RURAL residents have been urged to be on vigilant after a number of thefts.

West Mercia Police have been informed of several stone ornament thefts in rural locations around Wem.

A spokesman took to the North Shropshire Safer Neighbourhoods team Twitter page to issue advice to residents.

The spokesman said: "Please move expensive items close to your home, take photo's and consider security marking them."

Anyone with information on a crime can contact West Mercia Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.