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This message is dated Friday 29th April 2022 - Ascot

Alert message sent 29/04/2022 13:09:00

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A strange crime to report, which of course went to a neighbouring police force.

Hello Jeff,

It happened on Tuesday, 26th April and I reported it to Thames Valley Police, but they said I should report it to Surrey Police, because although the story starts in Ascot High Street, the crime was committed in a Garden Centre car park, which is on the A30 in Windlesham, therefore it is a Surrey crime.

However I think it might be of interest to residents of Ascot.

I withdrew some cash inside my Bank on Ascot High Street and placed it in a white envelope.  I then returned to my car, parked a little further down the road and placed the envelope containing the cash, in the stowage under the centre armrest.

I then drove to a Garden Centre on the A30. I had slowed down at the nearby Garden Centre and noticed in my rear view mirror that a small white car, some distance behind me, had also slowed down.

I now think that car had been following me. I parked in the garden centre car park and locked the car, but left the cash in the stowage under the centre armrest.  When I returned to the car I found that the passenger window had been smashed and the envelope containing the cash was missing - but nothing else had been searched nor taken.

Part of the window frame, had also been damaged by an attempt to prize it open.

I know it was foolish of me to leave the cash in the car, but I didn't think anyone else knew it was there.

Please ask people to be on their guard, when withdrawing cash from their bank.


Really good advice.  Everyone should always be aware of who is around them at all times.  If walking along a road, use the reflections in shop windows, to see if who is around you and paying you too much attention if you, particularly if you are at a cash till in the street, or making a cash withdrawal inside a bank.
No-one, should be within a metre of you.  Know who is around you – AND USE YOUR INSTINCTS – if you feel you are being watched / observed, you probably are.  90% of communication is non-verbal and our brains, see things we don’t and warn us, using our instincts.  They are there to protect us and most of us have lived long enough to know they are usually right !


We have been plagued with these for nearly a month now.  Everyone please remember our Community Watch motto


Then politely, but firmly close and lock the front door.  If possible, don’t answer the door, but waive them away from a window.  The aim is to locate elderly vulnerable residents with money in the house.  If you buy from them, the chances are you will go on a suckers list !!!


Grants are now available to help individuals and community groups kick-start their own innovative initiatives supporting health and wellbeing of residents in the Royal Borough.
The council, in partnership with NHS Frimley CCG, is inviting people to apply for one-off grants of up to £5,000 to get their ideas for community-led initiatives off the ground.

The funding is coming from a budget held jointly by the council and the CCG. Applications must focus on one or more of the four key health and wellbeing priorities in the Royal Borough.
1.    Improving access to services to better people’s health
2.    Health prevention to reduce risk factors
3.    Tackling social isolation and loneliness
4.    Reducing mental or physical health inequalities.

Find out more and how to apply here:

Ways to Apply:

Please download the application form on the right-hand side of the page, fill out, and email to Sumayyah Zeib: AND Nicky Smith:

Feel free to also share a brief description of your project idea using the tool below, and like / comment on other ideas.

If you don't have IT access, please add your ideas to 'suggestion boxes' at Maidenhead Library, Windsor Library or Ascot Library.

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 6th June 2022, Midnight.

Community schemes, carers groups as well as Watch Schemes are ideally suited to Priority 3 !!!


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 -





27/4 – 28/4  Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 7 a.m.  Burleigh Road.  Alarm sounding in one house and police attended with security to check the house, but all seemed in order.  Later report of a a theft from a car, but no further details at this time.  Ref. No:  43220181703

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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A new year, a new logo, a new beginning

Why not start a new scheme in your street - A scheme is a group of members, usually in the same road or area, which has a coordinator to manage the scheme.
In the last week, we have had inquiries from various residents and we are delighted to announce that three new schemes are being set up.
There are many benefits to starting a scheme - awareness of types of crimes that affect our communities such as vehicle crime and advice on scams, access to CCTV,  for instance.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about crime awareness though. It's about supporting communities and tackling issues within them like, loneliness and vulnerability.

Being aware of these issues will enable you to be proactive in your community to help those in our communities that need support.

Please contact us on and we will be delighted to assist.
Valerie Pike, Chairman of Windsor & Ascot NHW Association.

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

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