JEWELLERY, handbags and shoes are being targeted in a spate of burglaries in south Oxfordshire.

Over the last month there have been seven break ins during the day at homes in Nettlebed, Sonning Common, Kidmore End, Highmoor and Dunsden Green, which police are treating as linked.

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Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Francesca Jarvis, based at Abingdon police station, said the thefts, which focused on jewellery and high-value items, were ‘understandably concerning’ to people in the area.

She added: “I believe offenders are using the B481 road as a main thoroughfare to access properties in the area.

"Residents are encouraged to continue to be our extra eyes and ears.

"If you see someone acting suspiciously or notice a suspicious vehicle in the area, please call Thames Valley Police on 101 or report online quoting reference 43190339224."