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 on: October 09, 2018, 09:37:47 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by grumpyoldgit
As we seem to be hearing on a daily basis, more and more "old-fashioned" crimes, such as burglary, breaking and entering, vandalism, theft of and from vehicles, assaults on the person and so on are being "screened out" (i.e. not investigated). Police are rarely seen in public, either on our streets or on our roads, and police stations are either being sold off and turned into apartment buildings, or are closed to the public. It seems that a considerable proportion of police time is now spent on administrative work rather than actual policing.

Does anyone else think that - at a time when we're told that police forces up and down the country are stretched in terms of both budget and manpower - that so-called "hate crimes" should be a major priority? It seems to me we're only one step away from George Orwell's Thought Police, whose sole purpose was to stamp out "thoughtcrime".

1984 has finally arrived, just a little later than advertised....

 on: October 09, 2018, 06:21:10 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Put a note in your diaries for the 2019 Cookham Festival 11-21 May.

 on: October 08, 2018, 08:33:57 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Six hate crimes recorded every day in Thames Valley
Today (8/10) we’re launching the latest phase of our Hidden Harm campaign, this time asking everyone to open their eyes to hate crime.
A hate crime is any crime committed against a person which is perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards their:
Sexual orientation
Transgender identity
Hate crimes can take place anywhere, even online. They can include threats, intimidation, damage to property and physical attacks.
They can have serious long term effects on people – emotionally, physically and financially.
Last year at least six hate crimes were recorded every day in Thames Valley.
No one should be targeted because of who they are, how they look or what they believe in.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of hate crime, or if you have witnessed a hate crime, report it.
You can do this by contacting the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Or you can contact Victims First on 0300 1234 148 for confidential advice and support.
For more information about hate crime or to report online visit

Message Sent By
Holly Turner (Police, Comms Officer, Thames Valley)

 on: October 08, 2018, 06:42:12 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Can I remind everyone - we have Nottingham Knockers across the area.
Please remember our NHW Motto:
First in from Madhuri Bajaj Bedi:
Dear friends,
Please find attached the 4th Annual Wave of Light Service poster. I would be most grateful if you would add this to any social media available as well as forward to your database if possible.
The Wave of Light Service enables people from all walks of life, to come together to light a candle of love and remembrance in honour of all those hearts that live on within us. Be it a miscarriage, the loss of a baby, or child, a sibling, grandchild or godchild, a friend or neighbour....everybody is welcome to attend.
I thank you for your support as always.
Warmest regards
NEXT:  From the DASH Charity - who support the victims and their families, of Domestic Abuse
Could you please promote our next Volunteers Recruitment Evening, which takes place on Monday 22nd October 2018 - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at our offices at 551, Fairlie Road (next to Mars), Slough SL1 4PY
We would really appreciate it.
Many thanks!
Caron Kipping
Community Engagement Manager
Tel: 01753 549865 mobile: 07912 463556
twitter1[1] @TheDashCharity   
7/10  Sunday 6 p.m.  Bridge Road.  Device discovered on an ATM cash machine.  This was called in by the Borough’s CCTV team, who saw a man approach the ATM, remove something from his pocket and attach it to the fascia.  A customer is then seen to walk up, insert his card, which was retained.  The police were called and attended immediately, removing the device for further examination.
6/10 - 7/10  Saturday 5 p.m. / Sunday 3.30 p.m.  Bath Road.  The owner returned to find their car had been entered and searched.  IT MAY HAVE BEEN LEFT UNLOCKED.  £30 cash and a £5 win on a scratch card stolen.
6/10  Saturday 8 a.m. / 4 p.m.  Bath Road.  Locked up bike stolen.  A red, Trek mountain bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER.
6/10  Saturday 7.40 p.m.  Highway Road.  The owner was emptying her car, going in and out of the house.  A bike was noticed parked beside the car and when the owner next went out, they found the car door open and  a man sitting in the car, carrying out a search.  He immediately apologised, jumped out and sped off on his bike.  Nothing was taken.  He is described as white, late 20s / early 30s, slim, 5’ 8’’, shaved head / hair cut very short, wearing dark clothing including a hoody with a jacket over.  He was on a black mountain bike, not showing any lights.  The police were called and attended immediately.  They carried out an area search, but no-one matching the description was located.
7/10  Sunday midnight  The Croft.  A witness reported a group of lads running down the road, knocking the wing mirrors from cars.
5/10 - 6/10  Friday 11 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.  Larchfield Road.  Car badly keyed.  Third or fourth time repeat victim
Just had this email in from Oliver.  The threats have lost something in the translation !!  I will only put in the first few lines, in case your security software blocks it !!
D? not mind ?n my illit?r??y, I ?m from China.
This is my last warning.
I u?l??d?d th? m?li?i?us ?r?gram ?n your syst?m.
Sinc? th?t m?m?nt I ?ilf?r?d ?ll privy ba?kgr?und fr?m y?ur syst?m.
I think we can ignore this one !  Thanks Oliver
NEXT from Julietta:
I wonder if you can point me in the right direction please.
My daughter  is about to be 14 and a number of mums with children aged about 10-14, were talking about the children being more independent and confident.
 We are looking for a class or instructor, we can book for a few sessions to give them some self-defence and common sense for public places and some confidence ( understanding that they won’t be able to do much in reality but hopefully they won’t have to).
We have tried as parents and will continue to teach them, Common Sense, but it would be great, if we could find someone who could back it up for them.
We don’t want to join a martial arts club as an ongoing sport though.
Do you know of anyone who could help me please?
Apologies for taking your time but I thought I would ask.
Thank you
Does anyone know if there is someone out there, who can do this ?  I am Asking our PCSO Surinder Marway, who is trained to deliver talks and courses of this nature - she came to the Datchet NHW Group to do a course, if she can help.
NEXT: re the threatening Porn emails:
I myself received one of those threatening emails today at work, where we are supposed to have very safe security measures!!!
I have ignored it and forwarded it to our IT department, so they're aware, but the thing that worried me most about it is that the heading was my full name and actual password I used to use (I don't use that password any more, haven't for years) so they had my password exactly as I used to use it.
The thing is, they had my full name, but I haven't used my married name for over three years now, I reverted back to my maiden name and the email was in my older name, so that old name and old password shows that it's an old hack!
Very disturbing though that they set out my actual password, as if they can find it once, they can find my new one again.
Just letting you know.
This is why our IT Gurus ask us to have different passwords for different applications and to change them every so often - as we all have to at work.
Many companies we deal with online ask us to set up accounts, so that we can follow / cancel purchases.  We tend to use a standard password for them all as we are never going to remember we set up an account - let alone a separate password for it.
Think of a simple word and change some of the letters to capitals and for similar looking numbers / symbols - then add to it, the appropriate suffix - eBay / PayPal / Nat West Bank - Something I didn’t know - a space  is considered to be a symbol !!!

 on: October 08, 2018, 06:38:36 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
As part of the overall security operation for the wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank, a Restriction of Flying Regulation has been granted in the vicinity of Windsor Castle estate on 12 and 13 October 2018.

This restricts aircrafts from flying below 2,500 ft and would not affect commercial operations at London Heathrow.

The restriction also covers the use of all drones in and around the Windsor Castle estate.

This will be monitored and enforced throughout the event and offenders will be liable for prosecution.

This Restriction of Flying Regulation is a routine measure for a large scale event such as this and is part of the broad range of security measures that are in place to deliver a safe and secure day for everyone.

Please help us by not bringing drones. If you see a drone, please report it to a police officer.

Message Sent By
Neil Hawkins (Police, Communications Officer, Forcewide)

 on: October 07, 2018, 09:04:31 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
We now move on to two more dogs in my youth at Widbrook. Both Old English Sheepdogs.

So turn up your sound.

 on: October 07, 2018, 08:55:21 PM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
For all you young aspiring photographers. Here is a way to get a close up of your feathered friends. All you have to do is to make a simple bird feeder.

So turn up your sound.

 on: October 04, 2018, 12:56:51 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Amateur photographers have been busy taking photos through the summer for the ‘Wild About Cookham’ photo competition.  Here are a few that locals have taken (though not necessarily entered for the competition yet!)

Organised by WildCookham and the Cookham Festival the competition is for photos taken in Cookham of local wildlife and wildlife habitats and you have another six months or so to take your best snaps.  It will result in an exhibition at next year’s Festival with plans to create a Wild About Cookham calendar for 2020.  Photographers – of all ages – are being encouraged to take pictures that will give a real sense of the variety of life and the special wild habitats that still exist in the Cookhams.  A panel of judges will select photos for the exhibition and the calendar and the exhibition visitors will vote for the prize-winners in adult, under 17 and smart-phone categories.  Full details of the competition are at

To help you on the way local photographer Mick Vogel has offered his own top rules for taking good wildlife photos:

- Make yourself familiar with your subject, including their habits and habitats

- Have a particular shot of your subject in mind before you set out. That will give you something to aim for

- Don't make all your shots 5ft 9'' shots... By this I mean don't take all your shots standing up, experiment with different angles by kneeling or even laying down

- Try to take ''clean'' pictures, There's nothing worse than a great shot being spoiled be a stray twig or piece of grass in front of your subject, this also applies for the background

- Never put yourself or your subject in danger, no shot is worth that...

- You may have the best most expensive kit on the market, but if you don't have this one key ingredient you can forget taking up wildlife photography... PATIENCE

- Don't forget your mobile phone has a camera, if you see a great composition and you don't have a proper camera - use your phone!

-And last but not least... practice, practice, have time to perfect the shot (you have until the 22nd April 2019)

 on: October 04, 2018, 09:38:40 AM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Bagheera
Unfortunately the email scam seems to be commonplace at present.

I have found that they quote an obsolete password in the subject so I have blocked any email with that password in the subject line as it is a combination of numbers and letters which no legitimate sender would ever have cause to include.

 on: October 03, 2018, 07:17:15 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
FIRST:  Those people that may have received a first threatening email re visiting Porno sites, Marion has now received a second.  The computer which generates these scam emails, is obviously going through the listings again !
Please be reassured, no-one will believe that you have been on a porno site - this is a scam:
Since their first threatening email, I've now received another.  This time, asking for a larger sum of money.
I am a 76 year old widow and do not, not, visit porn sites !!
After their first threat, I changed my password in all my contacts.  This was never ever used on Facebook, Messenger anyway?
Please circulate.
Thank you.
I have set the wording out so that you will recognise these emails if they arise.
If you get one, rest assured it is a scam - so
‘Very first alternative is to dismiss this e-mail. As a result, I most certainly will send out your videotape to every one of your contacts and thus just think regarding the shame you will definitely get. Do not forget if you are in an important relationship, how this will affect ?
In the second place solution is to give me $4000. We are going to refer to it as a donation. In this situation, I will instantly remove your videotape. You could continue your way of life like this never occurred and you would never hear back again from me.
You'll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search for "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).
BTC Address: 18G1edtsQwHJh8XYcN9e6Cdua3kaev38jv [case-sensitive, copy & paste it]
If you are looking at going to the law enforcement, very well, this e mail cannot be traced back to me. I have dealt with my steps. I am also not looking to ask you for so much, I only want to be paid.
You now have one day to make the payment. I have a unique pixel within this mail, and right now I know that you have read this email message. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including close relatives, coworkers, etc. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video right away. If you want to have proof, reply Yeah! & I will send your video to your 10 contacts.
1/10  Monday 5.15 p.m. / 5.45 p.m.  High Street, Maidenhead.  Bike was chained to s second bike which was left behind.  A white, Giant Revel, bike.
1/10 - 2/10  Monday 4.10 p.m. / Tuesday 8.30 a.m.  Plaza, St. Cloud Way.  Propped up bike stolen.  A young lad ran up, jumped on the bike and pedalled away.  He is described as , late 20’s, very skinny, unwashed, wearing a grey hoody and a black base ball ca
1/10  Monday 6.30 p.m.  Fishery Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS and searched.  CCTV shows they had only gone into the house for 5 minutes, when a young lad riding around on a bike, pulls up and searched the car.  You may only make a mistake once and leave your car / rear doors / window open and you become a victim of crime.  It will be on that occasion, someone was watching and made a move.  If you had not made that mistake, the crime would not have occurred and we would not have another Victim.  We only have Opportunist Thieves in the Borough, looking for easy targets.  If we all do what we should and protect our property, we should not be a victim of crime.  REMEMBER - OUR OPPORTUNIST THIEVES, ARE ALWAYS OUT THERE 24 / 7, TARGETING THE EASIEST OPTION THEY CAN FIND.  MAKE YOUR HOME / CAR, EVEN SLIGHTLY MORE DIFFICULT AND THEY WILL MOVE ON - THEY WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMEONE ELSE, WHO FOR THE FIRST TIME, MADE A MISTAKE AND IS THEREFORE, AN EASIER TARGET.
Every time you leave your house / car, look back.  What can you see from the road.  If you can see a mistake, our Opportunists can too !
1/10 - 2/10  Monday 6 p.m. / Tuesday 7 a.m.  High Street, Hurley.  Offenders approached the property through a front gate and stripped lead from the bay window.
1/10 - 2/10  Monday 6.30 p.m. / Tuesday 5.20 a.m.  Riverside Park, High Street, Hurley.  Motorbike stolen.  Motorbike left covered on the decking.    The owner still has the keys and had its steering lock engaged.  A silver, Yamaha XP 500 index RK ** ULO
30/9 - 1/10  Sunday 5 p.m. / Monday 1 p.m.  Aldebury Road.  Car keyed for the second time.
1/10 - 2/10  Monday 5 p.m. / Tuesday 7 a.m.  Compound,  Forest Green Road, Holyport.  Offenders forced the gates and then removed a chain from a quad bike.  Apparently they lifted it over a fence to remove it.
1/10 - 2/10  Monday 8.45 p.m. / Tuesday 8.30 a.m.  Hotel Car Park, Manor Lane.  Car rear windscreen smashed - nothing stolen.
I am afraid the PEC are slow to answer at the moment - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:


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