Friday, January 22, 2021 
COVID-19 updates and information for Bracknell Forest 
You must continue to play your part and stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect our loved ones, the NHS and save lives...
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Thursday, January 21, 2021 
NEWS RELEASE - Walk-through COVID-19 testing centre opens at Bracknell Leisure Centre 
A walk-through COVID-19 testing facility opened this afternoon (Thursday) at Bracknell Leisure Centre, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute...
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Saturday, January 16, 2021 
PUBLIC LETTER: Open letter urging the public to stay safe and use the right services 
To all residents of Bracknell Forest,
Thank you for the support you have shown the NHS and social care during this pandemic. We are writing to you to ask for your help to keep our communities safe.

You will be aware that we are under a national lockdown as a result of significant increases in the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19. Our local community has high levels of infection and cases are still rising...
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Monday, January 11, 2021 
COVID-19 Vaccination Scam 
As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:
• ask for your bank account or card details
• ask for your PIN or banking passwords
• arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
• ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge. If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. (Link below)
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Friday, January 08, 2021 
THAMES VALLEY POLICE: Lockdown in the Thames Valley 
Message sent on behalf of Chief Superintendent Robert France, Gold Commander for Thames Valley Police’s response to Coronavirus.

“As you will all be aware here in the Thames Valley and nationally we have now entered a period of lockdown to help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus...
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Tuesday, January 05, 2021 
NEWS RELEASE - Tribute to James (Jim) Finnie - Freeman of the Borough 
It is with great fondness that Bracknell Forest Council remembers the life and contribution of James (Jim) Finnie - a Freeman of the Borough, former long-serving councillor and former Mayor - who very sadly died on 2 January at the age of 83...
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Monday, January 04, 2021 
THAMES VALLEY POLICE: Proposed front counter provision 
Have your say on the future of our front counters.

We are currently seeking your views on the future of our front counter provision across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

We’ve launched a public consultation to hear what you think about our plans which have been developed to address the further savings the force needs to make.

Decisions such as these are very difficult – therefore it is very important we hear the views of as many of our residents, businesses and partners across the diverse communities we serve.
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Thursday, December 31, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE - Bracknell Forest Schools - January return information 
The council is providing further clarity on the return of pupils to the borough’s schools in January following the education secretary’s announcement on 30 December...
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