This message is dated Wednesday 16th September 2020 - Maidenhead
Alert message sent 16/09/2020 15:46:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST: CASE OF A POSSIBLE BOGUS BUILDER
A family member went to visit their grandparents and were surprised to see workmen on the roof. They asked the homeowners what had happened. They responded that the builders had cold called and said they needed to have repairs made to the roof. They had said OK and were taken to the bank to take out some cash for materials. The builders had now been asked for a large sum of cash, to complete the work. The visitor asked the men to stop work and called the police, who attended immediately and made the builders leave. The homeowners are vulnerable and were upset, because they said the builders had been so helpful and they would not have known the work needed to be done, if they hadn’t called. It appears no work needed to be done and fortunately, no more money had been handed over.
PLEASE, PLEASE, REMEMBER OUR NHW MOTTO:
I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door. Never deal with anyone who cold calls, saying you need to have building work done.
NEXT: YET ANOTHER SEXTORTION CASE:
The victim was contacted and chatting to what he believed to be a woman in an online chat room. The conversations became intimate and the victim sent her an ‘intimate’ video of himself. Immediately the victim was contacted by a man who demanded £500, or he would post the video across all the victim’s social media. He sent the money. He was contacted again and the threats were repeated, so he sent a further £500. Enquiries through the bank established the money went to an account in the Philippines. Since then, the victim has received further threats and demands, but refuses to send any more money.
Safeguarding advice has been provided to the victim and he has been advised to increase the security settings on his social media accounts, stop engaging with the person online and not to send any more money. He has also been given the details of ‘Victim's First’ and ‘Scam Survivors’, for support.
ONCE AGAIN - PLEASE DO NOT WRITE, SAY, DO OR VIDEO - ANYTHING ONLINE, OR IN CHAT ROOMS, THAT YOU WOULD NOT LIKE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, WORK COLLEAGUES - EMPLOYERS - TO SEE OR HEAR !!!
As you can see from the report above, this is a very unpleasant experience - DON’T LET IT BE YOU - OR - ANYONE YOU KNOW.
NEXT: We have been receiving a lot of enquires re the use of E-Scooters on the roads and in our town centres. This is the definitive advice re their use:
The use of privately owned electric scooters are only permitted on private land or where the land owner has given permission.
This is the result of a question from a NHW member - If E-Scooters have to be taxed insured etc. How do I do that for my son’s E-Scooter, to make sure he is within the law.
It’s important to remember that privately owned e-scooters riders are not required to have a driver’s license or provisional license because they cannot be used on a public road. You do not need to register an electric scooter and it is tax exempt because it cannot be used on public roads. Insurance is not required also because it cannot be used on a public road.
It is also an offence to ride an e-scooter on the pavement, footpath, cycle paths or any pedestrian area.
We will be issuing Section 59 (Police Reform Act 2002) warnings to any users of electric scooters when not on private land. If you are stopped again, after receiving a Section 59 warning, your electric scooter will be seized (Section 60 Police Reform Act 2002) and you will receive either a fine or be required to attend court.
SINCE THE ABOVE - THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE ARRIVED TODAY FROM POLICE HQ:
If you own an e-scooter, you cannot legally use this on the road. You can only ride this on private land. This could be a garden or a field, with the landowner's permission.
Private e-scooters cannot be used on public roads, redways or pavements as they need to be insured, taxed and registered with the DVLA -
just like cars. BUT, you can't register, tax or insure an e-scooter.
If you ride your own e-scooter on public land, you could get a £300 fine, 6 points on your driving licence and the scooter can be seized.
Even if you don't have a driving licence, points can be added once you have passed your test. New drivers can only receive 6 points on their licence in the first 2 years after passing so you could lose your driving licence.
If you are renting an e-scooter from an approved scheme, you can legally use this on the road.
In July, rental e-scooters were made legal on roads in England to allow for a 12-month trial while the government review the legislation.
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
16/9 Wednesday 2.20 a.m. The Crescent. Residents heard loud noises outside and looked out. They saw three youths running and jumping from car to car parked in the road causing a lot of damage. Another 2 or 3 youths were damaging wing mirrors. Once they realised they had been seen, the youths started to run away. The police were called and attended immediately and located one youth, still laying on the roof of one of the cars. He was arrested on suspicion of Criminal Damage. Ref. No: 43200290405 If anyone has any doorbell video / CCTV footage, please send it to the SR team at their email above, quoting the re. No.
13/9 Sunday 1 a.m. / 2 a.m. Forlease Road. CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS - Cash stolen. Ref. No: 43200287269
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
SR.email@example.com BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
13/9 / 14/9 Sunday / Monday. Allotments, Havelock Crescent. Produce being stolen from allotments. Ref. No: 43200290157
SR.firstname.lastname@example.org BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
OLDFIELD, BRAY & HOLYPORT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.
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NEWS UPDATE FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH June 2020
The Maidenhead Police Area NHW Association continues to flourish and is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the town and its surrounding areas. Many new schemes have been established over the past year and, thanks to a number of new active Coordinators and despite lockdown, Neighbourhood Watch in Maidenhead has continued to be active during these past months and a number of new schemes have been started and others expanded. Areas which may not have been fully covered in the past but now are, or are much improved, include:- Calders Close, Grosvenor Drive, Ray Park Avenue, Somerford Close, Brampton Ct, In the Ray, Leighton Gardens, Camperdown, Addison Ct, Ray Mill Road East, The Pagoda, Grant Lane, Clappers Meadow, Boulters Ct, Boulters Lane, Boulters Gardens, Lower Cookham Road (A4094) (Between boulters lock and boulters carpark), Boulters Island, Horton Close, Waltham St Lawrence Parish, The Paddock, St Margaret’s Road, Lees Close, Auckland Close, Juniper Drive and others.
Residents within these scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode.
If you have any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Maidenhead Multi-Scheme Administrator, John Diack at email@example.com.