This message is dated Friday 5th August 2022 - Windsor

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The victim invested £200 in Bitcoin.  He was then contacted by an investment company who he signed up with.  They told him over time that his initial small investment was worth a huge amount and he should immediately invest more money.  He then sent them £20,000.

Then, when he heard that his trading account had doubled and was now worth £41,532, he asked them to sell everything, close his account and send the money to him.  Then - the company started to tell him that his investment value had gone down and it was now only worth £19.18 !

They then suggested a lawsuit, to try and regain the investment.  He therefore needs to send them more money to fund the litigation.  He tried to do that, but his bank thought this was a scam and suspended his account.

He went into the bank to have the account re-opened, so that he could send the company the money they had requested.  The bank instigated the Banking protocol and after going through it with him, refused and the police were called.

The victim is absolutely convinced the investment company is genuine, as initially, his investment doubled  and the litigation was absolutely necessary to get his money back !  Neither the bank, nor the police, were able to convince him, this was a scam !

Please be on your guard ?  This is the second example of a Bitcoin / investment company scam we have had in 2 weeks.  If these two have bubbled to the surface – thanks to very efficient banks protecting their customers – there will be more out there.  Usually, they ask for initial transfers to be below £5,000, so that banks are not alerted.  Once you have a transactional history with a company, further transactions are less likely to be considered suspicious.  So, they start with a lot of small transactions, then they increase, little by little, so that the Banking Protocol is not triggered.  The initial trigger is not made by a person, but a computer algorithm, watching everyone’s accounts, for unusual withdrawals / expenditure.  Scammers try and make the transfers of funds, look like normal expenditure.

PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER – THESE SCAMMERS ARE REALLY GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO.  In neither case so far, could we convince the victim, that it was a scam !

NEXT:  A request from PCSO Melita Diprose, from the Windsor Central Windsor geographic Team, who is dealing with the issue of groups of youths firing catapults at the swans on the Thames in Eton.

She has been out today and placed ‘Police Operation in Progress’ signs in the areas frequented by the youths.

We have an issue, identifying exactly where these offences are taking place.  Often it is recorded as ‘The Brocas’, but in fact, they occur a long way from the Brocas, at the very end of Meadow Lane.  What we would like everyone to do, is download ‘what3words’ – it’s FREE.  It is an App you can download onto your phone, or computer.  It looks like google maps and functions in the same way – apart from – wherever you place your cursor, it comes up with an exact location with a code of 3 random words, to identify it – exactly - to within a couple of feet.  If you move the cursor even a couple of millimetres, 3 new words come up, so it is very accurate.

SO – if you see a crime / suspicious activity / drug dealing occurring.  Pull up what3words – and send us those three words !  If we type those words into the search box, the exact location pops up.  We can then direct our resources really accurately, rather than sending them out to look around, to see where whatever it was, might have taken place.

Melita put the signs at - ///slides.become.intelligible and ///evenly.slang.inform

If you download the app and put these three words in the search box, you will see how it works.

Just think about how you would describe where these offenders stand to attack the swans, without what3words ???

It is a brilliant resource, which will help us enormously.


Two men charged with a burglary in Ascot
Tom Giles-Wyatt and Lee Wickenden have each been charged with one count of burglary, following a break-in on New Road on Monday afternoon
The pair are due to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court Thursday 4th August 2022

AND:  Timo Marecha, aged 23, of Wexham Road, Slough was sentenced for drug supply offences in Windsor.

It follows an incident in Windsor in September 2020. He was found with wraps of crack cocaine and cash.

AND:  Michael Plausin, aged 30, of St Andrews Close, Old Windsor, has been sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months, for drug and driving offences in Maidenhead.

AND:  Four men have been charged with handling stolen goods.
It is connection with the discovery of car parts and cars at a garage in Wraysbury.
The four men will appear at Reading Crown in August.

NEXT:  ARRESTED: A man has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession and 'drug drive' offences.

29th July, An officer from our TVP Neighbourhood Problem Solving Team and assisting Police Specials, spotted a vehicle travelling at speed on Wolf lane, Windsor and decided it would be worth a ‘stop’. Following a ‘stop-and-search’. A quantity of suspected class A drugs (cocaine) was found in the vehicle and some in his pocket.

The driver failed a roadside drug ‘wipe’ (which was positive for cocaine) and was arrested on suspicion of the following offences:
  • Possession of a controlled drug of Class A, contrary to s.5(2) of and Schedule 4, to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
  • Driving a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug above the specified limit, contrary to s.5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • Driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place when unfit through drink or drugs, contrary to s.4(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
His vehicle was also found to be damaged.
Drugs and driving do not mix - and if found to be over the limit and convicted, this will result in disqualification.

NEXT:  It’s been another busy week for the officers on the Thames Valley Police Rural Crime Taskforce
  • 3x arrests on suspicion of a rural business burglary
  • Stolen tools from the burglary recovered during a house search
  • 2x cars seized as the drivers didn’t hold the required licences and had no insurance
  • Multiple rural incidents attended and investigated
  • Quantity of cannabis seized during a house search
  • 1x offensive weapon seized during the stop and search of a vehicle
  • More cannabis seized during another vehicle stop
  • 1x car seized after it failed to stop for officers on the team
  • 1x male arrested in a rural village for providing a positive specimen of breath at the roadside! He was later charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit of alcohol!
  • 2x persons wanted for failing to appear at court were arrested and detained for court; one to answer an allegation of assaulting 3x emergency workers and the other relating to a drug drive case️
A new officer to the team attended training to gain new skills for identifying stolen plant & machinery


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 -

4/8  Thursday 5.20 p.m.  Kings Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS – Car searched – loose change stolen.  Ref. No:  43220346932
4/8 Thursday 12 noon / 5.50 p.m.  Home park, Romney Lock Road.  Car window smashed and suitcase and contents stolen.  Ref. No:  43220346995



New Windsor Community Association, Hanover Way, Windsor, Berks SL4 5NW.  No booking necessary – just turn up, it’s FREE.  The event will be attended by all our partner agencies and members of the public – we really need as many under 30s please, to discuss how ‘young people’ can make a difference in their community and what they want to see in Windsor Town Centre’. There will be a separate exercise via tiktok and we will talk to them about this on the day – it will be fun!  There will be free pizzas and a raffle – the raffle prize is also great fun.  Please spread the word.



3/8  Wednesday evening.  Penn Road Datchet.  Report of three youths with catapults shooting at birds.  If anyone saw this, can they please let us know where, using ‘what3words’ so that we can pinpoint the exact location.  That may help us identify the offenders ???  Ref. No:  43220346370


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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Why not start a new scheme in your street - A scheme is a group of members, usually in the same road or area, which has a coordinator to manage the scheme.

In the last week, we have had inquiries from various residents and we are delighted to announce that three new schemes are being set up.

There are many benefits to starting a scheme - awareness of types of crimes that affect our communities such as vehicle crime and advice on scams, access to CCTV,  for instance.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about crime awareness though. It's about supporting communities and tackling issues within them like, loneliness and vulnerability.

Being aware of these issues will enable you to be proactive in your community to help those in our communities that need support.

Please contact us on and we will be delighted to assist.
Valerie Pike, Chairman of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association. 

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