BURGLARS who smashed through the door of a West Parley home stole keys and a car parked outside.

Now police are appealing for witnesses.

Between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday April 28 the rear doors of a property in Christchurch Road were smashed and entry was gained.

The keys to a black Kia Sportage with the number plate FN15 TEV were stolen, along with the vehicle itself, which has a yellow sticker in the rear window with wording similar to ‘princess on board’. Items of jewellery and cash were also stolen.

Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Perry, of North and East Dorset police, said: "Officers have been carrying out searches of the area to try and locate the stolen vehicle, but these have so far proved unsuccessful.

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"I am appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area, or captured anything of relevance on home CCTV or dashcam footage, to please get in touch.

"It is possible that the vehicle could now be altered or using false plates. However, I would also be really keen to hear from anyone who has seen a Kia Sportage matching the description given parked up in their area."

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55210066690, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.