POLICE have said they will continue daily patrols as they look for a silver Ford Mondeo though to be linked to a spate of van thefts.

Officers stepped up patrols after 42 vans were broken in to in Patcham between October 25 and November 7.

during October, but said there had been only been one theft and one attempted theft in the past fortnight.

Sergeant James Ward said: “I am really pleased with the work that has been done in Patcham as there has been a drop in the spate we were seeing. We’ve spoken to a lot of residents during this time and their reaction has been really positive.

“We have continued our daily patrols in the area and during our activity. It has been reported to us that a silver or grey Ford Mondeo has been seen acting suspiciously in the area. We are asking people to keep an eye out and let us know if they see anything suspicious.

Sgt Ward said they were linking the thefts and urged anyone with information on the thefts to contact police.