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Helen Thorne (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has launched his new five year Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley.
The document sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations. It consists of five strategic priorities which are:
It was also developed using a broad range of information including academic research, analysis of crime trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.
Anthony Stansfeld said: “Demand on policing and community safety issues have changed over the last few years and my new plan reflects this. The Plan focuses on many new and emerging issues for policing but crimes such as household burglary and rural crime will also remain a priority.
“Tackling new demand, as well as maintaining support for the investigation of more traditional crimes, won’t be an easy task. However, as recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections have shown, Thames Valley Police is a force we can be proud of and I have faith that they will be able to rise to this challenge and continue to safeguard the communities of Thames Valley.
“I will now be working closely with partner organisations to understand how they will address the issues identified.”
For more information and to view the full Police and Crime Plan visit the PCC website.
M4 Junctions 12 to 13: Bridge Refurbishment – Weekend Closure Reminder
West Berkshire Highways have issued a reminder that the M4 east and westbound carriageways, between junctions 12 (Theale) and 13 (Chieveley) in West Berkshire will be fully closed from 9pm on Friday 31 March through to 6am on Monday 3 April 2017.
A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton), however as we are expecting this route to be extremely busy – the following alternative routes should be used:
· From west to east / east to west – consider using the A339 and A33, or the A404, M40, A34
· From the north – consider using the M40 and A404
· From the south – consider using the M3 and A33
Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.
If you have any questions or if you’d like you know about the work please log your enquiry through Highways England’s customer control centre:
· Phone: 0300 123 5000
· Email: email@example.com
· Post: Highways England, Bridge House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ
WELFORD PARISH COUNCIL INVITES
All Parishioners to the
Annual Parish Meeting followed by Wine & Nibbles
Wednesday 17th May 7.30pm in Wickham Village Hall
This is an opportunity to share your views and ideas about life in the Parish
Guest Speaker is Gill Comley who will be introducing the new West Berkshire Village Agent Initiative
See Noticeboards or the Minutes. Audits. Planning. for the Agenda
Earlier this week, Thames Valley Police was pleased to launch their new force website.
This is the culmination of a collaboration project between Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary, working with the Police ICT Company and the Digital Policing Programme. The design and operation will be a national solution which is expected to be available to all police forces in the coming years.
We are grateful to the Alert users who completed our survey in April 2016 which influenced the new site, but also to everyone who has provided feedback during the testing phase.
We continue to upload content but trust that users will find this a more resilient and easier to navigate website.
It’s a new look, but the address is the same: www.thamesvalley.police.uk - do go and have a look.
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Lucy Billen (Police, Media Officer, Thames Valley Police)
Following the tragic events in London yesterday afternoon, Thames Valley Police would like to remind our communities that the national threat level remains at SEVERE: as it has been since October 2014.
This means that an attack is highly likely and we urge the public to be alert but not alarmed.
Along with our partners we continue to do everything we can to help protect our communities, public institutions, critical national infrastructure and businesses.
We have reviewed our security measures and activities, including those for pre-planned events and in crowded places and there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to our communities within the Thames Valley following the terrorist attack in London yesterday. We will continue to provide a visible policing presence across the Thames Valley to provide reassurance to our communities.
Today we will be engaging with key community representatives to allay concerns and fears linked to this incident - with a particular focus on supporting our Muslim communities. We will be actively monitoring any incidents of hate crime and will ensure that they are dealt with robustly.
Communities defeat terrorism - we depend on information from the public, you are also our eyes and ears, and everyone can play their part in the effort to keep us safe. Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency call 999. In the rare event of a weapons attack occurring we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.
Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “In light of the tragic incident in London, the cooperation of our communities is more important than ever before.
“I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously. Trust your instincts and let us decide whether the information is important or not. No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.
“I would like to reassure you that Thames Valley Police has reviewed our security measures and there is no specific intelligence to suggest a threat to our communities within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
“My officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”
I am writing this on the first day of Lent, which begins this year on the 1st March, Ash Wednesday, which is also St David’s Day of course, the Patron Saint of Wales.
Unlike St George and St Andrew, St David was actually British. He was the son of a Welsh chieftain called Sant and his mother was another Welsh saint, St Non. He was consecrated as a bishop during a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, a very dangerous and long journey in the 6th century, and on his return to Wales founded no less than twelve monasteries. He died at the age of 100 (!)surrounded by the monks of the monastery at Menevia, now the delightful little city of St David’s in Pembrokeshire. His last words were ‘Keep the faith, be joyful, do the little things’.
From 1st March we have forty days and forty nights (excluding Sundays when we are spared the rigours of Lent!) to prepare for the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Day. Why so long? Because Easter is the most important of all the Church’s festivals when we celebrate the extraordinary events that led to the beginning of the Church 2000 years ago; Jesus rising from the dead.
Traditionally people have given something up for Lent having gorged on Shrove Tuesday’s pancakes! Chocolate or smoking or perhaps alcohol are the modern choices. But you could try taking something up! It might be coming to Church more often. It might be calling on a neighbour who could do with some help. It might be something that you could carry on doing long after Lent 2017 is over, a little thing!
The really important thing about Lent is that it is a time when we share with Jesus in his journey towards the cross on Good Friday and then the joy of Easter Day when he rose from the dead. Whether you give something up or take something up, please don’t let Lent pass you by this year. You will understand Easter better and the eggs will taste even more delicious!
Above all take to heart those last words of our truly British Saint St David, ‘Keep the faith, be joyful, do the little things’ and you might just make this Lent truly memorable.
May God bless you all, John Townend
Home-Start West Berkshire, a local family support charity is currently recruiting in this area. They need Volunteers who can encourage, listen and offer practical support to parents with young children. Volunteers become a trusted friend and mentor to the family, to help them move forward. Their next training course will start on the 28th April 2017. It will run for 5 consecutive Fridays from 9.30-14.30pm, breaking for Easter. If you are interested or would like to discuss this further please contact us now on 01635 760310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can be found on our website www.home-startwestberks.org.uk
Sophie Dyer from Thames Valley Police has reported to the Neighbourhood Watch community teams:
There has been a recent rise of prank calls within Thames Valley.
The calls are pre-recorded generated responses giving the impression that recipients are actually speaking directly to someone.
The calls are not all the same. However one of the main scenarios has been described as an angry Scottish man claiming you are stealing his Wi-Fi.
Sometimes there is a mobile phone number showing and other times the number is withheld.
It appears that these calls are predominantly targeting elderly and young people and can cause alarm and distress to the call taker.
We urge people to take the following advice:
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