An arrest has been made in connection with a number of tool thefts.

Police officers in Stoke Gifford this morning spotted a blue Citroen Picasso suspected of being involved in a number of recent incidents in which items have been stolen from vehicles.

When they attempted to stop the car on Coldharbour Lane, the occupants, got out and ran away on foot.

One man, in his 30s, has since been arrested while a search for the others involved is ongoing.

Inside the Picasso, which had false registration plates, were a number of power tools which are believed to have been stolen.

PC Ross Calderwood said: “We fully appreciate the detrimental impact this type of crime has on hardworking tradespeople.

“When vehicles are broken into they often need to be taken off the road for repair and tools need to be replaced resulting in periods in which people can’t work.

"Thanks to the keen eye of the officers out patrolling today, we’ve managed to arrest at least one man suspected of being involved in this type of crime and are now in the process of trying to reunite some of the recovered tools with their rightful owners.”

There have been a number of tool thefts in the Thornbury and Yate areas in recent months.

If you have recently had tools stolen from your vehicle call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5219085288.