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» Berkshire man jailed for array of burglaries, thefts and frauds

Saturday 14th October 2017 - 37-year-old Andrew Wainwright has been jailed for overfive years for a host of burglary offences.

  • He stole a bicycle from Taplow's Bishop Centre
  • He stole a mobile phone from a car in Hedgerley Hill in Buckinghamshire.
  • Wainwright used stolen bank cards which belonged to a woman to commit fraud in Scaffle Road, Slough.
  • He then carried out the same offence, this time using bank cards belonging to a man, at Sainsbury's in Farnham Road.
  • On the same day, he entered a house in Purton Lane, Farnham Royal, and stole £210 in cash.

PC Ryan Powell of Slough Police Station and DC Jagdip Sekhon of Amersham Police Station said: "Andrew Wainwright committed a number of offences in quick succession, but due to the public’s help, a thorough investigation took place and swift justice followed. The offences happened across South Buckinghamshire and Slough, and Wainwright showed clear disregard for the criminal justice system in his series of offending. We are pleased with the sentence handed to Wainwright by the court, and hope this will continue to show that the police will relentlessly investigate any reported crime."

» Update needed for Pyronix HomeControl+ App (iOS and Android)

Saturday 30th September 2017 - We have been notified by the manufacturers of your intruder alarm that they will be carrying out maintenance of the servers used to connect to your alarm panel via your mobile device on Monday 2nd October 2017. This is to maintain the high level of security that you have come to enjoy on the PyronixCloud.

As part of this, all apps that are connecting to panels on the cloud need to be on the latest HomeControl+ App version. If they are not, then they will not be able to connect to the panel. The new updated app has been available on the app store since 18th September 2017. After updating, please make sure that you run the app at least once to accept the terms and conditions of use.

» Custodial sentence for Maidenhead Burglar (Berkshire)

Thursday 23rd February 2017 - A Maidenhead man was given a two year custodial sentence, suspended for two years, for a string of offences at Reading Crown Court. Timothy Clarke, of Norfolk Road Maidenhead, was convicted on October 6 after pleading guilty to theft in a dwelling, fraud by false representation and attempted burglary dwelling. He was found guilty by a unanimous jury of one count of burglary of a dwelling. The previous year Clarke used keys stolen from a letter box in the foyer of flats in Maidenhead to steal clothing, cash and bank cards. The cards were then used to withdraw and transfer cash from the victim's account. Mr Clarke later tried to re-enter the same property several days later, but was chased off by the occupant.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Christine Miller, said: “The effects of burglary aren't always financial. To have someone enter your home, your private space and rifle through your belongings can feel violating and impact your sense of emotional well-being and sense of security."

» HikVision iVMS app hit by malware

Hikvision have just become aware that their iVMS-4500, version 4.2.0, which was available on the iOS App Store as of September 2, 2015, has been affected by malware. This malware, known as "Xcode Ghost", may expose basic user information such as application name, installation time, language, and country. Becuase of this, iVMS-4500 version 4.2.0 has been removed from the App Store and is no longer available for download. It is imperative that users delete V4.2.0 from their Apple devices. Versions of iVMS-4500 prior to V4.2.0 are not affected. To ensure the safety and privacy of our customers, Hikvision have created a new version of iVMS-4500, V4.2.1 and it is available for download on App Store now. We recommend users to update or download the latest version iVMS-4500: V4.2.1 immediately in order to avoid possible safety compromise.

The latest version of iVMS-4500 can be downloaded here.

» Serial Mail Thief hits pillar boxes in Maidenhead and Slough (Berkshire)

Wednesday 24th June 2015 - A serial mail thief has been raiding postboxes around Berkshire in a two-hour smash and grab. A sledgehammer (or something similar) was used to smash open the boxes in the Maidenhead and Slough area between 02:00 and 04:00 BST on Sunday. Police are linking the thefts and believe numerous items of mail were taken.

The locations of the raided pillar boxes are:

  • Switchback Road North, Pinkneys Green
  • Westwood Green, Cookham
  • Hawthorn Lane, Slough
  • Littleworth Road, Slough
  • Hedsor Hill Top, Bourne End
  • Hedsor Hill Bottom, Bourne End
  • Camden Road, Maidenhead
  • Waltham Vicarage, White Waltham
  • Church Hill, White Waltham

» Police want to speak to man after sexual assault in Hollybush Row (Oxfordshire)

Wednesday 20th May 2015 - Thames Valley Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to talk to about a sexual assault in Oxford. Officers said that a 23-year-old woman was grabbed around the neck by a man and sexually assaulted in Hollybush Row, after which the attacker ran off.

The assault was at about 3:15am on Saturday, April 19th. Police would like to speak to the man shown in CCTV image as he may have information which can help with the investigation. Det Con Justin Walsh said: "I am keen to speak to anyone with information about this incident which was very frightening for the victim."

» Prized canaries stolen from aviary in Reading (Berkshire)

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - Police are appealing for information after 24 prize-winning canaries were stolen.

A breeder has been left "heartbroken" as thieves managed to get past three locks to raid John Mulcahy's aviary at his home in Kingsbridge Road, Reading, overnight on Sunday. They appeared to be 'stolen to order', as they selectively stole the show birds, worth about £30 a pair, whilst leaving behind the 20 less valuable canaries.

The stolen birds consist of 20 yellow Irish Fancy canaries and four mules, which are a cross between Goldfinches and Irish Fancy canaries. They are identifiable by each bird having a ring around its foot bearing the initials 'JM'.

Sadly, this was the second time Mr Mulcahy has been targeted by thieves, with eight canaries stolen about 20 years ago.

» Database of Valuable Items could have been a nice burglar's shopping list

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - An online service recommended by the majority of the UK's police forces has just fixed a security flaw after being alerted by security/privacy consultant Paul Moore.

The website "Immobilise" allows members of the public to add records to the National Property Register, detailing the valuables in their homes. Paul Moore discovered a flaw that made it possible to access other people's records. He discovered that by altering ID numbers in the site's URL, or web address, different records would be automatically downloaded without any additional security measures. "That's quite a nice shopping list for a would-be burglar!" he posted in a blog outlining the issue, updated to reflect the fact that it had been fixed. "They'll know your name, home address, telephone number(s), email address, the make/model of your item, any identifying factors (serial numbers, IMEIs, unique marks etc) and even how much it's worth! He did acknowledge however that it was "very unlikely" that any homes had been targeted as a result of the vulnerability. In its statement, Recipero defended its security record. "For over a decade Recipero's Crime Reduction Ecosystem has benefited the public, police and traders. Throughout this period the business has maintained an exemplary record of data security. Swift attention to these issues reflects an ongoing commitment to security and privacy."

The records kept on Immobilise include a person's name and address, as well as a list of valuables and a rough estimate of how much each item is worth. It is thought that more than four million people use the service. Immobilise is used to match stolen goods to their rightful owners by inviting owners of valuable items to enter them into a database that can be accessed by police. According to the police, the tool is used "thousands of times a day by forces all over the UK including Scotland and Northern Ireland".

» New Wireless Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Released

Monday 8th December 2014 - We install Wireless Carbon Monoxide detectors around Reading and BracknellThe CO-WE Wireless Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector for the Enforcer has now been launched. The CO-WE uses an electrochemical sensing unit to measure the amount of carbon monoxide present in the area. Carbon Monoxide is a lethal gas, made even more dangerous through the fact that it is colourless, odourless and tasteless.

The only way of protecting against possible CO toxicity is to install a carbon monoxide sensor. It will integrate directly with both our wired and wireless burglar alarm panels, so you will have an audible alarm should the detector sense the presence of CO regardless of whether or not the system is armed.

The release of this peripheral means that our wireless systems are now more flexible than ever with safety sensors for every wireless application.

» Man sentenced to four years in prison for burglary in Tilehurst, Reading

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Albert Todd, 44, was found guilty of a burglary (with intenet to steal) in Tilehurst at Reading Crown Court on November 19th, and sentenced to four years in prison. A postman was carrying out his deliveries in Kiln Lane back in July when he saw Albert Todd jump from a ladder leaning against the wall near an open first floor window. Once he knew he was seen, Todd jumped and ran off, but was later arrested nearby after matching the description and being unable to explain his presence at the house.

Detective Constable Bethany French from the Local CID said: "This sentence sends out a message that burglary offences are taken seriously and Thames Valley Police will conduct thorough investigations to ensure every effort is made to bring the offender to justice."

» Reading girl Hannah Graham found in US search

Sunday 19th October 2014 - Virginia police say that they have found a body which could be that of British-born student Hannah Graham, who had vanished in Charlottesville in September. It was discovered in an abandoned property in Albemarle County, where the remains of another missing student were found back in 2010.

18 year old Hannah Graham was born in Reading, Berkshire and moved to America with her parents when she was five. There is now a forensic link with student Morgan Harrington who went missing from Charlottesville in October 2009.

» Cookham Dean burglary victim writes an open letter to offenders (Maidenhead)

Wednesday 24th September 2014 - A burglary victim from Grubwood Lane, Cookham Dean Near Maidenhead has written an open letter to those responsible for burgling his home via the local police. He hopes the message will lead to the return of items which are highly precious to him but would be considered worthless to anyone else. Thames Valley Police are still appealing for any information.

"In your wake you leave loss, sadness and disbelief that you could have done such a cruel thing," he wrote. "You seem oblivious to the pain you cause to innocent people who don't know you, and don't have any reason to mean you any harm. It is in your hands to stop this now."

Mr Larke said the letter was the result of an 'emotional outburst' after finding his cottage in the rural Berkshire village was broken into on 27 August. Thieves stole his late father's silver fob watch and his wife Catherine's Scottish guardsman pendant which had been given by her father when she was eight.

» Jewellery Theft in Abingdon

Tuesday 5th August 2014 - Burglars have stolen jewellery from a home in Abingdon after getting inside through the patio doors. The weekend burglary occured in Gardiner Close some time between 11am on Friday and 2pm on Monday. Police also said that a door to another house in the same street was damaged in an attempted break-in.

» Burglars raid charity shops in Maidenhead and Eton

Monday 30th June 2014 - Callous burglars have raided two charity shops in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, taking with them hundreds of pounds intended for the area's most vulnerable elderly people.

The thieves targeted "Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East" charity shops, where safes containing sizeable sums of money were stolen. As well as the theft itself, there was also extensive damage. The shop in Eton Wick Road was raided sometime between 5:30pm Saturday 1st and 7:00am Monday 3rd March, and the Maidenhead shop in Shifford Crescent was targeted just days later between 6:00pm Thursday 6th and the morning of Friday 7th March. The main entrance door to the Eton Wick shop was forced open, damaging the door, and the safe was forced out. The alarm also appears to have been deactivated. In Maidenhead, the rear fire door was forced open, as well as the metal sliding gate to the shop. Fire extinguishers were used to remove the safe which was encased in concrete on the floor. It is estimated that they will have to spend about £1,000 to repair all of the damage.

Kevin Griffiths, deputy chief executive at Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East said "It's sickening to know that the money that our customers have so generously helped us raise to provide much needed services for local older people has been taken. It's hard to believe that anybody would stoop so low as to steal from a charity."

If anyone has any information they should contact Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

» CHAS Accredition Renewed

Wednesday 18th June 2014 - We are happy to announce today that our CHAS membership has been renewed. CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) was established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. It is available to suppliers (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers. As a successful CHAS registered company, we can supply our services to other alarm installing companies not only around Oxford and Reading, but also around the country.

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» Jewellery and knives stolen in Marlow burglary

Wednesday 21st May 2014 - Between 8:00am and 6:45pm on Wednesday 30th April, the back window of a house in Mead Close was smashed with two rings and a set of steak knives being stolen. Four white men, wearing baseball caps, were seen leaving the house and walking in the direction of Willowmead Road, where it is believed that they then got into a grey BMW and drove off.

Anyone who may have seen anything are urged to contact the police on 101.

» Police issue warning after spate of burglaries in West Reading

Tuesday 29th April 2014 - Residents of West Reading are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of burglaries.

A property in Shaftesbury Road was broken into through a front window which wasn't locked, and several electrical items were taken. A property in Cranbury Road was broken into via the letterbox, with cash, phones and keys being stolen. And later that same day there was an attempt to get into a property in Portman Way by forcing a front window, which proved to be unsuccessful. Between 9am last Saturday and 11am on Easter Sunday, a property in Grovelands Road was broken into through a window next to the kitchen door with electrical items being stolen. on Easter Sunday and and again on Bank Holiday Monday, a property in Don Close, Tilehurst, had its bathroom window forced, but nothing stolen.

Residents are reminded not to leave gardens tools lying around and make sure all windows and doors are locked securely.

» Police appeal for witnesses after three letterbox burglaries in Winnersh

Tuesday 15th April 2014 - The three incidents occurred between 11pm and 6am on Monday, February 10th and Tuesday, February 11th; while the residents slept burglars put an instrument through each home's letterbox and opened the front door from the inside. The thieve struck at two homes in Woodward Close, where a white BMW, a small amount of cash, bank cards and a handbag were taken from one property along with cash, bank cards, and a set of keys at the other. The other burglary attack was in Laburnum Road, where a laptop was taken.

Police believe that all three burglaries are connected and Detective Sergent Christina Berenger said: "I am urging residents to please ensure all doors and windows are closed and locked when leaving the house or going to bed, and to ensure their keys are not in reach or visible from any external doors to the property. Do not leave hand bags in easy view or your car keys inside them."

Police urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

» Congratulations to Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race

Sunday 6th April 2014 - Oxford beat Cambridge at today's boat race by the biggest margin since 1973, 11 lengths, in a time of 18 mins 36 seconds.

The oars of the two boats came together, giving Oxford the advantage which they maintainted to the end. Cambridge protested to the umpire Richard Phelps suggesting that Oxford had come out of their station, but this was immediatly dismissed by Phelps as he had already warned Cambridge.

» No make-up selfie: Oxford University student uses Facebook picture after being attacked to raise money for abuse charity

Wednesday 26th March 2014 - Ms Ryan was allegedly beaten and attacked after telling a man in an Oxfordshire nightclub that it is "completely inappropriate to touch a woman without her consent". After the attack she released a defiant selfie showing her bruised and swollen face.

Jeanne Marie Ryan has joined the current #nomakeupselfie trend, which has seen thousands of women post bare-faced pictures on social media sites to raise money for cancer research. But this image of the 29-year-old was of her face after, she says, a man groped her on the dancefloor in a club and punched her repeatedly, and is instead being used to raise money for a sexual abuse charity.

» Colnbrook man has been accused of stealing from a shop in Ascot

Wednesday 19th March 2014 - Leslie Lawes, 50, of Colnbrook, was charged on March 10th with one count of burglary non-dwelling in relation to the alleged theft of a safe from a shop in Ascot High Street on December 5th 2013. He is due to appear at Slough Magistrates' Court on Monday, March 24th.

» Appeal for stolen silver fob watch taken in Tadley burglary

Thursday 13th March 2014 - Hampshire Constabulary has appealed for information following the burglary in Tadley, which happened sometime between Friday, January 24th and Sunday, February 2nd. The burglary happened whilst the homeowners were away for the weekend. Among the stolen items of jewellery was a silver topical time Jean Pierre half hunter skeleton fob watch, worth £295.

Further items stolen included a grooved, two-colour gold men's ring, with a square top and a single diamond in one corner; a gold watch with a heart shaped face and a flat interlocking strap; a gold ladies ring with a V-shaped top with small blue and white alternate stones; a square topped ladies ring with large stones, with two smaller stones either side in gold; and dark blue drawstring bag, with possibly 'Hanor Unite' on it in red. Anyone who comes across this jewellery, sees them offered them for sale, or had witnessed anything suspicious in Crescent Road, Tadley late-January or early-February, are being urged to contact Pc Catchpole at Basingstoke Police Station on the non emergency telephone number, 101.

Help find the stolen watch from home in Tadley

» Serial burglar in Maidenhead sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to four charges

Monday 3rd March 2014 - Jason McLeod of Foliejohn Way, Maidenhead, was sentenced to six years and three months imprisonment at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday. He was charged with four counts of burglary, which included stealing a variety of electrical items, handbags, bank cards and cash from burglaries in Cookham by gaining entry to the properties through unsecured rear or side doors. McLeod was later captured on CCTV trying to withdraw funds from the stolen bank cards.

Detective Constable Richard Ayres from Maidenhead CID, said: "During these particular offences, McLeod entered the properties when they were occupied, and was even confronted by one of the homeowners. I welcome the sentence imposed upon McLeod and I hope it will act as deterrent to anyone else thinking of committing a similar crime."

» Jailed - The Burglary Gang who raided a Wargrave home

Wednesday 26th February 2014 - At Reading Crown Court on Monday, Judge Peter Ross said: "There was considerable ransacking within the premises. It must have presented a truly dreadful sight when the occupants returned."

Three of the gang of four were jailed, between them they had more than 80 previous convictions. Christopher McNorthey of Calver Close, Winnersh, received the longest jail term, being sentenced to over three years after the court heard he had been out on licence at the time of the raid. The teenage getaway driver Scott Leaver was given a two-year suspended sentence, with 200 hours unpaid community work and an electronically monitored curfew. He had only just passed his driving test two days before the raid took place.

After ransacking the village home in Wargrave, they were later caught after a police chase, and a pillowcase stuffed full of valuables including jewellery boxes, necklaces, an iPod and laptop computer.

» Warning over looting in flooded homes along the Thames River.

Wednesday 12th February 2014 - Evacuated residents in Wraysbury worry that an army of looters could target their flooded homes after rising waters have forced homeowners to take refuge elsewhere.

Reports have circulated that opportunist looters have been raiding homes, leading residents to call for the police and army to intervene. Colin Rayner, a Conservative councillor for Horton and Wraysbury, said that the village had experienced looting and has urged the police and army to help. "Looters nearly ran over a resident this morning," he claimed.

» Sinkhole Opens up in High Wycombe

Monday 3rd February 2014 - Residents in High Wycombe were alarmed on Sunday when they discovered a 9m deep sink hole in their drive-way, with their VW Lupo lying on it's side in rubble at the bottom of it.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were on site for an hour, and no one was in the car when the sinkhole gave way. Wycombe District Council now have to decide what steps to take next.

» Burglary in Bicester

Tuesday 14th January 2014 - A house was burgled in Chapel Street, Bicester after offenders managed to force entry to a home using a tool to open a rear window.

Thames Valley Police have asked that residents remain vigilant, and if anyone has information regarding the burglary that they call the Bicester CID Team on 101.

Click here for police advice regarding securing your home.

» Thieves leave a trail of destruction at an Abingdon cricket club

Monday 30th December 2013 - Thieves smashed their way into a cricket club in Abingdon on Friday night and left a trail of broken glass and a repair bill estimated at more than £1,000, with £100 worth of alcohol bottles being stolen and smashed on site.

Police forensic investigators have poured over the area looking for evidence such as fingerprints and footprints.

The raiders had smashed windows and used a metal bar to force their way inside the Abingdon Vale Cricket Club on Culham Road.

» Wiltshire Police set to axe role of Chief Inspector

Monday 23rd December 2013 - Wiltshire Police have announced they are to decommission the rank of chief inspector in a bid to provide high quality services to the public whilst at the same time reducing bureaucracy. As part of the review of the organisational hierarchy, other senior ranks such as police officer and police staff will also be investigated.

» Police ask public to 'refrain from searching' for Jayden Parkinson

Monday 16th December 2013 - Police searching for the missing teenager have requested that the public do "not carry out their own searches". Thames Valley Police say the public's well-meaning efforts risk "jeopardising their own investigations". Police have confirmed that searches are being concentrated in two locations in the village of Upton Didcot.

Officers are treating the disappearance of Jayden Parkinson, from Oxford, as murder. The 17-year-old was last seen on Tuesday, 3 December. A 22-year-old man from Reading (Berkshire) and a youth of 17, from Oxfordshire, remain in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

» Police Warn of new Burglary Scam

Tuesday 19th November 2013 - In a new scam, burglars are scouting for potential easy targets of break-ins during the day, and marking them by sticking a fake Locksmith's calling card on the property. Other thieves working in the area then know that the property is either left empty during the day or has doors and windows unlocked for easy access.

Police have said that at least one burglary has been definitely linked to such a sticker.

Advice is that if you find a sticker attached to your property, remove it immediately.

» Hurricane St Jude

Monday 29th October 2013 - After the weekend's storm that affected many areas of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Surrey, the BBC has released a quick guide for making an insurance claim for storm damage.
Photograph of a BMW in Maidenhead which was so very nearly crushed by a falling tree during hurricane St. Jude

» Oxfordshire School closures

Wednesday 16th October 2013 - There is a teachers' strike on Thursday 17th October. You can follow @OxonSchools on Twitter for the latest closure announcements or listen to the the morning breakfast shows on BBC Radio Oxford (95.2 FM), Heart FM (102.6 or 97.4 FM), Glide (107.9 FM), Banbury Sound (107.6 FM) and Jack FM (106.8 FM).

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