Police in de-icing thefts warning

POLICE have warned drivers not to leave their cars unattended while de-icing them.

The force made the warning as the mercury dropped this week.

The cold weather led to opportunist thefts elsewhere in the county, sparking the advice.

“This is an annual problem and cars are stolen in this way every year as thieves patrol residential areas in the morning on the lookout for opportunities,” said a spokesperson for the force.

“Officers are appealing for drivers to always stay with their cars if the engine is running.

“We are also pointing out that to leave them running unattended, also known as “quitting”, is actually a criminal offence,” they added.