Tradesmen across the Cotswolds have been targeted by a spate of tool thefts.

Officers reported receiving an 'unusually high number of incidents over the past weekend'.

Northleach was one of areas targeted, with three thefts in the space of one day.

On Sunday, April 7, a grey Mitsubishi L200 containing tools with the number plate WR57 GUW was stolen.

Thieves also stole tools from two vehicles parked in the town on the same day.

In the National Trust car park in Sherbourne on Friday, April 5, thieves broke into a car and stole a handbag.

Ebrington was also targeted, with two attacks in two days.

On Friday, April 5, a trailer and tools were stolen from a vehicle and on Sunday, April 7, two vehicles were stolen following a burglary.

A Blue BMW M140 with the number plate LJ67 XVX and a Grey Audi A3 sport with the number plate KS58 AXP.

Keys for both cars were stolen in a burglary.

A Gloucestershire spokesperson said: "We are advising residents not to leave valuables in vehicles either at isolated car parks of outside their homes.

"Vehicles have been mainly targeted for tool thefts that cost the owner thousands of pounds to replace.

"High powered vehicles are being stolen by organised crime groups to use in further crime.

"We are advising that keys are not left on show in homes near to where cars are parked on driveways.

"It is best to either buy a key protection bag for keyless entry cars (available from police stations) or hide the keys."