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 31 
 on: April 06, 2018, 02:42:44 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
from the Cookham Society

The centres of both Cookham and Cookham Dean have been designated as Conservation Areas because they are worth preserving. In both Conservation Areas open green space constitute an important part of the landscape and character of the area and should not be eroded by incremental new development. Two new Planning Applications (18/00554 and18/00770) have been submitted for the construction of additional large houses by splitting private gardens in Berries Road and Warners Hill. If you agree with us that these are inappropriate developments, you can register your objection with the Borough.

 32 
 on: April 06, 2018, 12:56:06 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
With Easter behind us and Spring in the air at last, it's time to get busy making our gardens fit for wildlife.  First step is to come to WildCookham's meeting next Thursday, 12th April, to hear about Cookham's Wild About Gardens Awards launched this month, and to get useful ideas and tips from Hilary Phillips of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.  The Awards will be presented later this year to local garden owners based on the number of wildlife-friendly features in your garden - and you have between now and the end of June to submit the very simple self-certification form.

You can also get full details about the Awards at the meeting and join up if you wish.
Already there's been a lot of interest in the Awards and the organisers hope that we are on the way to making Cookham a Community that's Proud of its Wildlife!

All details of the meeting are on the WildCookham Meetup site (https://www.meetup.com/WildCookham) or email lpeperell@f2s.com to confirm you plan to attend.

 33 
 on: April 05, 2018, 09:40:48 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.
 
A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies.
 
The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.
 
Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.
 
This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.
 
Protection Advice:
 
1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.
 
2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.
 
3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.
 
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
 
Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

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 34 
 on: April 05, 2018, 03:13:54 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller then receives a fake, but official looking email stating they have been paid more than the asking price and to send the difference back to the buyer’s bank account. In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. All contact is then severed with the seller.
 
It is important to remember that selling anything could make you a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those offering sofas, large furniture and homeware are particularly vulnerable.
 
Protection Advice
 
• Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a trusted payment method online, such as Paypal, and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.
 
• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Always verify that you have received payment from the buyer before completing a sale.
 
• Listen to your instincts.  Criminals will try and make unusual behaviour, like overpaying, seem like a genuine mistake.
 
Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.
 
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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 35 
 on: April 05, 2018, 02:49:39 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
PHONE SCAM:
22/3 - 4/4  Maidenhead.  The aggrieved is an elderly resident, who received a phone call in early March, from a man saying he was from the police.  He explained that he was investigating a member of staff at her bank for fraud.  He would like her help to gather evidence, against him and possible accomplices, at the branch.  He needed her bank account details, so that he could protect her money from the fraud.  She handed this over, as well as all the details of her bank cards, with PIN numbers.  The Fraudster, then used this detail, to make online purchases to the value of £775.  He then made various Bank Transfers out of her account to other accounts, of over £17,000.  He did this with her consent, to protect the money from the Fraudsters in the branch.  The phone calls persisted for several weeks.  Finally - he asked her to collect packages, of items he had purchased online.  When she went to collect them, she was refused.  That was when she became suspicious and spoke to her bank ,who immediately confirmed it was a scam and put a stop on all her cards and are currently, trying to trace the bank transfers.  She was very lucky that they immediately, refunded the money spent on the online purchases.
 We have had several of these types of cases and the Royal Borough over the last few months and we are obvioulsy being targeted for this offence.  Please spread the word !
 
A ROMANCE SCAM:
We had a call from a local bank, to say one of their customers was transferring money to Africa and they had concerns that the aggrieved, was the victim of a scam.  The victim was involved in an online romance, with a young man in Russia.  The young man was apparently bitten by a dog, the wound went septic and he needed a very expensive operation, but had no money.  The aggrieved was in the process of organising a large loan from a loan shark in Nigeria, to have money sent to Russia.  The bank became suspicious and phoned us.
Can everyone please be aware that this happens all the time, but it rarely comes to our attention unless someone calls us.  If you are part of a day centre, lunch club, carers’ group spread the word.  We all need listen and be aware of any changes in behaviour in club members, to protect elderly and vulnerable people.
 
NEXT: An Update re the 101 number and the PEC - (the Police Enquiry Centre), there have been some changes recently.  They are no longer called PECs, but are now Contact Management Centres.  The 101 number is still the same.
We have 1,200 members of staff, in the five centres across Hampshire and the Thames Valley.  The centres are based in Abingdon, Kidlington, Milton Keynes and Netley.
 
The CMCs, answered around 290,000 calls to the 999 number and 785,000 calls, to the 101 number  That equates to an emergency call every 1.8 minutes and a non-emergency call, every 40 seconds !!!
 
NEXT - ‘Victim Support’ is now gone and replaced with Victims First !
The first new hub has now been launched on the 26th March and has started to provide support for victims, witnesses and victim’s family members, across the Thames Valley.
The hub is managed by the Police & Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld and is staffed by civilian Victim’s First officers.
 
Victims First Officers, contact victims, to establish their emotional and practical needs and to put in place, a support plan.
 
They will also provide emotional welfare, of both witnesses and victims’ family members, where support is required and consent given.  You can access Victims First directly via the phone, or their website:
 
0300 1234 148
 
www.victims-first.org.uk
 
The Victims First Hub has been in development for two years and we are all delighted, to see its launch.
 
NEXT we have had a spate of Graffiti in Windsor - but my advice is useful for everyone.
 
Graffiti - we have just had a rash of graffiti right across Central Windsor with the tag ‘FORK’.  One of our NHW Co-ordinators walked through an underpass, where two young lads were acting suspiciously and there was the smell, of recently sprayed paint.  He stopped and challenged them - which was not well received.  One of the lads phoned his mum, who drove up fairly quickly.  She reacted aggressively.  Our NHW member explained he was not accusing them of anything, but simply asking, if they had seen anything.  The response was not good and the mother and the two boys drove off at speed.  He did manage to photograph them on his phone, whilst he reported the incident to us on the 101 number.  Can I re-iterate - if you feel you want to take photographs, please be extremely discrete and do not - put yourself at risk.
 
AND THERE IS MORE:
We had a garage break in Ascot where a bike was stolen - again the advice is useful for everyone:
 
3/4  Tuesday Woodlands Ride, Ascot.  Garage break.  CCTV shows a young lad walking around the rear garden, to the wooden double garage doors.  Even though the garage was locked, he managed to open the doors easily, causing no damage.    He removed a mountain bike and parked it nearby, returning with a large ‘bag for life’, to remove other items which included - biscuits - Jammy Dodgers, cookies, chocolate bars and some alcohol.  The bike was a black, Merida Big 7, mountain bike - WITH THE FRAME NUMBER.  We recover ‘found’ bikes all the time and have sometimes over 200 ,in the rear yard that are never reported missing, or collected.  If you report a bike stolen, we enter the details into the police computer.  We then check every bike we recover against that database.  We almost never, have a frame number, to positively identify a bike, to return it to the rightful owner.  When I report a stolen bike in a message, I always give a full description - if we have one.  Generally, you will see ‘A blue mountain bike’- no make model or frame number.
Often, the owners can barely remember the colour !  If you have a bike…… can you please stand it up against a wall and photograph it, using your mobile phone and then email the picture to yourself ?  That way, we get make, model, colour - sometimes two colours - and any distinguishing features.  Then use your mobile phone, to reach down and photograph the space under and between the pedals, where the frame number is stamped into the metal.  It would help, if you turned the bike over, to do this Huh  We really want to return bikes to their owners, as it is very inconvenient for us to store them.  Please help us to help you Huh  Our last batch went to auction very recently and the money received, is paid into the Police Property Act Fund, which is distributed each year to deserving charities, by the PCC - the Police and Crime Commissioner.  This is what is there today from the last week- some really nice bikes - and a mini motorbike !
 
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Pickpockets have been in the Town Centre, over the last few days.  An elderly victim had her handbag stolen, while she was shopping.  Others had purses stolen from their bags.  Please think about what bag you are taking, when going shopping.  Many women now use the large fashionable tote / beach style bags, which do not have zips across the top.  They also wear them tight under their arms, with the open topped bag, protruding behind them - making it even easier, to remove purses and other valuables.  Bags should always be zipped, worn across the body, with a long shoulder strap, underneath coats.  What is more important unsafe fashion - or your credit cards Huh
3/4 1.45 p.m. / 2 p.m.  Tennis Facility Car Park.  Bike locked in a bike rack stolen.  A black & yellow, Carrera, mountain bike.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
2/4  Monday 5.40 p.m.  Business Vanwell Business Park.  Police were called to a break-in by the alarm company.  The found the main reception area windows smashed - a manhole cover had been thrown through them.  The offenders climbed in and made an untidy search the ground and first floor offices.  They smashed a window upstairs to access the fire escape to get out of the building as the alarm was sounding.  Not yet known if anything stolen.
2/4 - 3/4  Monday 7 p.m. / Tuesday  Cumbria Close.  Van break driver’s door forced - SAT NAV stolen.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT


 36 
 on: April 04, 2018, 10:50:10 PM 
Started by David Cuin - Last post by Cecily
I walk down Berries Road most days, it must be one of the most beautiful areas Cookham village, immortalised in a number of Stanley Spencer paintings. This 7 bedroom mansion will destroy the character and feel of the road, why on earth would anyone want to build such an inappropriate house. You are right Watchman, greed. Although I cant help wonder whether anyone would buy a home looking like that!

 37 
 on: April 04, 2018, 08:40:38 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
from Cookham Cricket Club

Please can we inform you that Wheels at Cookham Dean has been cancelled due to the poor weather conditions and also the vehicle would be parking on the cricket pitch and that is water logged, as the cricket season starts the following week it would not be fair to ruin the pitch or outfields.

 38 
 on: April 04, 2018, 07:46:50 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
from Cookham Parish Council

Hopefully you have already seen that the River Thames from Hurley to Cookham has been on Flood Alert since Saturday 31st March. You may also have seen the flood boards near the Pound and on the High Street. "Flood Alert" means we should be prepared.  No property flooding is currently expected.

We are contacting you now because the river level upstream at Cookham Lock is at the height, 60cm, where we start to consider whether to open the Flood Hub.

Fiona Hewer and Carol Long have been monitoring the situation closely. We expect Cookham to remain on Flood Alert until Saturday, when the forecast suggests things will start to improve.  We do not expect the river levels to be high enough to close the B4447 Moor Road.

We do not expect to have to open the Cookham Flood Hub, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely.  

 39 
 on: April 04, 2018, 04:14:43 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
For the past couple of weeks, we have been raising awareness of online child abuse as part of our Hidden Harm campaign.
 
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.
 
It’s therefore really important that we all understand the risks associated with being online and take some simple steps to help keep children safe:
 
Understand the types of social media available to children and young people including age restrictions - take a look at Net Aware, developed by the NSPCC and O2, which can help you explore the sites, apps and games that they use most.
 
Know what your child is doing online and talk to them about it - no matter how old they are it’s important to have regular conversations about the types of sites they’re accessing, what the dangers are and how they can stay safe. The NSPCC’s Share Aware pages gives some good advice on how to start these conversations.
 
Set up and manage parental controls on all your family’s devices - watch our videos on how you can quickly and easily do this on a PS4 and Xbox One. You can also call the free NSPCC and O2 Helpline on 0808 800 5002 to chat to an expert advisor.
 
Reassure your children that they can talk to you about anything that is worrying them - we can all do our best to keep children safe online but sometimes things can go wrong, so it’s important that they know where to go should this happen. Encourage them to talk to you or alternatively contact Childline on 0800 1111 for free confidential advice and support.
 

 40 
 on: March 31, 2018, 09:11:11 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
We now turn to a 1931 photo of the Holy Trinity Church Choir, taken in the Vicarage Garden. The two notable characters in the photo are the then vicar, Canon Batchelor and Mrs. Kate Bird, the previous vicars daughter who lived at Glennore in Berries Road and now a nursing home.

https://youtu.be/oyjsFA3As2U

So turn up your sound.

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