Warning after car is stolen

POLICE are reminding motorists not to leave vehicles defrosting with the engines running after a car was stolen in a Derbyshire town last week.

The warning comes after a BMW was taken from a driveway on Owlcotes View, Bolsover, at about 10.10am on Wednesday.

Police said the owner had started the engine and gone back inside her house to collect a bag while the car was defrosting.

Now officers are putting out a fresh reminder to residents to make sure they stay with their vehicle while they clear any ice or snow.

And they are appealing for information about a man who was seen in the area at the time.

He is described as white with short dark hair and he was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.

Community Safety Partnership Sergeant Paul Smith said: “Leaving your car running while it’s defrosting might seem like an easier option on these icy mornings, but it puts your vehicle at risk of being stolen by an opportunistic thief.

“It takes just a couple of seconds for someone to jump in and make off with your vehicle so the best advice is not to leave it unlocked or unattended with the engine running. Stay with your car at all times and be aware of any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with information about the incident in Bolsover should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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