This message is dated Friday 26th November 2021 - Ascot
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FIRST: A POSSIBLE CASE OF A BOGUS BUILDER IN MAIDENHEAD:
The police received a call from a local bank. They had a customer trying to make a large unusual withdrawal from their account. They have gone through the ‘Banking Protocol’ and the customer has not been able to supply sufficient detail, for them to authorise the withdrawal.
The customer said it was to pay a firm of builders, carrying out work on their home, but they were unable to provide the name of the builders, nor any details about the work being carried out and confirmed there was no paperwork or contract. The customer appeared nervous and unsettled.
Eventually they provided a photo of a man on their roof. Apparently the man had called at the door, saying they could see that repairs were necessary on the roof and the customer had agreed.
This was not the first withdrawal they had made and the others had gone through, but they could not remember when, nor the amounts. The customer then became angry, that the bank would not allow them access to their money. The bank staff tried to explain it was to protect them from fraud.
The bank are still refusing the withdrawal and the customer is now uncooperative and unwilling to work with the police.
That of course is the customer’s decision. We have now visited several times and there is building work being carried out. The customer is not elderly nor vulnerable, and we have to abide by their decision.
This is a very common response. The victims frequently tell us the builders are so helpful and courteous and over a short time, they have built up a good relationship. If it wasn’t for the builder, they wold never have known the repairs needed to be done !!!
NEXT: THE RESULTS OF THE CURRENT ROUND OF POLICE PROPERTY ACT FUND SUCCESSFUL BIDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
All recovered property from crime, is sold and the proceeds put into the Police Property Community Fund. Twice a year community groups are asked to submit bids for that fund. The application process, is not that hard or complicated.
On the 22nd November, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, and the Chief Constable, John Campbell, have awarded voluntary and community organisations £107,670 in this year’s Community Fund.
The Community Fund provides biannual funding to voluntary and community groups that help to achieve the objectives of the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan. The money for the scheme comes from the sale of items seized and recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), and is jointly managed by the PCC and Chief Constable.
There were 117 applications to this year’s round of the Community Fund, with 30 organisations, successful in receiving funding of between £900 – £8,500 to support one of the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan priorities:
Strong Local Policing (preventing crime & protecting communities)
Fighting Fraud & Cybercrime (fighting modern crimes)
Improving the Criminal Justice System (reducing re-offending)
Tackling illegal encampments (reducing the impact of encampments)
Matthew said: “I’m delighted to award this funding to community and voluntary organisations, who provide valuable services across Thames Valley.
“A key part of my Police & Criminal Justice Plan is to enable organisations to collaborate and tackle issues facing our communities. These organisations are all working hard in support of my Police & Criminal Justice Plan priorities for the region.
“I am pleased to provide this funding through the Community Fund, which is money that has been recovered from criminals, to support a range of projects across the area.
“I look forward to meeting this year’s successful recipients at the presentation event in December.”
John Campbell, Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, said: “Both the Police and Crime Commissioner and I are pleased to announce over £100,000 has been awarded to 30 voluntary and community groups across the Thames Valley.
“This funding will help a number of projects across the Thames Valley which will contribute to the prevention of crime and protection of the vulnerable in line with the PCC’s priorities.”
Successful recipients have been invited to attend a presentation ceremony on the morning of Monday 13thDecember in Newbury.
For a full list of organisations who have been awarded funding is at the bottom of this message. Have a look at who submitted a successful bid ! Do you fit into a similar category ? The next round will be in the spring – think about it !
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 - www.crimestoppers-uk.org
NO CRIME TO REPORT
NO CRIME TO REPORT
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
22/11 – 24/11 Cromwell Road. Car parked halfway between Cromwell Road and Spring Gardens – ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS. Phone charger stolen and the glove compartment and door pockets searched. Ref. No: 4321053237
NO CRIME TO REPORT
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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 email@example.com and we will be delighted to assist.
These organisations were successful:
Abingdon DAMASCUS Youth Project £ 5,000
Abingdon Street Pastors £ 1,000
ACT Oxford (Aldates Community Transformation Initiatives) £ 5,000
Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse £ 1,000
Autism Berkshire (the working name of Berkshire Autistic Society) £ 5,000
Aylesbury Town Chaplaincy £ 5,000
Brimpton Village Hall £ 900 Children Heard and Seen £ 5,000
Citizens Advice East Berkshire £ 950
Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South & Vale £ 1,000
Clewer Non-Ecclesiastical Charity £ 500
MK SNAP £ 975
New Bradwell Youth Boxing Club £ 910
Pilgrim Hearts Trust £ 5,000
Reading Street Pastors £ 5,000
Realatable Rolemodels £ 5,000
Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse £ 5,000
Safer Barton Risinghurst and Sandhills £ 1,000
Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) Ltd £ 8,500
Smartville Iver Heath £ 5,000
Talkback-UK Ltd £ 5,000
Thames Valley Group of Advanced Motorists (TVGAM) £ 1,000
The Alfred Palmer Memorial Field £ 935
The Inside Out Trust £ 5,000
The Mustard Tree Foundation (Rahab Project) £ 5,000
Theale Parish Council £ 8,000
Upton Parish Council £ 5,000
Wantage and Grove Street Pastors £ 1,000
Windsor Street Angels £ 5,000
Wycombe Youth Action £ 5,000 £ 107,670