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 91 
 on: February 10, 2021, 05:37:32 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
A BRILLIANT 48 HOURS.

ONLY 2 ‘CRIMES’ TO REPORT.  A THEFT OF CAR INDEX PLATES AND A CRIMINAL DAMAGE, WHERE TWO HOUSE WINDOWS WERE BROKEN !!!

NO BURGLARIES

AND

NO THEFT FROMS

FIRST:  Can we thank all those that have phoned us reporting suspicious people and cars out and about in the community.  We gratefully receive all this intelligence and encourage everyone to phone us or leave an online report about anything they see, while out and about, which they feel is suspicious.

‘What is suspicious’ ?  Anything that draws your attention.  We all live in the world and have instincts.  We know the speed cars drive along our roads carrying out normal tasks and we ignore them – we have seen it so often.  What draws our attention is something ‘out of the ordinary’.  A car driving too slowly, the wrong sort of car in our road.  Someone delivering free newspapers, is paid a small amount to deliver them and do so as quickly as possible – we have all seen that and it doesn’t draw our attention, but someone walking up to a front door, looking down side accesses and into windows, paying too much attention to a house and it’s security – will draw our attention as it is ‘unusual’.

We have instincts for a purpose and we tend to ignore them – rely on them, they have developed to keep us safe.  If your attention is drawn to someone / a car acting / driving in a suspicious manner in your road – please let us know.

Think about a jigsaw.  You have a piece in your hand, but you have no idea where it fits into the whole – you haven’t got the box lid with the picture.  It may be the wrong sort of car in your road, parked up in a quiet corner.  They may be waiting to carry out a crime, or hiding and waiting for things to quieten down, after committing a crime.  The crime may not even have been reported to us at that time.

We had a case, we often report, as a perfect example of this.  Many years ago, the NHW Area Co-ordinator for a part of Maidenhead was walking home and as he turned into his road, a car recklessly sped past him.  It was going so fast, his attention was immediately drawn to it and he took down the index.  When he got home, he reported this to the police.  At that time, we took his report, but had no information the car was involved in crime.  A few hours later, someone who lived in that road, returned home from work, found they had been burgled and called the police.  It was then, the jigsaw puzzle piece, was put into place.  We had a possible car index and descriptions of the driver and passenger.  That NHW Area Co-ordinator had done his part and we had a lead.  It did lead to arrests and charges !
We can all ‘do our bit’ to protect our communities.  We do get reports of people walking along rows of parked cars trying car door handles and this helps us enormously.  Technology has also helped.  Many of you now have Video Doorbells.  Please check the footage regularly – even if you do not believe you have been the victim of a crime.  Someone may have walked onto your drive and tried your car door handle, but finding the car locked – walked away.  That footage is also really useful.  It can be the jigsaw puzzle piece which identifies an offender, a time he was out and about and the route he has taken between crimes which did occur.  Any of those jigsaw pieces, will identify an offender to us, for further investigation.  It also means, we can justify organising additional patrols for your area !!

HELP US TO HELP YOU AND KEEP YOU, YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND COMMUNITY SAFE

NEXT: OUR SPRING BURGLARY CAMPAIGN WILL START SHORTLY – WHEN THE WEATHER IMPROVES !!!

Spring is a time when we generally see an increase in shed / garage breaks – offenders target garden equipment and tools.  Spring is a busy time in gardens, as we once again start work in our gardens, tidying up and getting things ready for the summer and there is a large market for mowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers etc. etc.  Sheds particularly are never very secure – even with chains and locks.  They are built of flimsy material and are fairly easy to break into.  If we cannot stop offenders breaking in – we can ‘deter’ them from stealing our expensive to replace equipment.

FIRST:  Think about a Shed Alarm.  These are very reasonably priced and often at this time of year are sold, ‘buy one – get one free’.  They are available from all online retail outlets – simply search for ‘Shed Alarm’.  They are wireless – battery operated - and need no installation.  You can simply place them on a shelf at the rear of a shed.  They contain both heat and motion sensors and are simply fobbed on and off, as you go in and out.  They sound at 110 dbls – which is extremely loud in the early hours and offenders will leave immediately.
SECOND:  Think about property marking all valuable items.  Not with an invisible marking system, such as UV pens, but with something bright, so that an offender will see it, as they look inside the shed with a torch.  Postcode items with your postcode and the first 3 letters of your house name – remembering not to use the ‘The’, if you live in ‘The Laurels’ !!!
Sometimes, people do this with their children / grandchildren – painting the items with bright flowers – making them impossible to sell online or at a car boot sale as they are so easily identifiable !  Make it a fun experience for you and them – and – you have a lovely memory, every time you use that piece for years to come !


CRIME
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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org


MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
9/2  Tuesday Evenlode.  2 panes of glass in a house window smashed.  Ref. No:  43210056005

MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
9/2 - 10/2  Overnight  Bath Road, Littelwick Green  Car index plates taken.  Ref. No:  43210056777

PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 92 
 on: February 10, 2021, 05:28:46 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Missed waste and recycling collections - Bisham and Cookham Ward. Serco has informed us that they were unable to complete the refuse (waste) and recycling collections in the below roads today (Wednesday 10 February) due to ongoing access issues caused by flooding.

They will reattempt collection again on Friday 12 February. Please bear with us during this time and continue to leave your bins out for collection.

 93 
 on: February 10, 2021, 10:08:57 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Subject: Hollands Farm Consultation : ‘TROUBLED BRIDGE OVER WATER.’

A final communications push, before the imminent 17th Feb 5pm consultation deadline for 467 houses at Hollands Farm.

Councils have a legal duty to cooperate.
With a huge 600-650 houses total being proposed separately by both Wycombe and RBWM Councils, this single track, listed bridge ( constructed in 1867) would suffer >1000 traffic movements/ day, from BOTH the Cookham and Bourne End sides of bridge.
Where are the detailed, joined-up traffic analyses to support same?
Do residents of Cookham wish gridlocked traffic emitting pollution on Cookham High St?
Local Cookham resident analysis to date shows traffic slowed by a minimum of >500%.

The Hollands Farm proposal, just a few hundred metres from Cookham, constitutes 467 houses ( with a further 150 at Slate Meadow, Bourne End) in addition to 600 houses proposed on RBWM side of bridge.
It is important to note that every member of every household can make their views known by the upcoming deadline of 5pm 17th Feb. This would affect YOUR children, so please ask them to respond separately, as every single response matters. Response links are below.

https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/planning/hollands-farm-consultation/?fbclid=IwAR38v4P_Dvm8m5l-cZ4B6o3I_sEd5jzs-IZvTlsJlN6DVGKQGvAvseuWlHQ

 94 
 on: February 10, 2021, 01:00:31 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
If you're over 70 or have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable) and haven't yet been called for your COVID-19 vaccination, you can now book an appointment.

The easiest way is through this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/

 95 
 on: February 09, 2021, 07:00:23 PM 
Started by Cookham v Coronavirus - Last post by Cookham v Coronavirus
MORE than 160 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Berkshire in the last 24 hours.

Public Health England has recorded 164 lab-confirmed cases in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Tuesday, February 1 at 4pm, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 51,429, according to Public Health England.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 24 cases, 10,074 total

West Berkshire - 26 cases, 5,716 total

Bracknell - 20 cases, 6,538 total

Wokingham - 19 cases, 7,563 total

Slough - 50 cases, 13,824 total

Windsor and Maidenhead - 25 cases, 7,714 total

There have now been 3,972,148 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The total number of deaths - those with Covid-19 listed on their death certificate - across the UK has now reached 121,674.

The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:

Reading - 252.2

West Berkshire - 172.3

Bracknell - 234.2

Wokingham - 140.3

Slough - 346.4

Windsor and Maidenhead - 156.5

In today's national coronavirus news:

Vaccines are "fully efficacious" against the Kent variant of coronavirus, Environment Secretary George Eustice has said.

He told Sky News that the variant remains "our main challenge at the moment".

"(It is) highly infectious, spreads more quickly than some of the other variants, and dominates at the moment and is our primary challenge.

"And the vaccines are fully efficacious against that particular strain."

Experts believe coronavirus is becoming an "endemic" disease, a leading epidemiologist has said.

Professor David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was asked on the BBC Radio 4's Today programme if people were going to have to "learn to live with" coronavirus circulating.

Prof Heymann replied: "It certainly seems like that in the shorter term, and probably in the long term as well.

"Most experts believe that this disease is now becoming endemic, but the good thing is that we have many tools including vaccines with which we can deal with this virus."

Drawing a comparison with the spread of HIV/Aids, he added: "We've learned to live with it, as we'll learn to live with this infection as well."

Mr Eustice said it was "disappointing" that some NHS staff have declined to take a coronavirus vaccine.

"I think it is always very difficult to require or mandate vaccination... it has always been the case that people have to choose to want it," the Environment Secretary told Sky News.

"Obviously it is disappointing if people working in our NHS, who themselves in very small numbers, have decided not to have the vaccine.

"We want to get maximum protection particularly for those vulnerable cohorts but also for those such as those working in the NHS who are particularly exposed, and the vast majority of them have taken up the vaccine."

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will set out who they believe should be next in line for Covid-19 jabs in a few weeks time.

 96 
 on: February 09, 2021, 11:44:00 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
Cookham Moor

 97 
 on: February 08, 2021, 08:30:32 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
We anticipate this will be the last update regarding flooding within the borough for the time being.
 
However, we are still in the winter season and we will continue to monitor river levels and the weather.
 
 
Cookham
The B4447 The Pound between School Lane and Terry’s Lane is due to be re-opened later today after some minor repairs are carried out ensuring the integrity of the stretch of road that has been underwater. It will be also be swept and gritted, before being opened to traffic.
The A4094 from Bourne End into Ferry Lane is now open.
Water levels are stabilising. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the rivers and surrounding tributaries.
 
Old Windsor
We are working with Surrey County Council and the A308 between the roundabout at A328 to just after the Runnymede Pleasure Ground remains closed.
The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the rivers and surrounding tributaries. 
 
Datchet
The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the area but river levels have stabilised.
 
Wraysbury
The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the area but river levels have stabilised
 
Horton and Wraysbury
The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the area but river levels have stabilised
 
General overview
·         Ray Mill Island is currently closed due to flooding and high river levels surrounding the island.
·         Continue to liaise with flood wardens in each of those areas and they are also supporting their communities.
·         Jubilee River continues to be in operation and all weirs are open down the Thames to allow water to keep moving on and manage the levels within the Thames.
 
If you have a concern about flooding in your community please encourage residents to report it through the website – https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/transport-and-streets/roads-and-pavements/report-flooding-or-drainage-problem
 
Visit the Met Office website for the latest weather information – https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcpsf5fk7#?date=2021-02-02.
 
The comms team will be updating social media to inform residents but please feel free to share the above information with your communities. We will also share messages around staying at home due to the pandemic.
 
 
 

 98 
 on: February 08, 2021, 06:43:43 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
This is early advice that we will again be holding our AGM online, using Zoom, but this year it will be a live meeting, with several Speakers, just as if it was a traditional face-to-face event. The Meeting will start at 10.00 a.m. and finish at 12 noon. However, we are limited to a maximum of 100 attendees, so links to attend will be forwarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis after the confirmation email goes out. There is no limit to numbers who wish to vote.

In due course, the usual documents, such as the Financial Report & Accounts will be published on our website at tvnhwa.org.uk, and we will advise everyone when this has been done. Similarly, the names of those standing for election, and their personal profiles, will also be available for your consideration before voting.

If there are items you would like to see on the AGM Agenda, or if you wish to raise questions for discussion at the event, please let me know in good time.

Finally, we are very keen to hear from any members who believe in the value of NHW and who are interested in helping our future development. Across Thames Valley there are numerous vacancies for Coordinators, Area Coordinators, Multi-Scheme Administrators and Area Representatives. We would also like to hear from anyone who will volunteer their services as an Officer of the TV Association, as Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer, or simply as a specialist in a field such as social media or public relations. All such applications need to be with me by the 15th April, please, to allow time to get names onto the Voting Form.

Further information will follow as soon as possible.

 99 
 on: February 08, 2021, 06:35:17 PM 
Started by Cookham v Coronavirus - Last post by Cookham v Coronavirus
MORE than 150 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Berkshire in the last 24 hours.

Public Health England has recorded 155 lab-confirmed cases in areas including Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, West Berkshire, Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

These figures, correct as of Tuesday, February 1 at 4pm, bring the county's lab-confirmed positive Covid-19 tests total to 50,905, according to Public Health England.

The local breakdown for the past 24 hours as follows:

Reading - 33 cases, 10,050 total

West Berkshire - 17 cases, 5,690 total

Bracknell - 21 cases, 6,518 total

Wokingham - 19 cases, 7,689 total

Slough - 43 cases, 13,774 total

Windsor and Maidenhead - 22 cases, 7,544 total

There have now been 3,959,784 people across the UK who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The total number of deaths - those with Covid-19 listed on their death certificate - across the UK has now reached 112,798.

The latest seven-day rate per 100,000 people locally are as follows:

Reading - 265.2

West Berkshire - 174.8

Bracknell - 229.3

Wokingham - 157.8

Slough - 348.4

Windsor and Maidenhead - 171

In today's national coronavirus news:

Boris Johnson said he is "very confident" in the coronavirus vaccines after concerns were raised that the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab may be less effective against the South African variant.

But the Prime Minister did not rule out the strain could delay the relaxation of lockdown restriction, instead insisting he has "no doubt that vaccines generally are going to offer a way out".

Experts warned on Monday it is "very possible" the strain is already quite widespread in the UK after a study of around 2,000 people suggested the Oxford jab only offers minimal protection against mild disease of the South Africa variant.

The study, due to the young age of participants, could not conclude whether the vaccine worked against severe disease.

Some 147 cases of the South African variant have so far been identified in the UK, with experts warning these are likely to be the "tip of the iceberg" due to the fact they are the result of random checks on 5% to 10% of all positive tests.

During a visit to a coronavirus test manufacturing facility in Derby, the Prime Minister told reporters: "We're very confident in all the vaccines that we're using.

"And I think it's important for people to bear in mind that all of them, we think, are effective in delivering a high degree of protection against serious illness and death, which is the most important thing."

Earlier Dr Mike Tildesley, a scientist advising the Government, warned that restrictions may be needed for longer if the South African variant does turn out to be prevalent in the UK.

Mr Johnson did not rule out that there could be a delay to easing restrictions if the Oxford/AstraZeneca has a reduced effect on preventing infections, and therefore on hindering the transmission of Covid-19.

But he said: "They remain of massive benefit to our country and to the population as we go through the pandemic and I've no doubt that vaccines generally are going to offer a way out.

"With every day that goes by, you can see that medicine is slowly getting the upper hand over the disease."

Mr Johnson insisted the nation will be "relying very much on border controls" to protect against new strains, but that they will be "most effective" when infection rates are brought down.

His comments came as Downing Street admitted that no formal contracts have been awarded to hotels for arrivals from "red list" countries to quarantine in - with the policy due to be introduced in England on February 15.

 100 
 on: February 08, 2021, 04:32:01 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASE IN THEFTS OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS ACROSS RBWM.  IF YOU CAN, PARK IN A WELL LIT PUBLIC AREA – COVERED BY YOUR VIDEO DOORBELL / CCTV !

NEXT: We have received a report of another possible Covid 19 vaccination scam call.  Can everyone be on alert for these please and warn everyone you know – we are obviously not reaching everyone that needs to know.  I put out the correct procedures being followed last week.  If – anywhere in the conversation – someone asks for bank details or a payment of any kind – replace the receiver – it is a scam call !

NEXT:  YET ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE !!!!

A woman has been the victim of a very common romance scam.  She met a man on a dating website and it now appears it may have been two men, purporting to be one man.  The ‘man’ posed as a doctor, working for the UN.

Over the course of several months, she believed they were getting in to a real and deep relationship.  During their conversations, he asked her for and she sent him, differing amounts of money – sometimes, hundreds of pounds at a time.
He claimed he needing it for various reasons including - airline tickets and also - that he had been taken hostage and needed to pay a ransom to gain his freedom.  The hostage story, is fairly common in these scams, as it means they can ask for much larger sums of money and play on the sympathy of the victim.

The aggrieved has calculated that she has sent him, many, many thousands of pounds, since their first contact.

The transactions have been done using Bitcoin as well as online gaming vouchers – as of course all transactions using these are both completely untraceable.

She is at last convinced that she has been the victim of a romance scam and made contact with the police.

We have clearly not reached all potential victims of these Romance Scams.  Please pass this onto everyone you know.  The victims are not always stupid to believe the stories they are being told.  The scammers are really good to ‘groom’ and suck people in.  Victims are both men and women, young and old.  The giveaway immediately – is a request for any form of financial assistance.  Particularly if the transactions use an untraceable form such as Bitcoin.  Even bank to bank transfers are not safe, as the scammers remove the money from the receiving bank immediately and pass it through dozens of accounts, almost always overseas, which are then untraceable.

PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – PLEASE – DO NOT LET IT BE YOU – OR ANYONE YOU KNOW !


CRIME

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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org


MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
6/2  Saturday 2.45 p.m.  Ellington Park.  A man was running around the estate, kicking over refuse bins and damaging cars.  Ref. No:  43210051244

RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
7/2  Sunday 1.30 p.m. / 6.30 p.m.  Radcot Close.  Security light on the rear of a property damaged.  Ref. No:  43210053056

MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
SR.windsor&maidenhead@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
6/2 – 7/2  Saturday 10 p.m. / Sunday 9 a.m.  Altwood Road.  Garage break – door forced.  3bikes and 2 ‘iTwit’ paddle boards stolen.  1. A red bike.  2.  A black Felt B12 TT trail bike.  3.  A white Cube, Fritzz mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210052946
7/2 – 8/2  Sunday / Monday St Chad’s Road.  Fence panels damaged by people jumping over them.  Ref. No:  43210054200

OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

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