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This message is dated Monday 25th April 2022 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 25/04/2022 14:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


FIRST:  A POSSIBLE BOGUS BUILDER SCAM:

This report is from the Aggrieved’s son in law.  The Aggrieved has been talked into having work done on the property, by people who cold called at the front door.

The scammers tarmacked the driveway, which and caller says, is a mess.

They also re-pointed the roof and jet washed the back patio.

Caller states his father in law has memory issues, so can't remember what work he has agreed to have carried out.  He also, can't remember how much he agreed to pay.

The Aggrieved received an unsatisfactory invoice and the two phone numbers on the invoice do not connect.

Caller said that they wrote a cheque for the scammer. He has returned today and said that he won't accept a cheque, he wants cash.

The caller states the father in law started crying on the phone to him when he was talking about it, as he is confused and doesn't understand what is happening.

The caller cannot find any record of the company on the invoice.  Caller has spoken to a relative of the aggrieved.  They mentioned that the aggrieved had agreed to this work and agreed a price of £1250. The invoice amount is for over £2000 and the caller is concerned that if they pay them cash they will return and ask for more.

We will attend the property to protect the aggrieved, in case the scammers return.

THIS RE-ENFORCES THE MESSAGE NOT TO BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR !!

NEXT:  NOTTINGHAM KNOCKERS ARE BACK:


Several reports from residents that the Nottingham Knockers are back ! 

Please do not buy anything from them.  Anyone going door to door selling anything apart from books / food, need to have a Pedlars Certificate.  A small white form about 4’’ square.  These are only issued to people of ‘good character’ – so – the minute they say they are on a rehabilitation programme after leaving prison – you know they don’t have one !!!

Simply close the door / wave them away from a window.

We have also had reports of white transit vans driving around with their index plates covered or the numbers changed with electrical tape !  If you see anything like this, let us know – there are reports of suspicious vans driving around our roads at night, driving slowly, but going nowhere.  Many thanks to those that report them.  We do follow up these reports of intelligence !!

NEXT:  Some funding opportunities for you.  I have placed them at the bottom of this message.

Have you been looking for a new way to raise awareness for your charity? There are various radio stations that allow guests to speak about their causes. B Radio – https://www.bradio.co.uk/charity/  is community radio for Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and they support charities and not-for-profits for free to their listeners. It's really
easy to apply and get your message on air! CharitableRadio - https://www.charitable.radio/contact-us/ also share good news stories, fundraising successes and various other stories from good causes, big and small, plus you can share your info easily via social media using the hashtags #RadioforGood and #GoodNewsNews.

Local BBC Radios are celebrating local people who make a positive difference with their upcoming Make A Difference Awards - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3yrtgmkfHBbsXfQfYkJp7CF/make-a-difference
. Nominate a volunteer, community group, charity, fundraiser, carer, great neighbour, etc., before the applications close on 29 April. Alternatively, you can contact Radio Berkshire via - radio.berkshire.news@bbc.co.uk - to ask about potentially promoting your cause, or you can use their Upload service - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3MPFWlx0dyTF9ZqQ6ljycgD/about  to share something creative through BBC's platforms.

CRIME


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


MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralgeographical@thamesvalley.police.uk
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:

20/4 – 24/4  Ray Lea Close.  Car stolen from the drive.  A red, Alfa Romeo GTV index A *** KWY.  Ref. No:  43220175717

MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestgeographical@thamesvalley.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
22/4 – 25/4  Friday 12.50 / Monday 10 a.m.  Winter Hill Road.  Burglary.  A PCSO out on patrol found a discarded lawnmower.  They investigated and found a house on the market nearby with its window open.  The agents were contacted who attended and locked all the windows.  2 bottles of champagne have been drunk, land line smashed, hand rail ripped off the wall and a lawn mower stolen – the one which has been recovered.  Ref. No:  43220177020

PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

MAIDENHEAD SOUTH

maidenheadsouthgeographical@thamesvalley.police.uk
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.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/

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Jeff
Jeffrey.pick@thamesvalley.police.uk


FROM THE MAIDENHEAD NHW ASSOCIATION:

Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association is growing fast, and with more members joining every day, we need to ask for volunteers to join us on the association to help keep the association going and keep Maidenhead safe!  
 
Here is a shortlist of the positions we have available: 
Multi-Scheme Administrator (MSA) 
Secretary of the Association 
Board members of the Association 
Vice-Chairman of the Association  
 
Please visit our website: MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk and from there you will be able to see all the different ways you can get involved to help support your local community. There is no time commitment or dedicated hours, but we do ask if you can attend the association meetings (One 60 Minute meeting every 2 months) 
 
If you have any question about any of the positions available, please feel free to contact us at contact@MaidenheadNHWA.org.uk 
 
I look forward to speaking with you soon. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
James Cooper HNDip, MBCS 
Chairman – Maidenhead Neighbourhood Watch Association & Vice-Chair for Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association  

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:


Peter Crudas Foundation

The Foundation gives support programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 16 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent.

https://www.petercruddasfoundation.org.uk/how_to_apply.htm

The Peter Cruddas Foundation can only donate to UK registered charities.
To qualify you must be:

A charity registered with the charity commission in England and Wales benefiting people living
in England and Wales.

Currently applications from charities in Scotland and N. Ireland, for Capital Appeals, from CIC’s and Social Enterprises or individuals are not being supported.

If in any doubt about your eligibility or project, please contact the Foundation Administrator.

Deadline for applications is 1 September 2022

Masonic Charitable Foundation


This programme is open to national and local charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the challenges they face. Charities can apply for a small or large grant, depending on their income. Small grants are for charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000. These grants are unrestricted and range from £1,000-£5,000 per year, for up to three years. Large grants are for larger charities whose annual income exceeds £500,000. They must be restricted to a project and usually range from £10,000-£60,000 and can be awarded over one to three years.

https://mcf.org.uk/get-support/grants-to-charities/children-and-young-people/

Versus Arthritis - Together Fund


Grants of £1,000 to £5,000 are available to support people with long term health conditions (particularly musculoskeletal conditions) to get active.

The funding is to increase the availability of exercise opportunities for people with long term health conditions in local communities, to help aid recovery from the negative impact of COVID-19 and reduce the widening of inequalities in sport and physical activity.

Applications are particularly welcome from groups who also support people from culturally diverse communities, disabled people, and people from lower socio-economic groups.

https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/2022/march/inspiring-active-communities/

Motability


Funding to improve the community transport network and promote access to quality wheelchairs.

Grants of between £100,000 and £4 million for a maximum of three years. Applicants must have been active for three years, with an annual income of at least £150,000. There are two schemes: Community Transport Grants and Wheelchair Sector Grants.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

https://www.motability.org.uk/charitable-grants/grants-to-charities-and-organisations/community-transport-grants/


Scops Arts Trust

The Trust is offering grants of up to £30,000 to registered charities, and other constituted, not-for-profit organisations, to deliver projects and activities that give people of all ages a better quality of life by enabling them to understand, participate in, and enjoy the arts, particularly the performing arts (music, drama, opera, and dance).

In 2022, the Trust is especially interested in supporting performing arts projects aimed at adults and projects which will benefit all ages across the generations. It is also keen to hear from organisations planning smaller regional festivals in areas where there is little arts provision, due to socio-economic circumstances or geographically remote locations.

There is a two-stage application process, wherein groups must complete an eligibility check before being invited to submit a Stage 1 application. Selected applicants will then be invited to complete a Stage 2 online application form.

The deadline for applications is 26 April 2022 (12 noon).

https://www.scopsartstrust.org.uk/

Parkinson's UK Physical Activity Grants


Grants of up to £2,500 are available to support physical activity projects for people with Parkinson's.
Physical activity helps people live well with Parkinson's. It's important to be active in ways that are fun and enjoyable. Being active can be anything that gets people moving: being in a walking group, joining a Parkinson's boxing class, or playing Boccia with friends.

The deadline is Friday 10th June 2022.

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/physical-activity-grants

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

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