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This message is dated Wednesday 6th April 2022 - Windsor

Alert message sent 06/04/2022 13:53:00

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The Thames Valley Police Strategic Plan for 2022/23 was announced on 1st April.
Here you can read about the seven priority areas that we will focus on over the coming year. The four areas of operational activity are where we need our best effort for the public, and the three organisational areas are where we need to focus internally to give us the best chance of success:

Operational Priority Outcomes:
  • Reduce crime and incidents
  • Bring more offenders to justice
  • Protect the vulnerable & tackle violence against women and girls
  • Improve victim service & public confidence
Organisational Priority Outcomes:
  • Value our workforce
  • Use our resources wisely
  • Maximise the benefits of digital developments
To read a summary of the Strategic Plan:

NEXT:  An update to the standard Courier Fraud script:

Hi Jeff,
As a regular reader of your Thames Alert emails, the following may interest other readers.

This morning we received a Withheld telephone call purportedly from ‘Slough Police Station’, saying that a person with the name Bailey was under arrest and had compromised our Visa Debit card.  We should ring the Police emergency number to speak to somebody about it and get the Metropolitan to follow up.

He gave his details as DCI Tom Gibson EK194772 and we should ring 116 straightaway, he stressed ‘straightaway’, and I would be put through on a secure line.

Knowing the ‘ring straightaway’ and the line being held open trick, I terminated the call.

Five things were suspicious:

1.  Why did Slough Police station ring and not the Met Police ?
2. Why did “Tom Gibson” not deal with the matter directly ?
3. The insistence that I ring straight away !!
4. I had never heard of 116 !
5. Today is April Fools Day !!!

Many thanks for the regular emails which are a constant reminder to be alert.


I have done an internal check – we do not have a ‘Tom Gibson’ in TVP !

NEXT:  The local Health authority is looking for potential Governors:

Hi Jeffrey

I hope that you may be able to help us to encourage local people to put themselves for forward for election to Berkshire Healthcare’s Council of Governors.

Further information can also be found on the Berkshire Healthcare website (first link below). Anyone wishing to nominate themselves can click on the second link below.

We currently have vacant governor places in the following local authority areas:

Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (3 governors)

If anyone has any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Company Secretary

Tel  01344 838256
3rd Floor, Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell RG12 1BQ

Executive Assistant
Email: Linda Jacobs at:

NEXT:  Events and projects planned to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A range of events and projects are being planned by the Royal Borough to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

Her Majesty became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee on 6 February, marking 70 years of service to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, there will be Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking place throughout the year, building to celebrations over the extended Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.
Upcoming events include:
  • A 21 Gun Salute on the Long Walk, Windsor (Thursday 21 April) – Led by the Mayor, Councillor John Story, the event is planned to mark Her Majesty’s 96th birthday. A number of children attending the event will be invited to fire a cannon
  • The Mayor’s Platinum Jubilee Children’s Party at Windsor Guildhall (Monday 23 May) – Two children, aged between five and 11 from all schools in the borough will be invited to attend the party
  • Town Criers competition at Salisbury Tower, Windsor (Saturday 20 August) - Around 20 official Town Criers will parade in their ceremonial liveries before competing in a day-long competition.
Free school holiday activity and food programme returns for children eligible for free school meals

A successful free holiday activities and food programme helping children eligible for free school meals is returning to the Royal Borough this Easter.
Our programme is called Feed Ur Everyday Lives (FUEL) and aims to provide additional support to vulnerable children.

It is delivered by Achieving for Children (AFC), our children’s services partner, with funding from the Department for Education. It is for children aged five to 16 years old who are eligible for free school meals.

The programme will offer a range of activities across the Easter holidays, as well as during the summer break and Christmas holidays this year – the same as last year’s programme.

Activities include sports sessions and the opportunity to learn outdoor skills including forest den building, fire lighting and campfire cooking. There will also be performing arts, arts and crafts, indoor games, food education, an escape room activity, and sensory activities for children with special education needs.

To view the Easter programme and book, visit the AFC website.:

NEXT:  Thames Valley Organisations Supporting Police Priorities Awarded Over One Hundred Thousand Pounds

Chief Constable, John Campbell, and Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, have awarded voluntary and community organisations £100,106 in the first round of this year’s Community Fund.

The Community Fund, (previously called the Police Property Act Fund), is created from the proceeds of sale of goods recovered by the police that cannot be returned to their original owner. In accordance with the Police Property Act Regulations (1997), all awards from the fund must be for charitable purposes.

To see which organisations were successful go to:

Seeing who was successful, may encourage you to apply in the next round in September !


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 -

4/4  Monday 2.10 p.m.  Albany Road.  Offensive graffiti sprayed on the property.  Repeat victim. Ref. No:  43220144989
5/4  Tuesday 1.50 p.m.  William Street Car Park.  The owner parked their motorbike and went to work.  They returned to find it had been vandalised and smashed against a wall.  All the electrics have been broken, seat smashed off and it is now driveable.  Ref. No:  43220145823
5/4  Tuesday 9 p.m.  Library Car Park.  Motorbike stolen.  Later recovered damaged in a hedge near the Great Park.  Ref. No:  43220147421

4/4 – 5/5  Monday 6 p.m. / Tuesday 7 a.m.  Common Road, Eton Wick. Van break – window smashed, handbrake cable cut, van moved slightly, rear brake lights pulled off and indicator bulbs taken out and put on the floor.  The offenders then forced open a container, by smashing the lock and taken 2 Makita drills.  Ref. No:  43220145965
5/4  Tuesday 11.05 p.m.  Common Road, Eton Wick.  Report of a Suspicious Incident.  A neighbour reports their dog barking and torchlight seen in neighbour’s yard.  Ref. No:  43220147469  Possibly related to the above incident.  This is why it is really important for people to report anything suspicious.  The owner of the yard, has nearly a 24 hour window for the crime to have occurred.  The neighbour’s report, ties it exactly to 11.05 p.m.  That helps us with the investigation enormously.  Think about a jigsaw – you have a part of the puzzle, and have no idea where it fits as you do not have the picture on the box.

Community thanked as Defra lifts 3km bird flu zone around Eton
Defra has now lifted the temporary 3km captive bird monitoring controlled zone that it established in January 2022 around the River Thames at Eton in response to bird flu cases identified there in several swans. This indicates that, following successful checks and monitoring of both captive and wild birds in that radius, Defra is confident the disease is under effective control locally.

The Royal Borough would like to thank all bird keepers who completed our surveillance survey, providing valuable information about your birds, and worked with the council’s Trading Standards and Defra vets to help minimise the spread and protect local wildfowl, poultry farms and your own birds. 

Please remember that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

remains in place across the UK, which includes a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK, regardless of flock size, to continue to keep your birds indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of the disease.

We’re also pleased to be able to lift, with immediate effect, the precautionary dogs-on-leads requirement that was in place along the riverbanks at Windsor and Eton, and to end our request not to feed the swans there.

25/3 – 4/4  Butlers Close.  Attempt to force open rear doors of van.  No entry gained and nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43220145108
4/4  Monday 9 a.m. / 5 p.m.  Charlton Walk X 2  1.  Bike stolen from outside a house.  A black bike.  Ref. No:  43220146429  2.  Locked up bike stolen from outside a house.  A Black Carrera XL bike.  Ref. No:  43220146607

1/4 – 5/4  Bolton Road / Bolton Avenue.  Black, Range Rover Vogue index WY ** FEY stolen from the road.  Ref. No:  43220147064

3/4 – 4/4  Sunday 8 p.m. / Monday 6 p.m.  Ferry Lane.  A van load of Amazon boxes all from different addresses, have been opened, the contents removed.   And the empty boxes, dumped in a front garden.  Ref. No:  43220145757


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A new year, a new logo, a new beginning

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. 

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

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