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 on: December 11, 2018, 07:14:11 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Crime prevention Advise, you can only do your best, as you can see their is CCTV!
Three Modern Slavery Crimes are recorded every week across Thames Valley*. Could you spot the signs?
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personnel or commercial gain.
Victims can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation.
Modern slavery could be happening in your community, so it’s important you know the signs that could indicate someone may be a victim of this crime.
How do they look? Scruffy, dirty, malnourished, injured?
How are they acting? Anxious, afraid, reluctant to talk?
What’s their work situation like? Long hours, unsuitable clothing, wrong equipment
How’s their accommodation? Overcrowded, poorly maintained, curtains always closed?
What are their movements like? Never leave the house alone, limited contact with friends and family, no access to money or identification?
If you think someone may be a victim of modern slavery tell someone. You will always be taken seriously. Protection and support is available.

 on: December 10, 2018, 08:31:59 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Subscription trap; this scam offers a free gift or trial offer. If you pay postage and Packing to receive the ‘gift’ beware as you may. Without realising it, set up a Continuous Payment Authority (CPA) allowing the company to take any amount out of your bank account at any time.

Bogus charities; Fake charities prey on the victim sense of good will at this time of the year, and their marketing techniques can be very convincing. Make sure that the marketing you have received is genuine if you aren’t sure-don’t take the risk.

Pop-up shops; whilst pop-up shops tend to appear more online, sometimes, especially at Christmas time, pop-up shops will temporarily take over closed down high street stores, and often sell counterfeit and/or faulty items. Be cautious when shopping in these stores.

HM Revenue & Customs; Criminals phone unsuspecting members of the public and claim they have over/under paid their tax. Beware-never give out your bank details and hang up the phone immediately.

Bank scam; Criminals phone members of the public and claim to be calling from their bank to report ‘suspicious activity’ on your account. If you receive a call like this hang up immediately, wait 15 minutes, or use another phone, and call 101.

Metropolitan Police scam; Similar to the bank scam, criminal phone members of the public claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police reporting ‘suspicious bank activity’ Hang up immediately, wait 15 minutes, or use another phone, and call 101.

E-greeting(online) cards; Be careful when sending online greetings cards as they can contain malware which can find address and books and bank details which are stored on your computer.

Gifts cards; Gift cards are ideal for that hard-to-buy for person, but be aware if you are buying these online, as gift cards are easy to illegitimately replicate and could cause embarrassment to your friends and family when they try and use your gift…. And they are fake.

Seasonal travel scams; Beware of these too good to be true seasonal travel offers. Criminals are waiting for you to click on their ‘offer’ links so they can start infecting your computer in hope of obtaining your bank details. Be sure to only trusted online travel agents.

 Delivery scams; With many gifts being sent via postal service at this time of year it isn’t a surprise if you come home and there is a ‘sorry we missed you! Please call the number below to re-arrange delivery’ card waiting for you. However, be very careful to check it is genuine as fake delivery cards are being delivered by criminals and the phone number you are asked to call is a very high premium rate telephone number. You could run a phone bill of hundreds of pounds waiting for someone who is never going to answer.

 Smishing; Criminals use text messages pretending to be bank requesting an immediate response or else your account will be locked. However, whilst some banks do send text messages to alert you of suspicious activity you should never respond by text. Contact your bank on a number you know is legitimate.

 Romance scams; Only use well established and trusted dating websites. Do not click on links from someone you do not know or trust. Do not communicate with anyone you find on these sites away from the site as you could be putting yourself into a vulnerable position.

 on: December 09, 2018, 01:16:17 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Bagheera
A squib that could not even raise itself far enough to be damp!

 on: December 08, 2018, 10:35:18 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Well that didn't last long!

The Environment Agency has announced that its Flood Alert for the River Thames from Hurley to Cookham is no longer in force and so this incident is now closed. No flooding is now expected in this area.

 on: December 08, 2018, 01:02:38 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The newly opened Little Bookshop in Cookham Village is offering a Prize Draw which will take place on on 21st Dec for a bottle of champagne If you want to enter you just need to drop into the shop and ask for an entry form

 on: December 07, 2018, 10:20:59 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
from Cookham Parish Council

7.50pm Friday 7th December The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for the River Thames from Hurley to Cookham.

The River Thames upstream at Cookham Lock is at 14cm.     This is much below the level at which serious community problems like the closure of the Moor Road occur (100cm).  Cookham Parish Council Flood Committee is watching the situation closely.  We are surprised to see that we are the only area in Berkshire on Flood Alert. Normally if there is a problem on the Thames, the Cut, Datchet and other areas are on flood alert too. Please report any flooding problems in Cookham to .The next text is the EAs, and tther is more information on the

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: River Thames from Hurley to Cookham.

Flooding is possible for: River Thames from Hurley to Cookham including Harleyford, Bisham, Marlow and Bourne End.  

Be prepared.

Property flooding is not currently expected. Levels on the River Thames have been rising slowly throughout the day in response to recent rainfall.. It is expected to be relatively dry overnight and into tomorrow morning. Levels are expected to continue to rise tonight and flooding of low lying land and roads is possible tonight (07/12/2018), especially in the Hurley area.

We are constantly monitoring river levels. Remain safe and be aware of your local surroundings, flood waters may be deep and fast flowing. Please refer to River and Sea levels in England for current levels. This message will be updated by the end of tomorrow morning if not before.

To check the latest information for your Area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast:

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 173199 .

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

What you should consider doing now


* Check your flood response plans to see how you need to respond.

* To report flooding in your area, or to contact your local Environment Agency Duty Officer, call the Incident Communication Service on 0845 850 3518.

 on: December 07, 2018, 04:59:22 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
I am on Annual leave from today, trekking in remote northern Thai jungles, to spend time with remote hill tribes !!  While I am away, we have addressed the problem of no messages coming out and I have trained a large number of PCSOs, to send Thames Valley Alert messages.  They won’t be as detailed as mine, as they will have to fit this in around their other duties, so I am grateful to them.
Can I thank you all for the time and work you put in protecting your neighbours and the community around you - and -  being a brilliant support for the police, your help, support and assistance is very much appreciated by us and we all hope you have a happy, safe and crime free Christmas.
7/12  Friday 1.15 a.m.  Twyford Road, Waltham St. Lawrence.  Garage break.  The owner heard a loud noise and looked out to see a man near the house, who immediately made off.  CCTV shows a white beaten up van arriving at the property and three men attempting to break into the garage.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.
6/12  Thursday 7.15 p.m. / 10.45 p.m.  Sutton Road, Cookham.  Car rear windscreen smashed.  LAPTOP BAG WITH CONTENTS AND PAPERWORK STOLEN.
3/11 - 6/11  Monday midnight / Thursday 3.25 p.m.  Laburnham Road.  Spare tyre stolen from a land Rover Discovery
6/12  Thursday midnight / noon  Tithe Barn Drive.  Burglary.  Reported by a neighbour.  Entry via rear forced patio doors.  Search of the whole house including kitchen cupboards and the fridge.  Jewellery boxes searched and left on the bed.  Not yet known what was stolen.

 on: December 07, 2018, 11:19:35 AM 
Started by Bagheera - Last post by Medtner
They are replacing the water main.

 on: December 06, 2018, 09:15:33 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Come along to Winter Hill Golf Club for some festive cheer and hear all the WildCookham news!

Thursday, December 13, 2018
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Winter Hill Golf, Club, Grange Road, Cookham

How to find us
Straight up Terry's Lane from the White Oak, then turn right at the crossroads into Grange Lane. Follow the road round to the left and the golf club is there at the end. Or straight up Grange Rd and straight across the crossroads.

20 species have recently been selected as priorities as part of Wild Maidenhead's Biodiversity Action Plan, they're looking for support in monitoring this mix of birds, mammals, insects and plants. We'll have the leaders of our various surveys groups reporting on their work and there'll be opportunities to ask questions and also sign up for future activities.

2018 has been a packed year for WildCookham. We've been on safaris looking for glow worms, birds, lizards, tadpoles and a multitude of insects. We've had talks on biodiversity, gardening for wildlife, entomology and veteran trees and we've even taken on our very own nature reserve! Our December meeting is all about celebrating the progress we have made in the past year and planning our activities together for the year ahead. And we need you there! Come and hear the latest on the surveys we have undertaken, find out how you can help with planned 2019 surveys and other projects (including the Harris Woodbridge Nature Reserve in Cookham Dean), learn about our Wild Gardens programme for 2019 and influence what we prioritise in the Cookhams in the year ahead.

It's now clear - from all the reports and news we get from around the world - that we face a major environmental challenge largely of our own making. This meeting is the one when you can really help us make a difference in our own backyard. Inevitably there will be mince pies and Christmas cheer too!

Please join us. As ever this event is free to attend, but feel free to put donations in the collection box.

 on: December 06, 2018, 05:20:32 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
This is all crime over the last 48 hours.
It is a really good start to our Winter Burglary Campaign
Sorry there haven’t been many crime updates, but we have been working on our Winter Burglary Campaign.
Come and say Hello
As part of the Winter Burglary Campaign which started this month, officers will be in Wessex Way Shops, on Friday 7th December, between 5 p.m. / 9 p.m. with our new ‘AdVan’.  A mobile advertising van, with screens along the sides, showing various police crime prevention messages.  
Please come along and speak to our officers, to find out more information about how not to be a burglary victim.  You can meet PCSO Emily Baker, PCSO Aneta Welnitz and PCSO Graham Knight.  We are also hoping to have a representative, from the RBWM Community Wardens.
If you want more advice / Crime prevention information, you can always contact a member of your Neighbourhood Team, by emailing them, on their Group email address, set out below, above your particular Neighbourhood.
You can of course use the 101 number, or make contact online.  If you want to supply is with information / intelligence in total anonymity, you can phone The Crimestoppers Charity on 0800 555 111
First a message from the Borough:
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Ageing Well Strategy, will outline how organisations across Borough, will work together, to help you live healthy, active and happy lives, for as long as possible and if you need more help, how they will ensure they work together, to support your needs.
Can you help?

Once they know what is important to you, as you grow older, they can plan to make sure your priorities are met. They would like your help, to develop an ‘Ageing Well Strategy’, that will run from 2019 to 2023.

They are asking anyone who might be interested, including professionals and older people, to complete the questionnaire below, so they have your thoughts and ideas, at this early stage.

Over the last few months they have already spoken to many people across the Royal Borough. The main issues identified that might impact on our abilities to age well include:
Transport and access to services
Improved access to information and advice
Improved ways of working between community and health services to support healthy ageing
Access to a range of social activities
Access to affordable housing that supports people to live independently as they age
Loneliness and isolation
Don't delay, have you say now
Take part in the survey
NEXT: a Link to some excellent Scam & Fraud advice. Visit this site to find out more.
I have also received this recommendation from Honor Ryan at Trading Standards
Can you circulate details of this site to your members ?
Many thanks
The advice comes from the National Scams Team and people are encouraged to sign up, to become a Friend Against Scams at
Trading Standards has also produced a ’12 scams of Christmas handout, which I have also attached.
NEXT: - as you know we are now well into our Winter Burglary Campaign
We have prepared a handout for you to share with as many people as possible - see attachment.
4/12 - 5/12  Tuesday 8.30 p.m.  Wednesday 7.20 a.m.  Prince Andrew Close.  Two car windows smashed - no entry gained and nothing stolen.
5/12 - 6/12  Wednesday 7 p.m. / Thursday 8 a.m.  Walker Court, Gordon Road X 2.  1.  3 tyres let down and possibly slashed on a car.  2.  Neighbours tyres also let down.
4/12 - 5/12  Tuesday 10 p.m. / Wednesday 6 a.m.  Car passenger window smashed - nothing stolen.
4/12 - 5/12  Tuesday 9 p.m. / Wednesday 7 a.m.  The Pagoda.  Car driver’s window smashed - loose change stolen from the centre console.
4/12 - 5/12  Tuesday 6 p.m. / Wednesday 9 a.m.  Cookham Road.  Shop front window cracked.
4/12  Tuesday 6.30 p.m. 8 p.m.  Pub, The Pound.  Car rear driver’s side window smashed LAPTOP AND BAG STOLEN.
1/11 - 5/12  Whiteacres Drive, Holyport.  Car badly keyed and tyres let down.  Repeat victim.
5/12  Wednesday 11.30 - 4 p.m.  Ascot Road, Holyport.  Portaloo stolen from an archaeological site.
The 101 number is still functioning properly, but I am afraid it may be slow to answer at the moment - if you are experiencing delays, you can always make contact with us using the online reporting system:

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