Avon and Somerset Police have warned motorists to be mindful after a string of thefts invovling catalytic converters in the South Gloucestershire.

A police spokesman said: "We are asking motorists in South Gloucestershire to be mindful of their vehicle’s security following a number of catalytic converter thefts.

"We have received several reports in recent weeks of the items being stolen from cars.

"We would ask all drivers to take precautions to minimise the risk of their vehicle being targeted, including: Not leaving a car in an unattended car park overnight and if you need to park overnight on the road, choose a well-lit area.

"Several vehicles believed to be involved in the theft of catalytic converters have used false number plates, to try to avoid detection."

Therefore we urge any drivers who notice their number plate has been stolen to contact the police, on 101 or by using our online form, to help us with our enquiries.