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This message is dated Wednesday 10th October 2018 - Ascot

Alert message sent 10/10/2018 12:44:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 10th October 2018 for Ascot.


Please remember the date for your diary, if you have a bike - Bike marking event at Ascot Train Station, Monday 15th October between 4 p.m. / 7.30 p.m.



The Action Fraud website and reporting tool, has had a major revamp, making it is easier to report online !


Action Fraud, provides a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime, as well as the place to report Frauds.




Monday was the start of two weeks of activity, aimed at raising awareness of ‘Hate Crime’, as part of the force’s ongoing ‘Hidden Harm’ campaign.


We want to help everyone, to understand exactly what a Hate Crime is and encourage victims and witnesses, to come forward and report this type of abuse.


The campaign aims to raise public awareness of all types of Hate Crime, reminding people that we will not tolerate, any kind of abuse.


Local support is vital to the campaign's success, so please help spread our messages where possible.


Posters and leaflets (pictured below) are available as well partner packs for sharing with local contacts.



If you want a pack, please let me know.


Summary and Definition of a ‘Hate Crime’


The CPS state that ‘nobody should feel like they are being picked on, singled out, or mistreated, because of who they are, or because they belong to a particular group’.  A Hate Incident, or a Hate Crime, creates fear and humiliation, where there is hostility to an individual.


Hate Crime can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks, such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson.
  • Threats of attack, including offensive letters, abusive, or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded, malicious complaints.
  • Verbal abuse, insults or harassment - taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes, or through letterboxes, and bullying at school, or in the workplace.


A Hate incident, is defined as any non-crime incident, perceived by the victim, to be motivated by race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, or transgender.

A Hate crime, is defined as any criminal offence, perceived by the victim, to be motivated by a hostility, or prejudice, based on a person’s role, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender.


Communications via social media can on its own, be, or contribute to, a Hate Crime or Hate Incident by way of harassment, stalking, or the distribution of written, or visual images.


There are four categories of ‘cyber communication offences’, as follows:

1. Communications that may constitute threats of violence to a person, or property.

2. Communications targeting specific individuals.

3. Communications that may breach a court order or statutory prohibition.

4. Communications which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false.


There is no requirement for communications to reach the intended recipient, or for them to be offended, once it is received.


Communications Act 2003

Section 127, refers to an individual sending a public electronic communication, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety, to another. This includes:

  • Sending a message, known to be false.
  • Publishing, or sending material that is grossly offensive, indecent, or of an obscene, or menacing character.
  • Persistently sending, or publishing, material that may cause an offence, or harm, to another.

A person found guilty, can be subject to imprisonment for a maximum of 6 months.


Malicious Communications Act 1988

Section 1, discusses any article, or electronic communication, which is in whole or part, of an indecent, or grossly offensive nature, which causes distress or anxiety, to the recipient, or to any other person, who is subject to the communication. A person guilty of this offence, can be subject to imprisonment, for a maximum of 2 years.


I hope this brief outline helps.



I put a message out from Julietta, who wanted a ‘Common Sense’ course for her daughter ??


I have had this response from Leo:


Good Afternoon Jeff


I run a local martial arts club in Windsor NFM.  We are very interested in helping out. I know they said they did not want to join permanently, which is not a problem, we are happy to set up a class just for this event.


Kind Regards



If anyone else would like their young children - early teenagers - to share this experience, just let me know.  I can probably get PC Graham Slater to attend to do an input on online safety / sexting, along with a representative of the safeguarding Team who can talks about the issues around CSE and trafficking - (a person can be ‘trafficked’ if they are taken from a pub / club, to a nearby car park !).  I may even be able to get Theresa Allen who is a Young Person’s Substance Misuse Worker - Both Graham & Theresa are brilliant.  They talk to them, exactly at their level !


As Leo has named this project a ‘Youth Safety Roadshow’.  For me to progress this, I need to know if it is viable, numbers wise ?  Over to you.









9/10 - 10/10  Tuesday 6 p.m. / Wednesday 8 a.m.  Car entered and a mobile phone stolen.  No more details at this time.









I am afraid the PEC are slow to answer at the moment - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:





Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.




‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.


‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.


‘For more information follow this link:


Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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