A RISE in parcel thefts in the town has led police to urge online shoppers in the area to be careful.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) Reading said parcels are being taken from front porches, post boxes or communal reception areas during a spate of recent thefts.

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Warning locals on Twitter, the force said: "We are currently experiencing a rise in parcel thefts from front porches, post boxes or communal reception areas.

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"If you are getting anything delivered please ensure that if you are not in you request a safe place for these to be left (such as a neighbour) and not chancing it."