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This message is dated Wednesday 11th April 2018 - Windsor

Alert message sent 11/04/2018 15:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

This message is dated Wednesday 11th April 2018 for Windsor.

I have reports of Nottingham Knockers, right across the area.  We haven’t seen them for some time.  Can everyone please remember:

You must not buy anything from them !


Use these words, which everyone across the entire Thames Valley uses and it sends a message that you are not an easy target:




Nothing more - then politely but firmly, close the door.


Do not enter into conversation with them - They could say:


‘I tried the house next door, but there was no rely’


You respond to be helpful:

‘No, they are on a six week holiday in the Caribbean / on a cruise, they won’t be back for weeks’ !!!!


All salesmen who go door to door selling anything, must have a ‘Pedlar’s Certificate’ unless they are selling books or food.


Pedlar’s Certificates, are issued by police forces anywhere and are valid across the country.  It is a small 6 inch square, white form.  They are only issued to people, ‘of good character’.  If the person at your door, happens to mention that they have been to prison and are now working their way back into society - you know instantly - they do not have a Pedlar’s Certificate.


What they will show you, is usually a large yellow ‘Hawker’s Licence’.  There is no such thing, they are simply produced on a computer and printed out.


This is a scam, to locate elderly / vulnerable residents, who are easily parted from their hard earned cash !  The addresses are noted and sold on to scammers.  Honor Ryan from Trading Standards, along with Lorraine Rellis and Clive Dent, both RBWM Community Wardens, visit elderly victims of frauds, or anyone who may have been scammed, to make sure they receive all the reassurance, help and assistance, they need.


NEXT: We have had lead stolen from the roof of a school in Ascot !  We haven’t had this type of metal theft, for a long time - but it may be starting again.  If you are part of a public / Community building, with visible lead on the roof, please take extra precautions at this time.  If you live in a road with a public / community building in it, - can you keep an eye out - particularly at weekends for suspicious vans pulling up, or men in yellow jackets, working on the roof !





9/4 Monday 3 p.m. / 5.30 p.m.  Car Park, Riverside Station.  Car driver’s window smashed - 2 backpacks stolen.  A suitcase in the boot, was also searched. 







10/4  Tuesday 3.40 p.m.  Luff Close.  Burglary in progress.  A witness returned to the house and saw a large muddy footprint on the front door.  They immediately became suspicious, because they had heard this was a current burglary MO.   They went straight top a neighbour’s house for help and advice.  On the way, they looked over the garden fence and saw that a rear window had been smashed and left open.  They and the neighbour went back to the house to make sure there was no-one inside the house.  They went in the front door and shouted hello !  A man shouted hello back.  A man immediately ran past them.  He is described as white, tanned, wearing a navy blue tracksuit with the hood covering his face.  He made off towards Poolman’s Road.  Nothing appears to have been stolen as he was disturbed.  Were you in the area at this time ?  Did you see anything suspicious - someone walking away quickly, rushing to get into a car which was out of place parked up nearby ?  Remember the Jigsaw - you may have pice of the puzzle, but don’t know that it is relevant.

9/4 - 10/4  Monday 5 p.m. / Tuesday 8.45 a.m.  VAN ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - Tools stolen.  If anyone you know has a van - remind them to get a battery operated shed alarm, with a heat / movement PIR sensor , which sounds at 110dbls for about £7 - fob operated and place it in the back of the van !!!







10/4  Tuesday 11 10 p.m.  Staines Road, Wraysbury.  Van rear windscreen smashed - criminal damage.

9/4  Monday 10 p.m. - 10.15 p.m.  Old Mill Place, Wraysbury.  The owner let their dog out into their front garden, to go to the toilet and walked along the road for 5 minutes while she did it.  He looked back to see a van pull up outside his house, a man get out, grab his dog, get back in the car and drive off at speed !  The car was a black VW Golf.  The man is described of Eastern European appearance, dark hair, wearing a dark jacket.  He was the passenger in the car.  He was shouting at the driver in possibly polish to drive away.  The dog is a Bishon Poo, a Frise cross with a Poodle, with a distinctive black spot on his left hand side.  She is microchipped.

10/4  Monday 6 p.m. / midnight.  Stanwell Road, Horton.  The owner let their dog out to go the toilet into their front garden.  When they went to let him back in he had vanished and the owner believes he has been stolen as the front garden is well fences to stop him getting out.  This dog is a black and white 4 year old Pug.  Two dogs in one night is very suspicious - if you have a valuable or precious dog, can you be extra cautious at this time and report anyone driving up and down your road, or walking about possibly looking for dogs, on the 101 number.

9/4  Monday 9.10 a.m.  Gloucester Drive, Wraysbury.  Rear axle of a MGB GT stolen from the driveway.  The car is being restored and had been dismantles.  Once again - did anyone see anything ?  A car / flatbed lorry, driving up and down the road slowly, looking up driveways ???






Eyes, ears.....and Brain




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Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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