THIEVES ran away with charity boxes after breaking into a business in Cirencester.

The burglary happened overnight between December 29 and 30 in Ashcroft Road.

A rear first floor window was smashed to gain entry and the offender used the fire escape to access that window.

The property was searched. No items of value were kept overnight, but that did not stop the thief stealing a couple of charity boxes with up to £10 in cash.

There was another similar attempted burglary of a business in Ashcroft Road. The crime happened between 4pm on December 29 and 9am on December 30.

The offender attempted to force open the fire escape, which was unsuccessful but caused damage to a pane of glass to the fire escape door. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

If you have any information about any of these incidences, call 101 and quote incident 88 or incident 93 of December 30, respectively.