Police are reminding householders to secure their homes and be on the look-out for burglars following two daytime break-ins in south-east Essex just before the start of the bank holiday weekend. Thieves stole over £3,000 worth of items and money while the owners were out for the day.
The first offence happened when burglars broke into a property opposite Southend University Hospital on Prittlewell Chase through an open window. Thieves stole jewellery, a laptop and foreign currency.
The second burglary took place at a flat on Eastwood Road near to its junction with Websters Way in Rayleigh. The thieves stole jewellery and tobacco after walking through an unlocked door.