POLICE are warning householders to be on their guard following a spate of break-ins in the Ryedale area.

They are appealing for information following four burglaries of outbuildings in Cropton and Fadmoor on the edge of the North York Moors.

Three locked garages at the same property were broken into in the village of Cropton, although nothing was stolen. The burglars then entered an insecure outbuilding at a neighbouring property where they stole an amount of foreign currency.

In Fadmoor, two sheds situated at a property on Main Street were broken into, however, nothing was stolen. In another break-in, burglars entered an insecure business premises on the Green, Fadmoor and took a small amount of cash.

PC Tim Welford said: “Thankfully the thieves did not get away with a great deal on this occasion but residents need to be on their guard and ensure they secure valuable items out of sight with adequate security and ensure they keep their homes and outbuildings locked, even when they are at home.”

Anyone with any information about the burglaries is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Tim Welford or e-mail tim.welford@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk Crimestoppers can also be contacted, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.