Thames Valley Police has arrested a total of seven people as part of an operation targeting violent and knife crime offences in Windsor and Maidenhead.

The days of action, known as Operation Limit, took place throughout the week from Monday 19th October, across the local policing area.

The arrests are in connection with investigations in to a number of separate unrelated violent offences.

Chief Inspector James Senior, Deputy Local Policing Area Commander, said: “In the past six months, knife crime and robbery of the person has decreased in Windsor and Maidenhead.

“Thankfully, these kind of offences are not prevalent in our area however, this operation took place following several recent incidents which, understandably, caused some community concern.

“We wanted to act quickly, as we believe an immediate response can only help to further reduce similar offences from reoccurring in our communities. I also want everyone in the community to feel reassured by how seriously we take reports of such offences.”

Those arrested were:

A 30-year-old woman and two men aged 32 and 35 on Wednesday (21/10) on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug and money laundering offences. These arrests followed a warrant executed in Heron Way, Maidenhead, in which drugs and money were seized. All three were released under investigation.

A 16-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on Tuesday (20/10) on suspicion of affray. This was in connection with an affray in High Street, Eton, on 24 September. He was released on police bail until 13 November.

A 41-year-old man from Watford was arrested on Thursday (22/10) on suspicion of stalking/harassment and possession of a bladed article. The arrest was in connection with an incident on 13th October in which a man was threatened with a knife in Ascot. He was released on police bail until 13 November.

Read more: Suspect Arrested After Ascot Knife Incident

  

Samaritans   OCTOBER 2020   

Ahead of World Mental Health Day this Saturday 10th October, Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot and districts Samaritans is reminding people to check in and support anyone who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic with anyone who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

At a time when looking after our mental health and connecting with others is more important than ever, the suicide prevention charity is sharing useful information to help people spot the signs that someone isn’t okay.

Centred around the belief that everyone has the ability to make a difference, the resources provide information on how to help someone having suicidal thoughts, what to do if someone is self-harming as well as advice on self-care and looking after emotional wellbeing.

Branch Director at Bracknell, Wokingam, Ascot and districts Samaritans, Chris Lindsay  said: “As the pandemic continues, we must remember to prioritise our mental health and stay connected with others. The age of social distancing has meant people are having less face to face contact so it can be much harder to spot signs that someone might be struggling.

Read more: World Mental Health Day | Samaritans Reminder

Royal Borough Christmas lights update |  Work to install the Christmas lights in Ascot, will begin in the week starting October 17th 

  

Work to install Christmas lights in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead begins this month, but the usual Christmas lights switch on events won’t go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Councillor Samantha Rayner, deputy leader of the council, resident and leisure services, said: “Christmas is a very important time for local businesses and many residents, and the Royal Borough’s Christmas lights are a much-loved part of the festive season.

 “Sadly, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, and the uncertainty over when these will be lifted, we’ve taken the difficult decision not to go ahead with the usual live switch on events this year.

“The health of our residents, visitors, performers and volunteers is our priority, we don’t want to put anyone at risk and the nature of the switch on events makes it difficult for social distancing to take place and for track and trace to be used.

Read more: Ascot Christmas Lights | Installation Work Starts October 17th

     

Little Muddy Boots face to face lesson sell out! Parents desperate to include more outdoor play in their day...Since re-opening the Little Muddy Boots face to face classes after lockdown, the outdoor toddler and pre-school classes held at Jealotts Hill Community Landshare in Warfield have been fully booked with additional sessions being added due to demand really emphasising the ‘importance of outdoor play’ during this pandemic. “Children aged 1-4 are advised to spend at least 3 hours per day being physically active.” (NHS, 2020)

Parents have been really keen to get their toddlers and pre-schoolers back into a ‘normal’ routine since lockdown restrictions lifted; playing, learning and developing outside but most importantly
socialising after months of limited interactions for both children and their accompanying adults. We also know at Little Muddy Boots that “time spent in high quality outdoor environments has been linked to children having a leaner body and better night time sleep.” (Soderstrom, 2013) The outdoor environment is a great setting for the families with the fresh air and autumn sunshine.


Several changes have been made to the Little Muddy Boots garden to make it Covid safe. This has included individual family kits for each lesson, disinfecting garden tools and toys in between
sessions, social distanced seating and a new outdoor toilet - solely for the use of class members. The changes have been well received and everyone has just settled back into the garden as
before.

Read more: Little Muddy Boots | Outdoor Play is Big Hit After Lockdown!

  

Cumberland Lodge, the charity based in a former royal residence in Windsor Great Park, is offering new opportunities to get involved in its growing volunteers network.

Founded in 1947, the organisation specialises in embracing ‘difficult conversations’ and ‘disagreeing well’, by bringing together leaders, influencers, students and young people for candid conversations on pressing social and ethical issues. It is based in a beautiful 17th-century house that was granted to the original foundation in 1947 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother).

As part of its charitable mission, it hosts a diverse and exciting programme of events throughout the year, including cultural and educational events for the local community.

There are currently opportunities for people with relevant skills and experience to volunteer by providing administrative support to the staff team, or helping to organise the extensive library and archive collections, or by having a more public-facing role in welcoming guests to events such as public talks and open days at the Lodge.

  

Read more: Cumberland Lodge Seeks Volunteers

  

The Royal Borough are warning about a Covid-related scam which is currently doing the rounds.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2020

   

Pictured Above| Progress at Heatherwood Hospital | September 2020  | View From King's Ride Entrance Road

Work on the hospital at Heatherwood was considered essential works and has been allowed to continue through lockdown, although many processes throughout the site have had to adapt and change.

But thanks to the efforts of developer Kier and its teams, as well as Frimley’s own project team, there has been minimal impact and the new hospital’s final timeline has not been affected.

Work on the small roundabout on the Kings Ride road has been completed, and the reduction in traffic during lockdown meant that this work happened without any major impact on the surrounding community.

And all the while behind the scenes Frimley Health clinicians are developing new ways of caring for their patients to ensure the new Heatherwood will help the Trust continue to provide exceptional care in the future.

New hospital milestones:

  • Winter 2020 – Building made watertight
  • Winter 2020 – Alteration work begins on main roundabout
  • Autumn/winter 2020 – Power switched on in the building
  • Mid-2021 – Site handed over to Frimley Health from Kier
  • Mid-2021 to winter 2021 – Commissioning of the new build and decommissioning of the old site
  • Winter 2021/22 – Transfer of activity and equipment from old site to new building
  • 2022 – Old site handed over to Taylor Wimpey for housing development
Read more: New Heatherwood Hospital Still On Track Despite Lockdown!

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