The police are reporting two break-ins overnight, between 0300 and 0530, of two local businesses.

An attempt was made to steal cigarettes from the cabinet at the petrol station on Church Street. A drain cover was stolen from near Mulberry Mead which was used in this ultimately unsuccessful break-in. Following this, the Brockenhurst Estate Agency in The Square was broken into via the front door, and a computer laptop was taken.

PC Paula Deery said, “This is similar to cigarette breaks that have occurred in Basingstoke recently which is being investigated by CID. This [couple of break-ins] doesn’t appear to be local people but an organised group that are travelling through the area.”

If anyone has any information of anyone or suspicious vehicles seen between 0300 and 0530 please contact the Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 0845 045 45 45, via Email on basingstoke.rural.snt@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or online using the postcode search at www.hampshire.police.uk