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This message is dated Friday 8th January 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 08/01/2021 12:20:00

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This message is dated Friday 8th January 2021 for Ascot.






FIRST: From the Borough:

To access the following websites, copy and paste the web address into your tool bar in your search engine

If you would like to be on the circulation list for the Borough’s regular Residents Newsletter – sign up here:-

During the new national lockdown, people are being urged to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

For full details on what you can and cannot do, please visit the Government’s website:-

Below is a list of the council services that will remain open/in operation for the duration of the lockdown, unless the Government advises otherwise.  

Waste and recycling

Stafferton Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Maidenhead remains open between 8am and 4.15pm, with social distancing rules in place. For more details:-

Household waste and recycling collections are also unaffected but please note that temporary revised collections to cover the festive period are in place until Monday 18 January:-

Lateral flow testing for secondary age children

Secondary age children who are authorised to attend school during lockdown will receive a weekly lateral flow test to help detect asymptomatic cases.

This is part of the secondary school testing scheme announced by the Government in December, which all parents of secondary aged children should already be aware of, but which will now only be given to those children and staff who attend school during the lockdown.

Adult social care

Our adult social care provider, Optalis, will continue to operate during lockdown in accordance with the latest Government guidance.

They are also arranging additional support for vulnerable residents and those who are shielding, as they did in the first national lockdown in March last year.

Optalis is also working with local NHS partners to support safe discharges from hospital to free up capacity where possible.

Business support

The Government has announced there will be a new grant for local businesses this lockdown, but we have been advised that guidance is unlikely to be provided to us until next week.

As soon as we have the information, we will publish it on our website and social media channels, so keep checking them for regular updates.


You can continue to click and collect at Maidenhead Library and Windsor Library. Simply request your books:-

Our libraries’ online events are also not affected.

Self-isolating and need help?

We have a dedicated page on our website with information about the help and support that’s available and contact details for those who are self-isolating.

You can also check out our community response page for more details on the support and advice that’s available to you.

Latest COVID-19 statistics for the Royal Borough

The Berkshire Public Health website has all the latest data showing local cases.

Under the 'information centre' section (top right of the page) you can access weekly reports which break this data down into individual wards.


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.

I have added a new email address below.  The first email address is directly to your local Neighbourhood Team.  The second is to our investigation team.  Please use it to send any intelligence / video doorbell / CCTV footage you may have, which is relevant to any of the crimes lists below - quoting the reference number.

Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email -






FIRST: - A bank scam:

Hi Jeff, I just received a presumed scam message to my mobile phone.

It supposedly comes from my bank.

Apparently someone has tried to access my account from an unrecognised device. I could authorise the transaction if it was me by clicking on the LINK !

The mobile number was all wrong; Firstly, the message came from a mobile and secondly – it was international?

I assumed it was a scam and deleted it?

Kind regards, Paul

Exactly Paul and you are not alone:-

Hi Jeff

We have received a couple odd scam SMS Texts - one we nearly fell for and the second one , we are  better informed and experienced. 

The text appears to come from a bank or Credit Card Company and we happen to have an account with each of these.

The key is that the text is from a mobile phone and is a scam. I simply blocked the number. We had not added any new payment contacts, so were immediately defensive, and if we had logged onto the link, they would have requested sensitive data that would have allowed access to our account.

The second was supposedly from our building society- which I didn't spot immediately. More devious, as it didn’t rely on previous personal involvement with the reported action!!!

I did actually follow the link (it was very good copy of the building society website) and started to enter my data, but got suspicious when the site did not respond.  I then rang the number on then link - no response !
I exited the site immediately and cleared the cache.

I rang building society, using the Tel No on the back of my card.  I Reported the incident, changed my password, The building society assured me that it was a scam and that no transactions had taken place. Their 2nd Stage verification system was not breached.

Hope this helps others. My wife and I are very cautious and experienced , so it was a wakeup call..


Thanks Herb, don’t feel badly – these people are really good at what they do


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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The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

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

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