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Appeal for witnesses

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Prestwood

The incident took place on Monday (4/9) at about 9.05pm in the High Street between the Methodist Church and the Co-Op.

The victim, an 83-year-old woman, was walking along the High Street when she was approached by a man who attempted to grab her handbag and take it from her.

She managed to hold onto the handbag but fell to the ground, sustaining cuts and bruises. The offender then ran away.

He was wearing dark clothing and had his hood up.

The victim was taken to hospital following the incident, but has since been discharged.

Investigating officer PC Kayleigh Dean, based at Amersham police station, said: “This incident has resulted in an elderly woman falling to the ground and sustaining injuries which required her to go to hospital.

“I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information relating to it.

“If you have any details which you think could help our investigation, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 101.”

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference ‘43170263025’, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.



Thames Valley Police Alert – Burglary Nags Head Lane

From Thames Valley Police

Case officer Debbie Parker-Boyes, Police, Taplow.

On Saturday 9 September 2017 between midnight and 6.30am a burglary occurred at Nags Head Lane, Great Missenden.  The offenders gained access by smashing a rear window.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Nags Head Lane please contact Amersham Investigation Hub via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43170267758.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.



Street Robbery

From Thames Valley Police

Appeal for witnesses and information

On Monday 4 Sepember at approximately 9.00pm outside the Prestwood Methodist Church High Street,  a person unknown wearing a dark hoodie approached an elderly resident and attempted to snatch their handbag.  The resident, whilst holding onto the handbag, fell and received facial & wrist injuries.  If anyone has any information please ring 101 and quote reference – Occurrence 43170263025



Keep your property safe

Message from Chris Ging,  Thames Valley Police.

With the winter months approaching and the evenings getting darker please ensure your property does not become a target for burglars.

Simple rules

  1. Use timer switches or leave a light on (ensure property is not in darkness)
  2. Check outside lights are working
  3. Ensure all windows and doors are shut and locked
  4. Don’t leave valuables lying around
  5. Take pictures of expensive items / jewellery
  6. Ensure house alarms if fitted are in use
  7. Do not leave tools lying around rear gardens (burglars will use them to gain entry to properties)
  8. Ensure no valuables on display in vehicles
  9. Ensure vehicles are locked
  10. Ensure outbuildings (sheds and garages) are locked and secure


Have a fright-free Halloween

Stay safe this Halloween

Hannah Tomlin, Community Safety Officer, sent us this article:

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows indicating whether or not they welcome Halloween callers. Continue reading Have a fright-free Halloween



Missendens Neighbourhood Policing Update

Missendens Neighbourhood TVP September Newsletter

Catch up with the local news   31149_Missendens_September_2017

Do you know when to ring 999 and when to ring 101?

Thames Valley Police has devised a short survey for all ages across Thames Valley, to better understand how you use these services.   Please take this short survey:

Next Have Your Say Event in Prestwood
Wednesday 6th  September 2017 11am–12noon – Chequers Parade, Prestwood


Burglary in Perks Lane

Between Thursday 10 August  at 5.30 pm and Friday 11 August  at 10.00 am a burglary occurred at Perks Lane, Prestwood.  The offenders gained access by smashing glass in the back door and stole items.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Perks Lane please contact PC 3687 Ian Torbet, Amersham Investigation Hub via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43170238005.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Continue reading Burglary in Perks Lane



Prestwood burglary

The police are appealing for information following a burglary in Prestwood.

Between 8pm on Sunday (4/6) and 8am on Monday (5/6) a lock up was broken into on Wren Davis Farm in Prestwood.

An ‘IFOR WILLIAMS’ trailer, that’s approximately 12 feet long with the registration number beginning RV04  was stolen. A Kabota U10/3 Micro Digger, a Kabota KX36/3 Digger, two petrol chainsaws, a Makita Breaker (drill breaker) and an angle grinder were also stolen.

Investigating officer, Police Constable Helen Rankine from Amersham Police Station, said: “If anyone has any information which could assist with the investigation, or who may have witnessed this incident, please call our 24-hour enquiry centre on 101, quoting reference number 43170162347 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”



Free from Thames Valley Police

Little Book of Cyber Scams available now

TV Police have joined up with the Metropolitan Police to produce their own version of the Little Book of Cyber Scams, to give information and advice to you and local businesses.

The 40-page booklet covers a wide range of cyber and cyber-enabled threats, including malware and ransomware, social engineering attacks – where cyber crime is made possible by someone gathering data deceitfully in person, by phone or email – denial of service attacks and data leakage.

It follows the successful ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, now in its third edition, and can be viewed and downloaded via the Thames Valley Police website.

While some of the information is targeted at businesses, the advice is relevant to all and we hope you find it useful.



New Police Sergeant in place

Sergeant Nicky Upton has worked very hard over the past few years to keep this area safe.  Several PVA committee members know her well and are grateful for what she has done. As you will see below, she is handing over to Sergeant Paul Cossey, whom we also know well.  Here is the letter she has sent us.

Dear all,

Today see’s the first day of the New Operating Model across Thames valley Police. After nearly 7 years policing Amersham, the Chalfont’s and Great Missenden neighbourhoods, I leave this post to take up a new position as the Safeguarding Sergeant for the Chiltern and South Bucks Police Area. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with so many different people and have constantly been impressed by the dedication and commitment of those who help to make our communities safer. Continue reading New Police Sergeant in place



Another email scam

You can’t be too careful!

Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.

The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:

“Hi, [name]!

I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me. Continue reading Another email scam



RUWise to It?

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.

Being aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and knowing where to go to raise a concern are two simple but important things.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that happens when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, money, drugs, gifts or alcohol. It is illegal, although young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed and manipulated by their abusers.   Visit to find out more.



Tackling loneliness

How being a good neighbour can help tackle loneliness

As social beings, we’re often at our best when we’re connected to the people and communities around us.  However, nearly 1 in 5 people in the UK today say they’re often or always lonely and a similar number of people will go over a week without even being asked ‘how are you?’

Loneliness and isolation is a serious issue for people across our country and its impact can go further than you might imagine; loneliness is bad for your health, it’s reported to be twice as bad for us as being obese.

Who does loneliness affect?

Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone and everyone.  It’s not always who you might think.   Research by the Coop and British Red Cross has shown that whilst two thirds of the UK believe that ‘older people’ are most likely to experience loneliness, in reality it can impact all ages.  Continue reading Tackling loneliness



Make nuisance calls a thing of the past

BT Call Protect is a new call diverting service to prevent nuisance calls and is available for free to all existing and new BT home landline customers.

The service is the first of its kind in the UK and it could see up to 30 million nuisance calls a week (half of these coming from personal accident claims and PPI companies alone) automatically diverted before they reach customers.

To activate the free service call 0800 389 1572 from your BT landline or sign up via BT’s Call Protect webpage:   Once you sign up, it can take up to 24 hours for Call Protect to start working.



Thames Valley Police Alerts

Two more scam warnings

The first of these could be particularly harmful if you may be tempted to check an email on pedophiles (sic) or sexual predators in the area

If you receive a message with the following heading in your inbox stating it has been sent on behalf of "Neighborhood Alert" with the following information:   From: on behalf of Neighborhood Alert _Kids Live Safe:
Please do not click on any links,even one line as you will go through to a fraudulent email.  This message came through to a Co-ordinator in the Berkshire Area, stating it was from Neighborhood Alert. Note the spelling. The information from the heading states "Pedophile Alert in Your Area" "Neighborhood Safety Notice. Does a Sexual Predator live in your Neighborhood"  Please click here.   Please do not open.

Banking Scam

Following on from a recent increase of victims of this scam in the Chiltern area we would appreciate it if you could take the time to understand how this scam works. Continue reading Thames Valley Police Alerts



TVP campaign targetting rural crime

Between Monday 6 and Tuesday 28 February, Thames Valley Police is working with its partners on a campaign that targets rural crime affecting businesses and farms in our region. They need your support.

Events are taking place all across the Thames Valley aiming to help rural businesses to prevent themselves, their properties and in many cases their livelihoods, from becoming victims of crime.   Continue reading TVP campaign targetting rural crime



Thames Valley Police Alert

Shed and garage break ins

Recently Thames Valley Police have seen a large increase in number of garage and shed burglaries in the Chiltern & South Bucks area. These burglaries have predominantly taken place in the evenings and overnight, targeting items such as garden tools and sports equipment.

Please ensure that all garages and sheds are locked and checked that they are secure. We would also ask that you record any serial numbers & distinguishing marks on items in your garage or shed. This will assist police in identifying and returning items to their owners.  You can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team who can arrange a time to mark your property or pass you further crime prevention advice.  These details can be found on the Thames Valley Police website

If you witness anything suspicious and the person is still in the area please report it immediately by dialling 999.



School Journey Survey

Message from Bucks County Council

Closing date for responses 3 February 2017.

Buckinghamshire County Councillors on the Transport, Environment and Economy Select Committee are undertaking an inquiry into the use of cars to get children to and from schools in Bucks and how schools and communities can affect behaviour change to encourage people to adopt more sustainable travel options and reduce car use for the school journey.

With the planned housing growth across Buckinghamshire, school expansion and new school building, Members feel it may lead to worse congestion and parking around roads serving schools.  It is believed that enforcement at pinch points around school roads isn’t always the most effective solution, so Members want to look at other methods that do work.

In this inquiry members will be exploring alternative, healthier modes of travel to school to reduce the use of cars for the school journey.  They want to consider how a variety of sustainable travel initiatives already in place have changed travel-to-school habits, and whether these could be harnessed more widely.  Through hearing about what’s being done, what works, and what more can be done, Members want to understand the opportunities, challenges and barriers to encouraging sustainable travel for the school journey.

On the 7th and 8th February, the BCC Select Committee will hold two days of evidence gathering from head teachers, travel planning co-ordinators, Junior Road Safety Officers, police, fire service community safety officers, and national experts.

Members would like to provide Local Councillors/Community Representatives with the opportunity to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following survey to give your views, experiences and knowledge of the schools within your local areas.

A final inquiry report will be published at the end of March and recommendations made to the Cabinet in April.

Committee Members would be most grateful if you would be willing to input into the evidence gathering by completing the following very short survey.  The survey will provide Members with your views and experiences of school travel, examples of successful activity and the challenges that takes place with schools and communities within your areas.

You can complete the survey following this link:   The closing date for responses is the 3rd February.





Thames Valley Police Alert

Beat (some of) the fraudsters!

A message from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and 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 cerate 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 10 for £7.00 plus postage.

Please distribute this information to your family, neighbours and friends.   To order please contact :



Thames Valley Police Alert

Another scam – Payment diversion alert 
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect yourself

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040