POLICE have launched an appeal after thousands of pounds worth of car parts were stolen in a spate of thefts across east and north Dorset.

A total of 19 catalytic converters have been taken from parked vehicles, many of them from Honda vehicles.

The thefts took place between September 11 and 24 in Wimborne, Verwood, Alderholt, Ferndown, Shaftesbury and Gillingham.

Sergeant Tim Travers, of East Dorset police, said: “These thefts have had a significant financial and personal impact on the victims who have been left to foot the bill to pay for new ones to be fitted while not being able to use their vehicles. It would appear that in a number of the incidents Honda vehicles have been targeted.

“We have a full investigation underway to identify the person or people responsible for these thefts. Our enquiries have centred around checking household CCTV systems in the event the offender or offenders have been caught on camera.

“I would like to remind residents in these areas to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to Dorset Police. I am also keen to hear from any residents who may have captured anything relevant to my investigation on CCTV.”

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55190148660 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.