FOUR people have been arrested after officers located a vehicle in the Southwick area believed to have been stolen during a burglary.

The vehicle, a Seat Leon, was located and recovered on Friday July 17. It’s believed it had been stolen two days earlier during an early hours burglary in Freshford.

Enquiries conducted by officers from the police Community Tasking Team have determined the burglary may also be linked to a burglary in Lower Westwood, on August 15 last year, where items of jewellery were stolen, as well as a series of vehicle break-ins where power tools have been stolen at various towns around the county.

On Friday, four males aged 17, 19, 19 and 23, from Bristol and Leicestershire, were arrested in the Southwick area on suspicion of burglary.

Enquiries are ongoing and they have since been released under investigation while these are carried out.

PC Tom Carver said: “As well as the Seat Leon which has been recovered as part of our enquiries, we have also seized an Audi S3 which we believe the group may have used to commit crime.

“These arrests are good examples of some of the work being undertaken within the force as part of Project Optimise – our collaborative approach to serious and organised crime in Wiltshire and Swindon.

"This incorporates many areas of the demand we see on a daily basis, including county lines, modern slavery and can also include high value burglaries.”

Anyone with further information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54200069148.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.