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 on: February 26, 2021, 05:26:37 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police




Just to let you know – as I have taken no annual leave for the last year, I have a balance to take !  I will therefore be on leave from 1st – 31st March.  Others are trained to send messages, but they may not be as frequent.

FIRST:  Emails are circulating offering Covid 19 tests, which range in prices.  Please ignore these emails.  Testing is free and carried out by RBWM and I have received this message from Honor Ryan at Trading Standards:

Hi Jeff,

Re – offers of testing.  Please let everyone know that there is the community testing which is free and provided by RBWM

From Monday 8 February to Wednesday 31 March 2021 (extended to June 2021) the Borough is offering lateral flow tests to public facing workers across the Royal Borough, twice a week, who cannot work from home.
All information is in the link below – who can and cannot be tested, why be tested, before you visit, how to book a test slot, where to go (Maidenhead or Windsor), what will happen i.e. how the procedure will work…

Take care

NEXT:  We have been receiving reports of young people throwing eggs to passing cars.  This is of course extremely dangerous and we can all imagine the possible results.  In a case in Slough last year, a man was blinded, when the eggs hit his eyes !

If you are a victim of this, or you see this taking place, please ensure you report it to us with as much information re time, location and description of any offenders as soon as possible.


I have attached reference numbers to each crime report. If you live in the vicinity of any of the crimes mentioned and have CCTV or a video doorbell, can you please check the footage. If you have any that might be of interest to the police, can you please make contact with us, quoting reference number given.

I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -







 on: February 26, 2021, 05:05:48 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The council has agreed the budget for the year 2021/22 by a narrow margin after a strong exchange of opinions on ‘devastating’ cuts versus ‘hard decisions’.

In a meeting of the full council, attending members voted 21 to 19 in favour of the budget, which includes proposed library closures, cuts to arts grants and community wardens, and a switch to fortnightly bin collections for general waste.

The overall council tax bill is also being raised by 5 per cent – a 2 per cent base council tax rise, plus 3 per cent for adult social care.

The poorest in the Royal Borough face a reduction in their council tax discount – despite protests from councillors about the legitimacy of the decision.

At a full meeting of the council on Tuesday, members discussed the Royal Borough’s consultation on the 2020/21 Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS), which was found to be unlawful.

CTRS offers a discount in council tax to residents in low-income households who struggle to pay. The Royal Borough proposed to reduce the discount from 91.5 per cent to 80 per cent.

This year’s budget also sets out £16m of investment into Maidenhead regeneration, £1.6m into maintaining our roads and £2.4m into the Castle Hill project in Windsor.

The budget will also continue to support our most vulnerable residents, with £50m committed to adults, health and commissioning (a £2m increase) and £24m to support our children’s services (a £1.2m increase).

To learn more, read our press release.

 on: February 26, 2021, 03:33:40 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
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 on: February 26, 2021, 02:59:09 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The A404 has reopened in Buckinghamshire following a traffic accident in the early hours of Friday morning.

The road was shut southbound from High Wycombe (Handy Cross Roundabout) towards Marlow. until around 8am following a crash in the early hours.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "The A404 southbound is currently closed from the Handy Cross roundabout towards Marlow. The closure will remain in place until further notice. Please seek an alternative route."

Inrix, the traffic data company said: "A404 Southbound re-opened, recovery work completed and accident cleared from M40 J4 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout, Handy Cross) to A4155 Little Marlow Road (Marlow Junction, Marlow).

"Recovery and clean up work is finished and the road is now reopen following a closure for a serious accident just after 01:30. No delays remain.

"Traffic trapped was turned round by police at around 02:30.

 on: February 26, 2021, 02:54:32 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Britons aged between 40 and 49 will be prioritised in the next stage of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, scientific advisers have said.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has considered whether groups such as teachers and police officers should be vaccinated next, but concluded that the most effective way to prevent death and hospital admission is to carry on prioritising people by age.

It said modelling studies for phase two of the vaccination programme also indicate that the speed of vaccine deployment is the most important factor in helping prevent severe illness and death.

This means that in phase two, priority will be given in the following order:

All those aged 40-49
All those aged 30-39
All those aged 18-29

These groups will be vaccinated once all those in phase one, the over-50s and most vulnerable, have received a jab.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Covid-19 chair for JCVI, said: “Vaccinations stop people from dying and the current strategy is to prioritise those who are more likely to have severe outcomes and die from Covid-19.

“The evidence is clear that the risk of hospitalisation and death increases with age.

“The vaccination programme is a huge success and continuing the age-based rollout will provide the greatest benefit in the shortest time, including to those in occupations at a higher risk of exposure.”

Boris Johnson meets members of the public at a South East London vaccination centre earlier this month (Photo: Jeremy Selwyn-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The JCVI said vaccination targeting occupational groups, such as teachers, would be more complex to deliver and may slow down the vaccine programme, leaving some vulnerable people at higher risk for longer.

It also said that, operationally, simple and easy-to-deliver programmes are “critical for rapid deployment and high vaccine uptake”.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisations at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Delivering a vaccination programme on this scale is incredibly complex and the JCVI’s advice will help us continue protecting individuals from the risk of hospitalisation at pace.

“The age-based approach will ensure more people are protected more quickly.

“It is crucial that those at higher risk – including men and BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic communities) communities – are encouraged to take the vaccine, and that local health systems are fully engaged and reaching out to under-served communities to ensure they can access the vaccine.”

On Thursday, Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh criticised the Government over the move, saying: “It’s absolutely disgusting – they don’t give a damn about us.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel should hang their heads in shame.”

The news comes as positive attitudes towards the coronavirus vaccine have increased, with 94% of adults saying they have either received the jab or would be likely to take it if offered, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Over 18 million Brits have so far received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

 on: February 26, 2021, 01:37:52 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The A404 in Buckinghamshire is closed southbound between the M40 (J4) and the A4155 (near Marlow) due to a serious collision.

The A404 is closed across the border in Buckinghamshire following a traffic accident on Friday morning.

The road is shut southbound from High Wycombe (Handy Cross Roundabout) towards Marlow.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "The A404 southbound is currently closed from the Handy Cross roundabout towards Marlow. The closure will remain in place until further notice. Please seek an alternative route."

Inrix, the traffic data company said: "A404 Southbound closed due to accident investigation work from M40 J4 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout, Handy Cross) to A4155 Little Marlow Road (Marlow Junction, Marlow).

"The road is likely to remain shut well into the morning following a serious accident involving a car and a bicycle just after 01:30, affecting traffic heading from the M40 towards the M4.

 on: February 26, 2021, 11:11:15 AM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Rehab4Addiction - Providing help and support for teens and young adults, aiming to assist them with mental health and substance misuse issues. Rehab 4 Addiction is a free helpline set up by people who are themselves recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.

 on: February 26, 2021, 01:16:13 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Crafters wanted. Craft Coop in Maidenhead  are looking for new makers  ,if you are a maker and interested contact craft Coop

 on: February 26, 2021, 01:14:58 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Please be aware of a scam text offering a ‘COVID-19 grant’ due to the current lockdown. If you’re unsure whether a text is genuine look at the sender number, don’t click on any links or reply. Report any suspicious messages to the National Anti Fraud Network at

 on: February 25, 2021, 07:01:23 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
This is a message from the Product Director of the Neighbourhood Alert system, Mike Douglas.  I hope you are well and staying optimistic in these tough times?
National survey results

Our annual survey last year received over 100,000 responses and I know that you were one of the members that took the time to provide your feedback so thank you. The results have been incredibly informative and useful.  We have provided reports for each police force and used them to influence the development of the new version of Neighbourhood Alert coming in 2021.  We also use the findings to help the Information Providers to improve the way they communicate with you.
I am sorry it has taken so long to get these to you but I have added a link/attachment below to the national results and you will find further overview maps and a link to a local version from this page: 
Please help us to help you

Next month we will be hosting a virtual Development Conference for our police clients.  Representatives from around 30 UK Police Forces will be attending and we aim to highlight what a difference sending local, timely, accurate messages can make to members’ lives.
We have over 10,000 active police users that send Alerts each month and as this number is growing, naturally some need support to understand what makes a good message and just how important local messages can be.
This is your opportunity to have your voice heard and support my staff and staff within police forces who have the role of training new and existing officers on the system.  Your first-hand experience, delivered in your own words during training will be an enormous help when encouraging trainees to communicate the things that matter to you.
If you would like to help, please consider recording a short video of yourself, explaining in your own words either how a previous message helped you and/or what you feel makes a good Alert message and how they can help you.
We need your feedback video to be about either of the following:
1) How has a previous Alert actually helped you or a contact you shared it with?  What was good about the message, what happened and how did it prevent someone from becoming a victim or prompt action to prevent a potential accident or crime?
2) As a registered member, what sort of information should “Alerts” include and be about?  Who do you share them with and what impact does a great message have on you and your contacts?
If you are willing to record and send us a short clip, simply recorded on a mobile phone, this will be used in training materials.
Perhaps ask a member of your family to video you explaining either of the two scenarios.
If you would like to participate, please consider the following points:
Make sure we have your head and shoulders in view.
Film it in LANDSCAPE view, rather than PORTRAIT.
Introduce yourself (first name is fine) and the area (nearest town) that you live in. 
Don’t worry about image quality but try and ensure that the sound is clear (keep background noise to a minimum, have the mic/phone quite close)
Please aim to make the video around 30 seconds long but do keep it to less than a minute
Email your video to, ensuring the subject of your email is “TRAINING VIDEO”.
The maximum size most people can email an attachment to us is 20 MB. The size is not only dependent on the duration of the video but also the quality of your camera (the higher the spec, the bigger the file).
Your phone may use the “mail drop” or other service for larger files, this is fine.

The deadline for receipt of videos is 8th March please. If you need any technical assistance, in getting the video to us, please do not hesitate to contact my superb support team on 0115 9245517 (option 1), or
Please note, your video will not be used for marketing purposes or shared on social media.  We will notify you if we use your video clip and provide a link to review the finished compilation.
Thank you for your attention with this message and for your ongoing support and use of Neighbourhood Alert via   
Very Best Regards
Mike Douglas

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