Tradesmen in Shaftesbury are being encouraged to remove tools from vans after a serious of Easter weekend vehicle thefts. 

Residents in in the town raised concerns with police officers over the thefts at a Community Contact Point on the High Street.

Dorset Police holds the contact points across the county and ask residents to approach them with concerns they may have about crime in their local communities.

Officers were on the High Street in Shaftesbury on Thursday, April 4 with members of the public highlighting anti-social behaviour as well as the vehicle thefts as a concern.

A spokesperson for North Dorset police said: "A number of concerns were raised concerning parking, anti social behaviour, security, and break ins to vans over the Easter weekend.

"If you were the victim of a vehicle break in in the last week, please report it via 101 or our police website. We are keen to hear from you.

"If you are a tradesman, we would encourage you to remove any high value tools or materials from your vans overnight, as well as considering installing additional locks and CCTV to your vehicles."