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 on: July 05, 2018, 05:02:08 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
During the summer months and in particular in hot weather, Thames Valley Police would like to remind our residents of the dangers of open water. Open water includes ponds, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, quarries, docks and beaches.

It is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely and sensibly.

Spot the dangers

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

The dangers of water include:

•    very cold temperatures
•    strong hidden currents
•    steep slippery banks – making it difficult to get out
•    deep water – which can change and be unpredictable
•    hidden rubbish or objects, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
•    there are no lifeguards
•    it may be polluted and may make you ill

Make sure you:

•    stay out of water unless you know it's safe
•    don’t jump into the water from heights, e.g. bridges
•    have access to safety equipment
•    never enter the water alone
•    never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
•    look out for warning signs and advice in the area
•    keep dogs on leads when you are walking near water
•    avoid walking or running near water in the dark

If someone is in difficulty in the water reassure them, shout for help and call the emergency services on 999

For more information on water safety visit the Royal Life Saving Society website.

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Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

 on: July 04, 2018, 01:37:05 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
If you want to report a crime or contact us - you can do that using the 101 number you can report the following issues online, at our new TVP website:
NEXT: a warning about open water and the hot weather.
Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these drownings occur due to a lack of knowledge and understanding, of open water safety. The basic principles of open water safety, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase enjoyment of open water and significantly reduce the number of incidents that occur each year
During this hot weather can we please ask people to be extremely careful about entering ponds and rivers to cool off.  Often people just jump into water that appears to be safe, but may contain strong currents or dumped debris just under the surface.  Bridge jumping is definitely dangerous, as the jumper has no idea what is just under the surface, people may have dumped metal objects from the bridge into the water from that exact spot !
The advice is:
Don't jump or dive in as the depth may vary and there can be unseen hazards.
Don't go in near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices. These and some other water features are often linked with strong currents.
Rivers can be very cold no matter how warm the weather.
Those going into cold water can get cramp and experience breathing difficulties very quickly.
If someone is in difficulty in the water shout reassurance to them and shout for help and call the emergency services (call 999 or 112)
Without endangering yourself see if you can reach out to them with a stick, pole or item of clothing – lie down to ensure you stay secure. Alternatively throw something buoyant to them such as a ring buoy or anything that will float.

Only leave windows open for ventilation if you are in the room at the time.
Don’t leave ground floor windows open at night - front or back of the property- even for ventilation.
Don’t leave windows open upstairs, if someone could climb on a flat roof / porch to gain entry.
Our opportunist thieves are mostly small teenagers, who can climb through small transom / toilet windows - don’t leave those open.
If you are working or sitting in your garden - your front and any back / side doors are double locked !  You cannot leave a door on the catch, so that you can go in and out easily.  If thieves hear your mower hedger trimmer in the garden, they will assume your back / side door has been left open and simply walk in, if the door is unlocked and take whatever they can - usually handbags left on work tops.  If you walk back in and find them, they are already prepared - you will ask ‘What are you doing in my kitchen’ ?  They will respond ‘I was looking for Mike’.  You will respond ‘Mike who’?  They then say ‘Doesn’t Mike live here ?  I thought he did, sorry, wrong house’.  They then make a fast exit, while you stand there stunned and not quite understanding what has gone on, until you find items missing !
More examples over a long period, particularly in Sunningdale.  Please be particularly aware, if you have an external post box - even if you can lock it - the keys are standard and easily obtainable, by opportunists.
Offenders return to the same post boxes, time and time again. They will remove the individuals post and use any letters / bills to set up fraudulent bank accounts and credit card accounts in the name of the occupant / s. The offenders will then return to the post boxes, to retrieve any cards or bank paperwork, allowing them to use any funds attributed to those accounts.  Occasionally they will come across a cheque book / bank card, belonging to the resident and use these to spend or draw funds usually up to the £30 spend limit on contactless transactions.
Some residents have decided to avoid this problem and arranged to collect their post, from the Post Office.  We have now had cases where offenders have found this out - no post is delivered over time - and gone to the post office, purporting to be agents of the residents, to collect their post on their behalf.
Not only are they intercepting credit cards and pin numbers, but also personal information, such as statements, utility bills etc., in order to open fraudulent bank accounts.
Often the first you know this has happened is when you receive letters from loan companies to say small loans have been paid off.  Never ignore these letters.  The fraudsters are creating a loan credit history.  Any loan company will check the address and calculate the vale, when the scammer, subsequently goes for a huge loan !
Please follow this advice:

2/7 - 3/7    Monday / Tuesday Ray Lea Road.  The owner heard a noise at midnight and went to investigate.  They found someone had tried to break into their car and smash a window - nothing had been stolen - the thief may have been disturbed.
2/7 - 3/7  Monday 5 p.m. / Tuesday 10.50 p.m.  Business, Henley Road.  Burglary.  Entry via forced front door.  Attempt to steal a generator.  It was too heavy for the offenders and was left behind.
1/7 - 3/7  Farm Road.  Car front index plate stolen.
29/6 - 2/7  Farm, Bartletts Lane, Holyport.  Generator stolen from a barn.  It was very heavy and would have needed two people to carry it.
Just thought I’d email you a possible email scam.
With the increase in hackers stealing data, I received a scam email concerning a delivery to me.  It specifies my name/address (without door number) and mobile phone number, with a link for more details.  Most people, might click on the link as they are not expecting a delivery !
I have tried to look for the company online but this website / email address does not exist !
I haven’t clicked though the email hyperlinks, as I don’t want any ransomware or viruses on my PC.
Just wanted to make you and others aware of a different kind of email spam / scammers out there.

 on: July 04, 2018, 11:12:59 AM 
Started by monty - Last post by monty
Feeling very frustrated today tried to book apt with British Gas for my annual service and had to talk to some machine which could not understand what I was saying. Is it so difficult to have a real live person at the end of the phone. Well I will wat till they ringme  Cry

 on: July 03, 2018, 05:12:12 PM 
Started by Roger - Last post by Roger
Looks like there is another fire in Holyoort. There is also a story that Emmetts house near Marlow was burned down.

 on: July 03, 2018, 11:41:40 AM 
Started by fision - Last post by Cervantes
Definitely good enough for our purposes. We'll have to keep an eye out for him. Thanks

 on: July 03, 2018, 01:01:20 AM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Today (2/7) we’re launching the next phase of our Hidden Harm campaign, this time asking everyone to open their eyes to honour based abuse (HBA).
Thames Valley Police has dealt with 1,200 cases of HBA in the past four years, however these are just the incidents and crimes we know about – it’s likely that many more go unreported.
That’s why we’re running this campaign - to raise awareness of this type of abuse and encourage people to come forward and report their concerns.
HBA is any type of abuse committed to ‘defend’ the perceived ‘honour’ of a family or community.

There are a number of different ways this can manifest itself. For example; someone may be abused by their family for being in a relationship with a person of the same sex or from a different culture, they may not want to take part in an arranged marriage or they may be simply wearing clothing or taking part in activities not considered ‘traditional’.

The abuse doesn’t have to be physical, it can be emotional or sexual and may involve threats of violence, false imprisonment, stalking, forced marriage and in some cases, even murder.

Anyone can be a victim of honour based abuse – it’s not about religion. It’s to do with beliefs and customs and an expectation that an individual should behave in a certain way or they will bring shame or dishonour on their family or the wider community.

Culture and tradition are not an excuse for abuse. If you suspect someone you know may be a victim of HBA or you are being abused yourself, please contact us either on 101 or 999 in an emergency. There’s lots of ways we can help and keeping people safe is always our top priority.

More information about the campaign and honour based abuse, can be found by searching #HiddenHarm or visiting the Thames Valley Police website –

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

 on: July 03, 2018, 12:52:29 AM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
I am sure she is OK, a lot of cats have two homes some have even more.

 on: July 02, 2018, 10:55:32 PM 
Started by Mac - Last post by Mac
Sadly not.

It's been a while since we last saw her.

Hopefully she's safe somewhere.

 on: July 02, 2018, 08:08:56 PM 
Started by Roger - Last post by wannabe
For info, A404 Marlow bypass closed due to a field fire. Cookham very heavy traffic.

 on: July 02, 2018, 07:38:50 PM 
Started by Roger - Last post by Roger
Seems a fire started on Emmetts field at Little Marlow earlier on today which has gone across to the garden centre by the A404 which is now gridlocked.

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