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This message is dated Wednesday 27th October 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 27/10/2021 14:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

FIRST: A local company has been targeted with Ransom Ware:

The company has faced a ransomware attack at around 05:30 a.m. on the 25.10.21. The accounts department were unable to access their hard drives at around 8am or 9am on the 25.10.21. An internal IT specialist tried to remotely access a server on site, but access could not be gained.

When looking into the matter further it was noticed that there were files that had become encrypted on the server. Remote access was made to several different servers and files were also encrypted on these servers too.
A ransom text arrived displaying each directory folder across all the servers linked to the company.

The scammer stated that their network had been attacked and all computers and servers linked were locked.

The suspect went on to say, a decryption tool was required to restore the network. The scammer stated data had also been downloaded from the network and it would be published on a news site, if the ransom was not paid.

The scammer gave them a link in order to discuss restoring the data. The company accessed the link which advised them to join a web chat, in order to discuss the ransom further.

The company has not made further contact, but has received an emails from the scammer confirming 60gb of company data had been stolen.

The scammer said that security had been bypassed and they must make contact as soon as possible. They have not.

The company can still operate as many of their files stored in the cloud which has not been compromised.

The hosting environment is completely separate and has not been affected.  But some cannot be accessed, which has caused disruption

The whole system has been turned off and back on and all passwords changed.  They are now working with our IT Fraud Crime support team.

Can all companies please make sure their security is up scratch – to prevent it happening to them.  Ransom Ware is a real and current problem and companies need to protect themselves from it.


The potential victim is an elderly vulnerable widow who is hard of hearing and lives alone.  It now appears she has been receiving multiple calls from someone purporting to be a police officer who needed to confirm has bank and debit card details.  As her hearing and memory are not good, she cannot remember many of the details, but was aware enough to refuse to give the caller any personal information !


Have your say on draft Flood Risk Management Plans

The Environment Agency is holding a public consultation on draft Flood Risk Management Plans across a number of areas, including the Thames.

These are strategic plans that set out how to manage flood risk in nationally identified areas for the period 2021-2027.

The Agency has worked with lead local flood authorities, including the Royal Borough, to produce the draft plans and now wants to hear your views.

The consultation runs until 21 January 2022. For more information, and to respond, please visit the Environment Agency's consultation page.

All the Halloween fun, less waste

It can be scary how much waste a Halloween party can produce! You can still have lots of fun without producing as much waste.

Dressing up
A scary costume is part of the fun, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Get together with friends and “swish” costumes – have a swapping party, so that costumes get reused. Or why not get creative and make your own? You don’t have to be skilled at sewing – cut up old clothes and team with face paint for a zombie or make a ghost costume out of an old sheet. It can be cut up for dusters and cleaning cloths afterwards.

Treats don’t have to be tricky
If you are taking part in trick or treating, and want to keep waste low, avoid individually wrapped items in plastic. Instead, buy loose sweets from a market or zero waste shop, or a large bag online, and wrap portions in twists of bright paper or pretty paper bags. Or why not offer alternative treats? You could try little boxes of raisins or small fruits like apples or satsumas – draw a scary face on a satsuma to match your pumpkins. Or offer something that can be kept and used, like pencils or crayons.

Eat your pumpkin
Millions of pumpkins bought for Halloween are expected to go uneaten this year. With food waste being one of the biggest contributors to climate change, eating your pumpkin is a really simple way of reducing Halloween waste. Hubbub and Love Food Hate Waste have lots of recipes to use up your pumpkin instead of just throwing it away (and if you do throw it away, put it in your food caddy).

Royal Borough community spotlight

Here are just some of the upcoming community events in the Royal Borough.

Maidenhead Music Concert, (7.30pm Thursday 18 November) – Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. Favourite Beethoven and Chopin piano solos given by renowned pianist Piers Lane. To learn more and book your tickets, visit the Maidenhead Music Society website.

Windsor & Maidenhead Orchestral concert (20 November) – Braywick Leisure Centre. An evening of classical music featuring the talents of the Royal Free Singers, Maidenhead Choral Society and Dedworth Middle School Children’s Choir. To learn more and book your tickets, visit their website

ADS Santa Fun Run (10.30am 28 November) – Eton College, Dorney Lake. Put on your free Santa suit (included in your registration pack) and join hundreds of other Santa’s running a 5k course to raise money for the LOCAL People with Dementia, their Carers & Families in Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Slough, Langley & all points between. Learn more on the Eventbrite page.

Grand Autumn Bazaar, (10am - 12 noon, Saturday 30 October) - St Mark's Crescent Methodist Church, Maidenhead. A free family-friendly event with a range of stalls including Christmas novelties, greetings cards and jewellery. Proceeds to church funds. Learn more on the St Mark's website.

Treasure Island pantomime, (Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 December) – Holyport War Memorial Hall. Have a swashbuckling adventure this Christmas cheering the goodies and shouting down the baddies as we cross the sea to find the treasure. Learn more on the Little Box Office website.

St Marks Badminton Club – St Pirans School, Maidenhead. We play social (but competitive) badminton on Wednesday evenings (8-10pm). We are a friendly club with players of all ages (18+) and mixed abilities around 'intermediate' level. For further details please email Ian Parker at or call 07940 691104.

If you have an upcoming not-for-profit community event or activity you’d like to promote in our Residents’ Newsletter, simply send basic information about your event to and it could be shared with over 19,000 local residents.

You just need to include a brief description, when and where it takes place, and a link to a website/social media page/contact where people can find out more.

NEXT: from Alison at Windsor & Eton Facelift:

Windsor and Eton Facelift 2022 – help needed

In the summer 0f 2022, Windsor and Eton will be celebrating two important anniversaries  – Her Majesty’s seventy years on the throne (her Platinum Jubilee) and the 100th anniversary of the granting of Windsor’s Royal Charter.

So that the town centres are looking their best for the Jubilee, The Windsor and Eton Society, in partnership with The Royal Borough, has launched the Windsor & Eton Facelift 2022 project.  The Facelift will focus on refreshing public spaces around the town centres, encouraging building owners to spruce up their premises, and facilitating decoration of both towns with flower displays in the Jubilee colours of purple and white.

The main Jubilee celebrations will take place in London, but Windsor and Eton will also be a focus with plans for a series of events starting with a horse pageant in conjunction with the Windsor Horse Show in May and including a grand picnic on the Long Walk and lighting the ceremonial Beacon, which are scheduled to take place during the Jubilee weekend at the beginning of June. For more details see the Windsor Jubilee website:

Individuals, businesses and the Borough itself, have been badly affected by the pandemic and are critically short of funds.  The Facelift will therefore, rely on the wider community to help with both sponsorship and voluntary labour. 

A first working party is being held at the Heritage Garden in Church Street at 10 am on Saturday 6th November , to clear overgrown vegetation and plant bulbs.  If you can help - with this working party or later efforts to “clean, paint and plant”, or perhaps by sponsoring a floral display or garden planter, a bench or an information board, then please send your details to:

A member of our team will be in touch.  A £30 donation for example would buy a good-sized shrub, and £80 would sponsor a flower basket for the whole of the summer, including watering !

Please get involved in this sparkling Jubilee effort and make our unique historic towns places to be proud of as we celebrate these significant milestones. By giving visitors and residents alike a splendid visual experience, you will also be helping our valuable businesses recover from the recent deeply difficult times. We very much hope you will join us!

The Facelift 2022 Team


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.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -


27/10  Wednesday 9.40 a.m.  High Street, Eton.  Locked up bike stolen.  A white Butler mountain bike.  Ref. No:  43210484496

24/10 – 26/10  Sunday 2 p.m. / Tuesday 12 noon.  Nelson Road.  Shed break.  The shed door was forced and found open and a lawn mower put outside and a bike stolen.  A black Trek man’s bike.  Ref. No:  43210483345
25/10  Monday 5 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.  Dedworth Road.  Bike stolen from behind the takeaway, while the owner was at work.  A black and lime green bike.  Ref. No:  43210482009


26/10  Tuesday 8 p.m.  The Embankment, Wraysbury.  Burglary.  The police received a report from the Burglar Alarm, monitoring company that 2 men were inside the property.  The offenders had forced rear patio doors and carried out an untidy search of the whole house.  The police attended immediately with the dog team and carried out an area search, but no-one was located.  It is really turned upside down, so at the moment the following items are known to be stolen.  Gucci shoes, Gucci Suit, Christian Dior Ball Point Pen, Raymond Weil Watch, solid Gold Bangles, solid gold earrings, Cartier Silver Watch, Yves Saint Laurent Black leather handbag, Jimmy Choo gold clutch bag, Porsche car keys, but not the car.  Ref. No;  43210483883 
26/10  Tuesday 2.30 p.m.  Library, Horton Road.  Staff found damage to the exterior of the fire door.  Ref. No:  43210483266


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Eyes, ears.....and Brain



Hi, I am Valerie Pike, Chair of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. The Association was formed in September 2019 and our objective was simply to help residents. In setting up the Association, we asked
How can each of us
·       help to make our community safer?
·       improve its spirit and neighbourliness?
·       help the Police to reduce local crime?
·       make our own home security better?
Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your street is easy, and it’s free. Police statistics show that a Neighbourhood Watch scheme significantly reduces the probability of your house being burgled.
Neighbourhood Watch is about neighbourliness and making our communities and homes safer. It’s about being friendly and caring, and watching out for the elderly and vulnerable too.

Members of Neighbourhood Watch are assisted in a number of ways, including  having  free  home  security  surveys  conducted  by  a  local PCSO, to identify any areas in which security can be improved, and to advise  on  optimum  ways  to  safeguard  against  crime  and  improve personal and household security
But most of all Neighbourhood Watch is about helping the Police to keep us safe. They need the support of people who care. If that’s you - join us now!
Please contact us on and we will be delighted to assist.

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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