Police have issued a warning to vehicle owners in Carlisle following a spate of thefts in the past week.

One car was stolen while other vehicles have been broken into and had items stolen.

The stolen car was a white Skoda Rapid, registration number PX64 XAS, which was parked on Welsh Road, Harraby.

It was stolen overnight, between January 5 and 6.

The other incidents all saw property stolen from vehicles in the west of the city.

Clothing and a phone charger were taken from a Mazda 3, parked on Newlaithes Avenue, Morton.

It happened overnight between January 7 and 8.

The same night electrical equipment, including a sat nav device, was stolen from a Volkswagen Passat, parked on Richardson Street, Denton Holme.

The following evening, between January 8 and 9, tools were stolen from a grey Vauxhall Astra, also parked on Newlaithes Avenue.

Sergeant Scott Adams said: “Enquiries are ongoing to investigate each incident in order to catch offenders but we need motorists to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to remove any valuables from their vehicles when leaving them parked and to ensure vehicles are properly locked. Don’t just rely on your key fob and the sound of the locks engaging, make sure the doors and boot are locked by double checking them by hand.

“Also take care where you place car keys, do not leave them next to letter boxes or in areas that could be easily accessed by criminals.”

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact Cumbria Police on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.