POLICE are warning motorists to be vigilant after a number of thefts across Herefordshire.

Officers in Leominster and Ross-on-Wye said they have seen a spate of catalytic converter thefts from cars parked in car parks and commercial areas in the towns.

Catalytic converters contain small amounts of precious metals, which can be sold for high prices, and can be cut from the underside of the car in a matter of minutes, making them a popular target for thieves.

"In most cases, the theft is not noticed until the engine is started," a police spokesperson said.

"If you see anyone hanging around vehicles, or see any catalytic converters for sale, please get in touch with us."

Police advise drivers to park, if possible, close to fences, walls or a kerb in order to make the theft more difficult.

When parking in a public car park, police suggest parking alongside other cars and facing your bonnet towards the wall.

It is also recommended that if your catalytic converter is bolted on, ask your local garage to weld the bolts in order to make it harder to remove.

If you have any information which could help be related to the incidents, or see anything suspicious, contact police on 101.