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This message is dated Friday 22nd October 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 22/10/2021 12:41:00

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Cases of Covid 19 continue to rise and has now reached a rate of 495.1 per 100,000, a level last seen at the beginning of this year.

Our current rate is also above both the South East and England averages. Ages 10 to 19 in the borough continue to be hit the hardest by far, but infections among ages 40 to 54 are also rising. We believe this may be due to household transmission, linked to school aged children.
Thankfully, however, local hospitalisations and deaths remain low, which show the vaccine is working. 80% of borough residents aged 18+ are now doubled vaccinated.
If you’d like to read our latest Covid e-newsletter, which went out yesterday, here’s the link to it: https://conta.cc/3EgOojV

NEXT:  Additional Covid 19 measures in schools

On Wednesday, we sent a letter to head teachers at all Borough schools, recommending they implement enhanced Covid 19 measures, over and above current government guidance, as soon as possible.

This is due to infection rates among school aged children now at the highest the Borough has seen, since the start of this pandemic.

The immediate health risks of Covid 19 to children and young people, and vaccinated school staff, may be low. But the current case rates and the number of outbreaks in our educational settings is impacting attendance causing disruption to children's education as well as the roll out of the Covid 19 vaccination programme in secondary schools.

We’ve strongly advised head teachers implement the following:
Use of face coverings in communal areas (unless exempt) for staff, children, and visitors in both primary and secondary schools
Reduce contact between and within year groups in school where possible
Enhanced LFD and PCR testing when either a child or member of staff has a household member testing positive, or when a child or member of staff is identified via Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive case
You can read the letter in full on the news section of our website.


NEXT: We have one Covid message this week, we hope will be of interest to local residents:-

Covid grant for community groups

If you're a community group, voluntary or not-for-profit organisation in the Royal Borough, you could be eligible to get a grant to help tackle the prevalence of Covid in your area.

The council has a £50,000 funding pot to support hidden or hard to reach communities within the Royal Borough, to help boost uptake of the vaccination and regular testing. Our Eastern European communities are one such group we'd like to hear from as they're being disproportionately affected by Covid.

Applications are open for this one-off grant funding and you apply online. The closing date is Sunday 21 November.

For more information, and to apply, visit our website.


If you have any questions, please do drop us an email to volunteer@rbwm.gov.uk. If you do share any of our messaging, it would be helpful if you fill in our form so we can track how far this information travels. 

All our best,

The Community Information Champions Scheme 
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead 
Town Hall 
St Ives Road 
Maidenhead SL6 1RF 

NEXT: an update re keyless car thefts:

Hi Jeff,
Just picking up on your news about yet another theft of a keyless entry vehicle, I thought you might be interested to know that a year or so back, Ford partially tackled this problem, by making their key fobs go to sleep 40 seconds after it stops moving.

They have incorporated a motion sensor within the key fob to do this. So even if you forget to put it in a Faraday cage, you are protected, as no attempt to wirelessly contact it will work 40 seconds after you have put the key down indoors.

If you will pardon the pun, the key point here is that I believe they are offering to upgrade their earlier keyless fobs to add this feature. I think it is in the region of £100 or so for the upgrade.

Keep up the good work.


Thanks Rodney – Perhaps land Rover / Jaguar are working on something similar ?


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



20/10  Wednesday 3.10 a.m.  Upper Village Road.  The owner has video footage of a person wearing a long coat and a hood (so face was concealed) walking onto their property.  They had to navigate a gate code to gain access.  They tried the doors of both cars on the drive and found the one unlocked.  The searched that car and stole a Sat Nav. They also went around to the side of the house, but all doors were locked and couldn't gain access.  They had to unbolt a fence on the other side to do this.  Ref. No:  43210475923  This is a perfect reminder of several things.  1.  All cars must be locked when parked up.  2.  Opportunist thieves are looking for any opportunity when out and about committing crime.  If a door had been unlocked – this would also have been a burglary !  3.  Car left unlocked in an area act as a crime attractor and news spreads quickly amongst our opportunist thieves.  You do not want these people in your neighbourhood, walking along roads trying car door handles – that could turn into burglaries !



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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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 contact@windsorascotnhwa.org.uk and we will be delighted to assist.

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

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