This message is dated Wednesday 29th June 2022 - Ascot
Alert message sent 29/06/2022 13:50:00
Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
FIRST A REMINDER OF A VERY SUBTLE SCAM AFFECTING SMALL BUSINESSES / CHURCHES AND NOW PARISH COUNCILS !
One of our Parish councils has made contact with me to say that their accounts department received an invoice for payment. It looked absolutely genuine and was passed over for payment. Someone then became suspicious and asked who had authorised the expenditure. No-one could remember authorising it, so the Clerk started to investigate. It then came out that it was a totally bogus invoice – it was a scam.
We do have a lot of these cases. Scammers just send random invoices, for services / items that look ok, to random companies / organisations. In most cases, these are just paid without question. Often, the fraud is never detected, as the expenditure is never questioned.
This is just a warning to be alert to this issue, check invoices, with whoever ordered the item / service. This time it was caught, but we have no idea how many get though and are never identified.
NEXT: REPORTS OF NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS IN THE AREA.
Please be on your guard and do not purchase anything from them.
NEXT: AN EVENT BEING HOSTED BY OPAF – THE OLDER PERSONS ADVISORY FORUM:
Tuesday 5th July 7.30 p.m. / 11 p.m. Stripes Bar, York Road, Maidenhead. A FOOTBALL & WAR SEMINAR – Free to all
The Network – supported by the University of Wolverhampton - is made up of historians of war with an interest in football and football club historians. It aims to bring together historians from the academic and football worlds so that for the first time all the academic, practitioner and fan research centred around football, war and history can link up. The Network research, discuss and disseminate subjects such as: football and the two world wars; footballers involved in armed conflict; football clubs and their relationship with the armed forces; the social impact of football on the populace during times of war; the military and political implications of the role of footballers and football clubs during times of armed conflict.
For more details – see the bottom of this message.
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
27/6 Monday 3.20 p.m. Supermarket / Station Car Park. Report of a man walking through the car park looking into the parked cars. Ref. No: 43220282018
1/6 – 28/6 Pineacre, Charters Road. Burglary. Not details at this time. Ref. No@ 43220284258
27/6 Monday 4.50 p.m. Niven Court, Sunninghill Road. The aggrieved was working from home on the second floor, in a zoom meeting, when suddenly a young man appeared in the doorway. When challenged he said he was making a deliver for the British Heart Foundation. They chased him downstairs and out of the front door, which was wide open. He got into a van with another man inside and drove off. The door had definitely been locked and the aggrieved does not know how he got in. Nothing was taken, but the aggrieved is really shaken. Ref. No: 43220282572
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
28/6 Tuesday 3.30 a.m. Monks Drive. Grey Mercedes GLS index FE ** APY, stolen from the drive. Can everyone in the area check their CCTV / video doorbell, for footage before and after the above time, of any car driving around suspicious, or leaving in convoy with the Merc. I don’t yet have a police reference number, as the theft has not yet been reported to us.
29/6 Wednesday 3.30 a.m. / 6 a.m. Kennel Ride. Vamoose Burglary (burglary for car keys). The aggrieved was awoken at 3.30 a.m. by their dog barking. Later they discovered the silver Ford ranger index BK ** LBX, stolen from the drive. The thieves had tried to steal the car using a Relay device, but it didn’t work, so they removed the lock from the rear door, found sets of keys in the hallway which they took, including the key fob for the car on the drive. Ref. No: 43220284708
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be delighted to assist.
Valerie Pike, Chairman of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association.
Maidenhead United will be hosting a ‘Football & War Network’
A national Network, Tuesday’s seminar at York Road will have a local flavour with Magpies Director Steve Jinman a keynote speaker at the event. Jinman has been delving into the archives and will be delivering a fascinating talk on the subject of ‘World War I and Maidenhead Football’. Jinman said: “Using the Advertiser online archive as my principal source, I have unearthed some fascinating stories about football at York Road and the wider Maidenhead area during the Great War. This includes tales of the game in the German POW camp at Holyport. There will also be details of the extraordinary, and many cases, tragic experiences of footballing Maidonians on active service all over the world. Finally, I will explore the post-war consequences at York Road which almost led to the club leaving the ground when uniting with the Norfolkians.”
The event – held in conjunction with Maidenhead United Community Trust – will also feature speakers delivering specialist presentations on The Chelsea FC Graves Society, Women’s Football and The Two World Wars and the extraordinary tale of the ‘Football of Loos’, used in the largest British attack of 1915. Attendees will have a chance to hold this unique piece of military history.
Magpies Club Secretary Neil Maskell is looking forward to welcoming representatives and speakers from the Football and War Network to York Road and said: “As a club, Maidenhead United is hugely proud of our long history so naturally we are delighted to be able to work with the Football and War Network to deliver what we expect to be a fascinating evening of discussion on a diverse range of topics. In the evening we expect to be of interest to anyone with an interest in football in Maidenhead and the history of football in general. We also expect the event will appeal to those with an interest in military history. Everyone will be warmly welcomed at this free event and of course, the Stripes Bar will be open to provide refreshments as we listen in to snippets of history both local and international which will surprise and captivate us all.”
For more details go to: https://www.opaf.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=event.eventView&even_id=35997
Or contact the organiser – Roger Panton on 01628 627572