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This message is dated Wednesday 19th May 2021 - Ascot

Alert message sent 19/05/2021 16:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

FIRST:  Nottingham Knockers are out and about.
18/5  Tuesday.  lots of reports of Nottingham Knockers from right across Windsor & Datchet all day, up to nearly 10 p.m..  Reports of– lads, a man in his 40s and a girl, going door to door, selling household products.  Please can everyone be aware.
The only items which can be sold door to door without a 'Pedlars Certificate', are books and food.  To sell anything else, they need to produce a small white Pedlars Certificate.  These are issued at any police station, for use across the UK, but they are only issued after a police check, if the person is of ‘good character’.
So – the minute they say they have been to prison and are on a rehabilitation programme, you know they don’t have one.  If asked, they produce an A4 yellow ‘Hawkers Identification’.  These mean nothing and they print them off themselves.
‘I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door’, then firmly, but politely close and lock the door, as occasionally they are abusive. 

This is a way of locating elderly vulnerable residents, who are easily parted from their money and they get an extra payment, for each address they identify and supply.


In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community.  To download a copy follow this link:

or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network, with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets
  • IN SIGHT and
More information on the campaign can be found on

I have checked the police computers and though we do get lost dogs, stolen dogs are extremely rare.  These are the figures are for the whole of the Thames Valley – 3 counties, Bucks, Berks & Oxon – as always with the caveat – reported to the police:

From 01/01/21-18/05/21

8 reported stolen across the force, cross referenced with ‘Doglost’ or officer’s unofficial reports.

Of these:
  • 1 recovered (little dachshund - MILO from Chipping Norton stolen from car back in Feb/march)
  • 1 never really stolen (husky - GINA found wandering at a kennels near to home at Stokenchurch)
  • 1 blue Staffordshire terrier reported as stolen, but no evidence to support a theft –– quite recent
  • 1 ownership issue- dog was returned to breeder after being found injured and the breeder refused to give it back to the “owner” due to possibly mistreatment by him
  • 1 puppy stolen by a purchaser who went to breeders address in Slough and took puppy but did not make payment

So I think I have 3 actual crimes with outstanding dogs at this time
  • NANCY a cocker spaniel pup from Wooburn Green in Feb
  • BETTY a cocker spaniel from Westbrook near Newbury together with PICKLE an adult female Cocker Spaniel – went from outdoor garden kennels again Feb time
  • LOLA from Princes Risborough, a black and tan cocker spaniel female.

1 additional attempted theft (in last few days), where it looks like a young boy and his puppy were accosted by a possibly drunk man, who tried to unclip the dog from its collar – dog not stolen.  Not here in RBWM

Whatever is being discussed on social media, it does not appear to be filtering through to dog theft reports in this force.

I may not have captured everything, but this is 95% of what has been reported to us.

We, as a force, are also part of a ‘National Dog Theft Working Group’ involving 16 forces, who are looking at best practice across all strands of investigation and prevention.

I hope this acts as reassurance.  If anyone has been a victim of the ransom scam after posting they have lost their dog, can they please let me know, particularly if you paid the ransom and did – or did not – get your dog back.


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 -


18/5 -19/5  Tuesday / Wednesday overnight.  Lower Village Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS.  Rear passenger door found open and GOLF CLUBS stolen.  Ref. No:  43210215440

19/5  Wednesday 10.15 a.m.  Kinross Court,  Car badly keyed.  Ref. No:  43210215649


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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