POLICE have urged drivers to remove valuables from their vehicles following a spate of vandalism attacks in Worcester.

Taxi drivers in Worcester spoke to the Worcester News after a spate of taxis had been targeted by thieves or vandals.

Over six days, 27 taxis were reported damaged from February 1.

Police have said the vandalism attacks happened in hours of darkness and were untidy searches of the vehicles.

These offences were around Battenhall, Ronkswood and one case in Northwick, Worcester.

Sgt Carl Jones said: “I would urge all car drivers including taxi drivers, to remove valuables from their vehicles and view and I encourage the public to report any suspicious nocturnal behaviour via 101.”

PC Allan Figueiredo said: “We have received numerous reports of vehicles, both taxis and private, being targeted and items stolen from within or damaged.

“The reports mainly consist of people trying vehicle doors to check if they’re left open and then rummaging through the vehicles.

“We would encourage all vehicle users to remove valuables and ensure that their vehicles are locked when not in use. The offences appear to be carried out in the hours of darkness and have happened in various parts of the city.

“We would also like people to ring 101 if they see any people acting suspiciously in and around vehicles in their neighbourhoods.

“The safer neighbourhood teams are actively carrying out patrols in an overt and covert capacity and will utilise our stop and search powers if people are encountered.

“We would also encourage people to check their CCTV systems for any footage that they may have if they become aware of an offence happening near them.”

If you saw anything suspicious or have CCTV footage to show the police, call them on 101 and quote the crime reference number 22/11800/20.