Police are urging residents to seek extra security after a spate of oil thefts.

In the early hours of last Thursday morning, thieves stole heating oil from an oil tank at a property in Nounsley Road, Hatfield Peverel.

It is believed suspects have gained access through a field next door.

For crime prevention advice, call the Crime Reduction Officer at Braintree Police station on 101.

Anyone with information relating to the crime should call Braintree Police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.