POLICE are urging people in South Gloucestershire to look out for their elderly neighbours after a spate of burglaries this week.

Seven burglaries and an attempted break-in were reported to police in just two days, between on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday 12, in Almondsbury, Cadbury Heath, Kingswood, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

Stolen items included handbags, jewellery, cash and Euros. Many of the victims were pensioners.

Two white men in their early 20s are suspected by police. They are approximately 5ft 8in tall and have local accents. They were wearing dark clothing at the time of the incidents. One is said to be stocky, while the other is of average build.

DC Nadine Partridge said: "These break-ins have all happened between 6pm and 10pm and in each case the front door has been forced. Obviously we're investigating the possibility that they are linked, while keeping an open mind. What we need people to do is to call 999 immediately if they notice anyone behaving suspiciously around front doors."

In some cases, the culprits claimed to be ‘security ‘ or police officers.

DC Partridge added: "These men have been wearing hats and scarves to conceal their faces. Police officers will always have their identification with them and if you are in any doubt call 101 immediately."

If you have any information which could help police call South Gloucestershire CID on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Officers are advising residents to lock up and set their alarm at night and when they are out.