CARS in villages across West Oxfordshire have been targeted by thieves for their number plates.

A police alert issued today said between Friday and Tuesday there had been thefts in Bampton, Clanfield, Lechlade and Alvescot.

It said on four occasions number plates were stolen and on the fifth wheel trims.

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The alert added: "The stolen number plates are likely to be used in crime to disguise another vehicle."

Police advised using 'anti-theft screws' on number plates and parking in well-lit areas.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.