Thieves stole a mobile phone, which was left on top of a handbag in the front seat of a car.

The iPhone 4 was taken from an unlocked blue Ford Mondeo between 12.30am and 9.50pm in Kelvedon Road, Kelvedon on Saturday.

Sergeant Martin Richards, of Braintree Police, said: “We would like to remind vehicle owners of the need to lock their vehicles and not to leave valuable items either on show or in their vehicles at all.”