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This message is dated Monday 17th September 2018 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 17/09/2018 14:44:00

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This message is dated Monday 17th September 2018 for Maidenhead.


Thames Valley Police has charged two men in connection with a conspiracy to burgle.


Lee Healy, aged 31, of Leonard Road, Lambeth, London, and Anthony O’ Connell, aged 26, of Thurnham Way, Tadworth, Surrey, were both arrested on Monday (10/9).


Both were charged with conspiracy to commit a burglary with intent to steal.

The charges are in connection with an incident shortly before 2.30am on Monday (10/9) in which an attempt was made to steal an ATM outside the Showcase Cinema in Reading Road, Winnersh, and an incident shortly after 3am on Monday (10/9) during which an ATM was stolen from inside a Londis shop in High Street, Sunninghill.


Healey was charged on Tuesday (11/9) and O’Connell was charged on Wednesday (12/9).


Both men were remanded to appear at Slough Magistrates’ Court. Healey appeared in court on Tuesday (11/9) and O’Connell appeared in court on Thursday (13/9). Both were remanded in custody by the court to appear at Reading Crown Court on 15 October.



National Knife Crime Awareness week runs from 18th - 24th September this year.


During that time, Thames Valley Police, along with other forces, will be taking part in a variety of activities designed to challenge and reduce, the threat of knife crime.  This includes:


* Work with our professional partners, including local schools, colleges and Trading Standards;

* Knife surrender bin, at Maidenhead Police Station

* Information and advice being posted on social media – follow us on Twitter @tvp-windsor

* Enforcement patrols


You can safely deposit any type of knife or bladed article, in our red surrender bin, between Tuesday 18 and Monday 24 September.  This is the ideal time to dispose of these items that you are not sure, what to do with.  If you have any such items, please bring them down to Maidenhead.


If you are worried about knife crime in your area or if you want to speak to anyone about a specific concern, then please do get in touch, please call 101 or alternatively please ring crime stoppers on 0800 555 111


As park of Knife Crime Week, we will be carrying out Knife Crime sweeps today in both Kidwells Park and Ockwells Park.


We have had an attempted theft of letters, from an external mailbox in Ascot.

15/9  Saturday 9.40 a.m.  Ravensdale House, Woodlands Ride.  Mail has been going missing over the last week from an external post box.  A witness reports seeing anon-white man, approach the box, reach in and try to remove post.  He was unsuccessful and walked off and drove off in a silver hatchback.  Please if you are expecting important letters from banks, make sure it has arrived on time.  Do not wait a week or so.  If something has not arrived in the expected time, please follow it up.  It is believed that if this man is stealing post from one location in Ascot, he may be doing the same elsewhere.



NEXT:  We have had another case of cold calling ‘gardeners’ trying to take an aggrieved to the bank !  Also in Ascot


29/8 - 11.40 a.m.  Bedford Lane.  A caring witness saw two men working in an elderly neighbour’s garden and went to investigate.  The neighbour was confused.  Two men had walked into the garden through an open garden gate and persuaded the elderly resident that she needed garden work done.  They said they would charge £110.  As the aggrieved did not have that amount of cash in the house, they were going to take her to the bank.  The neighbour intervened and sent them packing.  We are really grateful to that Neighbour.  Can anyone who knows they have elderly, or vulnerable neighbours, keep an eye on them ?  If you see a van / builders lorry, skip appearing outside their house, please let us know.  If the 101 number is slow, then use the online reporting form - the Link is below.  We will nor reveal that you have passed us an address.  We will arrange for a PCSO / RBWM Community warden to walk past and ask some questions - they will be discrete.  We all need to protect those who are vulnerable in our communities.


Honor Ryan, from Trading Standards will be visiting the Aggrieved tomorrow to follow this up to protect others.



NEXT:  Another sad case of the Nigerian Lottery scam from Cookham.


Three weeks ago, the aggrieved received a call from a Nigerian man, to say he had won £2,900,000 in a lottery.  In order to receive the money, he needed to pay several Admin fees.  The aggrieved received several calls over that time, re-enforcing this message.  They then obtained his email address from him and started to email him, as well.  Some of the communications, then came from Mexico.  He then received a bank card in the post and was asked to withdraw £100 from the bank, to show their good faith.  This he did, which convinced him, the Lottery and the men emailing, were genuine.


On 30th August, he received an email, congratulating him for activating the card, by withdrawing £100.  The email then asked him to forward £2,900, in order to secure the £2,900,000.


On the 14th September, he went to his Building Society, to transfer this amount.  The Building Society implemented the new protocol asking him why he wanted this money and where it was going.  As ther have been other suspicious transfers, the building Society have initiated a policy, that the Aggrieved had to go into the Building Society if he ever wanted to transfer cash, so that each significant transaction could be scrutinised and a flag was put on his account, to alert staff.


The manager phoned the police on Friday , to say that the aggrieved was with them, to make the transfer, but they believed it to be fraudulent and would not be making it.  they have explained the situation to him fully, safeguarded him and he now understands that it was a scam and to prevent further losses.


This aggrieved, is just one case that was prevented, how many more simply slip the net.


We are really grateful for the vigilance of the Building Society involved who were brilliant and prevented the money from being sent.


Please publicise this as widely as possible.  If you are a member of a Day Centre, lunch club, friendship group, WI, whatever - please make sure this is mentioned at your next meeting.



15/9 - 16/9  Saturday 10.15 p.m. / Sunday 10 a.m.  Car Park, West Street.  Parts stolen from a Quashkai.  Fittings in the front grill, parking sensors and built in camera stolen.

16/9  Sunday 7.10 p.m.  King Street.  Bike stolen.  The owner saw a man stealing and riding off on his bike.  A red, BMX bike.  The thief is described as white, 20’s, 5’7’’, wearing a grey hoody



14/9 - 17/9  Friday 6 p.m. / Monday 6.45 a.m.  Chauntry Road.  Attempted van break.  Driver’s front window smashed.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.




16/9 - 17/9  Sunday 2.45 a.m. / Monday 4 a.m.  Marlow Bridge Lane.  Canopy on boat unzipped, alcohol and fishing equipment stolen.



14/9 - 17/9Friday 4 p.m. / Saturday 7 a.m.  Canon Court Road.  Site entered.  Padlock on gates cut.  A yellow Thwaites mini dumper stolen.




15/9 - 16/9  Saturday 11 p.m. / Sunday 6 a.m.  Cannock Close.  CAR ENTERED BY UNNKOWN MEANS - sunglasses X 2, stolen.  Repeat victim X 4.  On previous occasions, windows have been smashed.

16/9  Sunday midnight / 9.50 a.m.  Curls Road.  Motorbike stolen from a passageway beside a house.  It has now been recovered from Cox Green.






I am afraid the PEC are slow to answer at the moment - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:





We have had Nottingham Knockers right across the Borough - the young unemployed lads and now girls, going door to door, selling household products.  When they call, can everyone please respond, using the same words:




Then firmly, but politely, close and lock the door.


Please do not feel sorry for them.  If they say they have just come out of prison and are making their way back into society, you will know instantly they do not have the required permit to sell door to door - A ‘Pedlars Certificate’.  The only items that can be sold door to door, without a Pedlars Certificate are books and food.


Pedlars Certificates are only issued to those of ‘Good Character’ and a police check is carried out before one is issued.  If someone has been to prison, they will never be issued a Certificate.  It looks like this and you should ask to see it, if that makes you more comfortable to reject them:



As they cannot obtain one of these, they usually produce a ‘Hawkers Identification’.  There is no such thing and they simply produce something, to fool you:



We do not recommend any conversation with the Knockers as they are trained to obtain information from you.


If they say they tried the house next door but there was no reply - you are NOT to respond to be helpful - ‘Oh no, they are away on holiday in the Caribbean for the next month’ !


We have been trained to be helpful and answer questions when asked.



The BT / Windows scam is still alive and well:


Hi Jeff,


Just received a call from India saying they work for BT claiming that my BT account had been compromised and that they need to send a new router etc.


They then ask if you can go onto your computer screen etc.. As soon as I heard that, I said the line was bad and that I would ring them back. No....they will ring me back !


In the meantime I contacted BT online. They confirmed it was a scam and said they would blacklist the call...the number was 02567151879. The scam rang back and I told them that the BT fraud department was dealing with it!


To block a number, after the call simply press 1572.  The number will never get through again !





Eyes and ears.....................and brain




‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.


‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.


‘For more information follow this link:


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

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