POLICE in Barnstaple have increased uniformed and plain clothed patrols in Forches, Whiddon Valley and Newport in response to a recent rise in overnight vehicle crime. Police dog handlers and traffic officers will also be making extra patrols due to the

POLICE in Barnstaple have increased uniformed and plain clothed patrols in Forches, Whiddon Valley and Newport in response to a recent rise in overnight vehicle crime.

Police dog handlers and traffic officers will also be making extra patrols due to the "small" rise in incidents in these areas.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in the area are also in the process of sending letters to motorists who have left property on view, making their cars more vulnerable to thieves.

Sergeant Paul Jones said: "I want to reassure residents that we are already taking positive action in a number of ways which have proved successful in a short space of time.

"However, if anybody has any information relating to these incidents than I would encourage them to contact us on 08452 777444 or alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. This will only build on the good work done already."

To date, one man has been arrested for theft of a car radio and has been dealt with through the criminal justice system.