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FOOTPATH CLOSED, from 9th December - 23rd December

The purpose for the closure is to allow Network Rail to install a landing stage from one side of the crossing to the other. This is for safety precautions as they may leave crossing in unfit state for use in between staff shifts.

All queries should be forwarded to Simon Aston of Network Rail on Tel: 07860 50 10 04




The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

How to protect yourself:

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

What to do if you’re a victim:

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.



Fly tipping is the common term used to describe waste that has been illegally deposited causing damage to the environment, costing businesses, landowners and tax payers millions every year

Householder’s responsibility:

Householders are required by law to check that anyone removing waste from their property are authorised to do so.

Check waste carriers are a genuine and hold a waste carriers licence

To check your waste carrier is holds a legitimate waste carriers licence contact Environment Agency on: 03708 506506 or on line at http://epr.environment-agency.gov.uk/ePRInternet/SearchRegisters.aspx

Most large skip companies will display their waste carrier licence number in the windscreen of their vehicle.

If they are not registered, residents should refuse their service.

If they claim to be registered but do not have any paperwork, residents can telephone the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 and request an instant Waste Carrier Validation

Record the registration number of any vehicle removing waste from your home

Pay by cheque as payments can be traced if the waste is fly tipped. If they insist on cash refuse their service and request a receipt for their service.

Reporting Fly tipping:

Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) on adopted highway:

Residents should contact their local authority / Borough Council who will arrange for its removal.

Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) private land:

The land owner would be responsible for its removal by a licensed waste carrier.

Council’s can fine householders that hire a company to take materials away from their house that end up fly tipped

To find out more about waste crime visit: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/wastecrime


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Crime Prevention Message 

Vehicle crime makes up more than a quarter of all recorded crime in the UK.

Dear Residents

As you may be aware there has been a recent increase in vehicle crime over the last few months in Holybrook, Tilehurst and Theale.  To help keep your property safe please adhere to the following advice from Thames Valley Police:

Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle-related crimes can be prevented by taking simple security measures.

Car security

Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For extra security:

  • fit a car alarm
  • use a steering wheel lock
  • get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
  • always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
  • look for police approved car parks with the Park Mark logo
  • when in stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
  • take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads
  • don't leave items in the glove compartment
  • if you have a garage, use it

Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you.

Motorcycle security

When leaving your motorcycle:

  • always lock it to something secure and set the alarm
  • try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop
  • don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike
  • use an immobiliser

Scooters and mopeds are nearly four times more likely to be stolen than motorbikes. They are light and easy to steal if they're not parked securely, so it's worth taking extra precautions. Always keep your scooter or moped parked in a safe place, where there are lots of passers-by to prevent anyone tampering with it.

Bicycle security

To make your bicycle less of a target for thieves:

  • fit a good bike lock, such as one with a Sold Secure rating, and attach your bike to something secure
  • always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes
  • have your bike's frame security-marked or etched
  • keep your bike in a secure garage or shed when at home
  • if you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you
  • remove lights from the bike and take them with you


Sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner

We are seeking feedback on services for victims of crime in the Thames Valley

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking the views of victims of crime to help inform their future commissioning of support services.

The OPCC is working with a research company, Perpetuity Research, who are carrying out this victim needs assessment on their behalf.

The main aims of the victim needs assessment are as follows:
• To assess the emotional and practical support needs of victims
• To assess the differing needs of Thames Valley’s diverse communities
• To assess how services might help design-out inequalities in access

Interested in sharing your thoughts?

If you have been a victim of crime and want to share your views you can do so by completing an online survey or taking part in a phone interview.

You will be asked your views on a range of issues including:
• Perspectives on current service provisions
• Gaps in the services
• Any suggestions you have to improve victim services in Thames Valley.

To take part in the online survey please visit:

Alternatively interviews, lasting approximately 20 minutes, can be conducted over the phone. Please contact Caitlyn McGeer on the email below to schedule an interview:

Participants will be entered into a draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.

The information you give is confidential, anonymous and will only be used for the purposes of this piece of research. Perpetuity will write a report, incorporating your views (anonymously) to highlight to the OPCC how improvements can be made to the support services available for victims of crime in the Thames Valley. 

Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network

It’s been a fast-paced start to 2017, and next month is set to be even busier with a whole host of events and public meetings planned. These will enable you to share your views find out the latest news about your local NHS and from your Clinical Commissioning Groups governing body. There is also some news about a new support service for Veterans who have experienced trauma, a health awareness campaign around strokes, a free weight management programme and how you can have your say on Thames Valley NHS 111 service.

Eat 4 Health

Eat 4 Health is a free weight management programme serving West Berkshire. If you feel your weight is an issue and you are unsure what to do about it, the Eat 4 Health team offer a FREE 10-12 week weight management programme to support you in achieving your losing weight. The programmes are delivered in group settings and are open to anyone 16 years and above who have a body mass index (BMI) over 25.

You can self-refer or go through your GP. More information is available on the Eat 4 health website.

The Veterans Trauma Network

The Veterans Trauma Network is a recently launched service for patients with service-related traumatic injuries and conditions. The Network provides specialist care to veterans with service-specific traumatic injuries. Veterans benefit from a personalised care plan implemented by top military and civilian trauma experts. The needs of veterans' families and carers are also taken into consideration.

The network is the result of a partnership between the NHS, MOD, Blesma, Blind Veterans UK and Style for Soldiers, and it was developed following feedback from veterans, their families and GPs.
The network operates 10 centres across England in eight major cities and will serve as a regional hub for veteran care, including mental health services, national centres of expertise and major service charities. There is an online video you can watch to find out more about the Veterans Trauma Network.

Referrals can be made via your GP or via Blesma (an Armed Forces charity) by either emailing bsoprosthetics@blesma.org or calling 0208 548 7080.

Share Your Care

A new system for sharing information in Berkshire allows instant, secure access to your health and social care records for the professionals involved in your care.

Sharing your electronic records with the people who look after you gives them the most up-to-date information about you and makes your care safer and more efficient. The computer system used by health and social care professionals to see your shared record is called Connected Care.

The system takes a regular snapshot of information held at GP surgeries, hospital departments and local authorities across Berkshire. Those snapshots combine into a single, shared record all about you. Only those directly involved with your care and authorised to use the system can see your information.If you are present and able to answer, then you will be asked whether it is OK for the person looking after you to look up information about you on the computer system.

The computer system reduces the time spent by professionals checking details from different health and social care organisations. It can also reduce delays to your treatment caused by a lack of information. More information is available on a dedicated website.

The CCGs in Berkshire West hope you have found this bulletin of interest and encourage you to come along to one of the public meetings to find out more about the latest news about the future of your local NHS.

 Volunteer for your Local Library Service.  Please click the link for more information. 

This is a message from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and the variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to steal your personal data and other information.

On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency Identification RFID technology. This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments of up to £30.

However, this comes with security risks, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details. They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results. They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this. You might not even notice it happening.

You can prevent this happening with the Card Defender. This is a sleeve card holder that provides RFID - blocking technology and it protects contactless cards from being read. A similar device was demonstrated on a recent edition of BBC TV's 'Rip of Britain'.

We recommend that everyone carrying a contactless cards should have one or more Card Defenders. This also applies to Oyster cards and students' ID cards.

Card Defenders are now available from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association for just £1.00 each; 5 for £4.00, or 7 for £10.00 plus postage.

Please distribute this information to your family, neighbours and friends.

To order please contact us at: naomi.arnold33@gmail.com