DRIVERS have been urged to chain and padlock their items to the inside of their vans following a spate of burglaries in Whitley.

Thames Valley Police has alerted residents to a high number of vehicle thefts which have taken place over the past two days.

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They have warned van owners to "mark belongings and not leave tools in vehicles unattended".

The force tweeted: "Chain & padlock items to the inside of the van & consider a Van Vault. Park near CCTV & fit a Thatcham Cat1 alarm."