a Chief Superintendent, he served as the police Commander in Portsmouth for three years, before becoming Commander of Operations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
He also holds the National police Chief’s Council lead for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Policing.
John is very well known to us locally and often visits this area.
He has also been involved personally with and supports, an initiative I organise - ‘The Food Academy’.
We obtained funding from ‘The Army Covenant’ to organise 4, ‘Food Academies’, to work with both army and local families.
We receive nominations from local schools, agencies, partners and local councillors for 12 students, who may lack personal confidence and who would benefit, from some team building.  They attend the Home Economics Suite, kindly offered to us, by The Windsor Girls School, for a 7 week, intensive and challenging, cooking course.  We have a wonderful team of volunteers who work with the students, sometimes on a one to one basis, over the 7 weeks, building the students’ self-confidence and self-esteem.  In the middle of each session, one of our partner agencies, makes a presentation, on online safety, sexting, drugs awareness and relationships - whatever we feel the group needs.
The course culminates, with a 3 course Banquet, cooked by the students, for 70 invited family members and local dignitaries, including the Mayor, local Councillors, the High Sheriff, the Chief Constable, several Deputy and Assistant Chief Constables and heads of all the agencies, involved with young people in RBWM.
These are very prestigious events !  The first, was held in the Mess in the Combermere Barracks, with all the Household Cavalry crystal, crested dinner service, silverware, candlesticks and their silver table decorations !!!  It was amazing.  We were entertained by the Windsor Boys School Orchestra and The Windsor Girls School Choir.  The Second, was held in the Victoria Barracks, Sergeants Mess and the Coldstream Guards did us proud.  At that event, we were entertained by the Heidi Rhodes School of Dance.  The last Banquet, was held at the Windsor Race Course, who were very generous and made all their facilities and chefs, available to us.  We were entertained by Svetlana with dancers trained by Russian Ballet Schools and singers to ‘a Russian Christmas’ !
Our final course, funded by the Army Covenant, starts at the end of January and John will again be invited to the Banquet.
The team that manages this initiative, is going out to various organisations, to seek funding, for further courses.  
It is brilliant and the feedback we receive from both students and their parents, is very moving.
 
NEXT:  Excellent arrests made over the weekend:
 
https://news.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/boys-arrested-in-connection-with-burglary-drugs-and-motoring-offences-windsor-352025
 
This was the press release.  I have spoken to the team that did it - it was in fact a huge piece of work involving multiple teams of officers with helicopter support, police chases and a lot more.  It was a brilliant job, with excellent results !
 
CRIME
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
15/1  Tuesday 7.15 p.m.  Club Car Park, York Road.  A man was disturbed and made off immediately - breaking into a car.  Nothing stolen.  He is described as white, 20s, thinning to bald hair, riding a bike.
12/1 - 16/1  Saturday 5 p.m. / Wednesday 9 a.m.  Green Close.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS.  Loose change stolen.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
15/1  Tuesday 9.45 p.m.  Burchetts Green Road, Burchetts Green.  Underground cables in an inspection box damaged.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
14/1 - 15/1  Monday 11 p.m. / Tuesday  4.30 a.m.  Altwood Close.  Van break - VAN LEFT UNLOCKED - tools stolen.
15/1 - 16/1  Tuesday 7 p.m. / Wednesday 7 a.m.  Boyn Valley Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - LAPTOP STOLEN.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
15/1  Tuesday 9.45 p.m.  Hotel car Park, Shoppenhangers Road.  A witness disturbed an offender breaking into 2 cars - rear windows smashed.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.
15/1  Tuesday 4.30 p.m. / 8 p.m.  Oldfield Road.  Bike stolen
 

 10 
 on: January 16, 2019, 02:07:44 PM 
Started by Birdman - Last post by Birdman
I imagine I am not the only one having one of these installed currently.
I was told it was so the water company can measure future usage to ensure adequate supplies and minimum wastage of water etc.

So far, the fountain of water gushing from the broken pipe they have created an hour ago outside my house will have filled its own mini-reservoir! I wonder who ends up paying for that!

More to the point where is it going and what will happen to underground material that is being washed away.

Anyway, when Whyteladyes, Broomhill and Gorse Road have the water turned off very shortly (!) that's the reason why I'm afraid.

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