Police are warning car owners not to leave valuables in their cars after a spate of break-ins in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Four cars have been broken into in the past week, with stereos, sat navs and even a set of car keys being stolen.

The break-ins are not limited to one area, with reports of incidents in Badger Close and Longfellow Crescent since the start of January.

The warning comes as police in West Swindon urge homeowners to take precautions to stop themselves becoming victims of a gang that has struck 22 times since December 16. The gang had looted 17 cars and it is uncertain whether the incidents there and in Royal Wootton Basset are related.

Sergeant Martin Alvis, of WIltshire Police said: “We have had a number of car break-ins around the area, mainly concentrated on Wootton Bassett in the last week. Can we ask everyone to keep their eyes peeled. We need your assistance to catch the people responsible.”

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.