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This message is dated Wednesday 12th May 2021 - Windsor

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Update from PS Ryan Powell, Problem Solving Sergeant for RBWM following Operation Sceptre activity last month.

Towards the end of April and into May, we participated in ‘Operation Sceptre’, the National Operation, to target ‘knife crime’.

This is business as usual for us, with one of our primary focusses, being to work in partnership, to tackle knife crime. I wanted to take a moment to highlight to you, some of the outstanding work being achieved by your local officers.

32 stop and searches, 24 of which, were “positive” mainly for possession of drugs. The majority of the individuals, have been diverted towards our drug and alcohol service to support them with their addiction. Those who chose not to engage with the rehabilitative activity, will be sent to court.
Several knives recovered, as a result of stop searches and park sweeps.
Several young persons have been diverted to the ‘Reading Football Club Divert Programme’ we are using in Thames Valley. They will receive specialist advice and support, to try and prevent them, going any further down the road of criminality.

Several schools received inputs, reaching several thousand pupils.
5 individuals were arrested on suspicion of causing GBH with intent, as part of our commitment to investigating all knife crimes thoroughly and robustly.
We led another cross policing border operation with Slough Policing area and British Transport police, to robustly deal with criminals travelling across the road and rail network.

We launched 3 drugs supply investigations, conscious that drugs often fuel knife crime.

Partners in the community, led park and public space sweeps across 8 locations in the Borough. 3 potential weapons were recovered, which I consider to be a really positive result.

Officers were deployed to carry out additional patrols, in both plain clothes as well as uniform, right across the Borough.

There was much more activity, but I just wanted to highlight some of the work we carried out that you may not see, or hear about, every day. We are only part of the public health partnership required to tackle knife crime and you, as the public, are a key part of that partnership. If you know of anyone carrying weapons, or fearful of others carrying weapons – please contact us online, via 101 or anonymously via crime stoppers.

Many thanks for all the intelligence you supply, enabling us to effectively deploy our resources, where they would be most effective.

Sgt Ryan Powell
TVP Problem Solving Team RBWM


Matthew Barber - elected as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley
Tuesday 11 May 2021, 10:56am
The new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Thames Valley has been announced as Matthew Barber, with a total of 313,148 votes.

Following the election results, Matthew Barber said: “I am honoured to have been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley. I pledge to work tirelessly for every community in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to deliver my plan to make Thames Valley safer.

“I know that the excellent reputation of Thames Valley Police is built on the dedication and commitment of every police officer, PCSO, staff member, Special Constable and volunteer. I look forward to working with you all on our shared objective of cutting crime and keeping the public safe.”
Having listened to residents from across the Thames Valley as part of his campaigning work and over the last four years in his role as the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew has developed a clear plan to be tough on crime and ensuring safer communities which includes:
  • Strong local policing - more police officers; strengthening Neighbourhood Policing and focussing on the crimes that matter most to residents
  • Fighting serious organised crime - cracking down on the threat from “County-Lines” drugs gangs; to protect children from abuse and exploitation
  • Dealing with cybercrime and fraud - investing in the technology and resources the police need to protect individuals online
  • Improving criminal justice - supporting victims of crime, bringing more criminals to justice and reducing reoffending
  • Tackling unauthorised encampments - ensuring a fair but firm response to unauthorised encampments and reducing the effect on communities
On confirmation of the result, Chief Constable John Campbell said: “On behalf of TVP I would like to offer my congratulations to Matthew on his successful election as PCC. The force has worked closely with Matthew, over recent years in his role as Deputy PCC and looks forward working with him as Commissioner in the years ahead.”  

Matthew has been to this area frequently and has been a great supporter of ‘The Food Academy’, visiting the students while the cook at The Windsor Girls School as well as attending the Banquets at the end of the course and awarding Certificates to the students.

NEXT: From Honor Ryan at Trading Standards Scambuster Group:

Hello Jeff

Hope you are well. You might be interested in this for your Alert.

I received a telephone call yesterday morning, from a resident I have assisted in the past.  The lady is in her 80s, lives alone in the Ascot area and had been the victim of a loft insulation scam a couple of years ago, when she paid money for insulation, which was not required, nor fit for purpose.  She then had to have it redone, by a reputable company.

Out of the blue, she has received a telephone call from a different company, who said that ‘her loft insulation needed to be inspected.  It was now a legal requirement’.

She said the call was quite pushy - and - she had been pressured into agreeing to a visit the next morning.

She had an uneasy night, feeling something wasn’t quite right.  The next morning she contacted me, using the information I had left with her previously.

I arranged to be at her home before 10.30 a.m., when the man, who called himself ‘Adam’ was expected to arrive.

A man did arrive, in a very smart black 4x4 Land Rover Discovery.  I took his car index, along with his name and queried the reason for his visit.  He subjected me - to the full sales patter.

In summary, following the unsolicited ‘pushy’ telephone call from the call centre (who will be working from a ‘suckers list’) his role, is that of the ‘inspector / salesman’, to inspect the insulation and then, suggest any remedial work.  This would then be followed up by the next lot of ‘workers’ in the chain, to carry out more unnecessary work and charge a lot of money.

He claimed not to have a business card, nor any paperwork for the company he claimed to work for !  He could not tell me any of the business details and only knew his manager, by the name ‘Fran’.  I told him to leave the premises and not to return. 

When he had gone, the resident became really upset – she was so relieved and grateful that I had been on hand to help her, but felt helpless.  It upset her that she was being targeted again and again.

She was very tired, as she had not slept well having spent the night worrying about the phone call and the impending visit.

It is really sad that these people can have such an effect on vulnerable people – it can make them lose confidence.

I have arranged for her to have a telephone call blocker installed, which will effectively prevent the unsolicited telephone calls and afford her more protection in her own home.  She knows not to deal with any cold-callers who arrive without appointment and not to respond, to any communication seeking personal information.

The purpose of sharing the details of this very real and current incident, is to continue to raise awareness and encourage people to look out for their vulnerable neighbours, friends, work colleagues and family members.  Tell them - not to deal with people they don’t know on the telephone, at the front door, or by post and always to get several written quotes, for any work that is been considered.

Take care

Honor Ryan

Trading Standards Officer
Trading Standards | Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF
Tel: 01628 683557








11/5 – 12/5  Tuesday 6 p.m. / Wednesday 10.15 p.m.  Horton Road, Datchet.  Car drivers window smashed.  No search and nothing stolen.  Ref. No:  43210203081
11/5  Tuesday Early hours.  Coppermill Road, Wraysbury.  Man caught on video doorbell, walking along the road trying car door handles.  Ref. No:  43210201414.  This is exactly the intelligence and reports of suspicious activity we need to receive.  You may not have been the victim of a crime because your car was locked, but a neighbour or someone who lives nearby, may not have been so fortunate.  Keep it coming.  Thankyou, to that householder.
12/5  Wednesday 3.15 a.m.  Montagu Road, Datchet.  White Ford Transit recovery vehicle index YC ** PVY stolen from outside a house.  Ref. No:  43210203188


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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

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

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