Police are warning residents to be on their guard after a string of burglaries.

Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, cash and electronics have been stolen during the break-ins, which have mainly happened during the day.

Among the victims have been Halstead paramedic Neil Smith, whose home was raided while he was out on a 999 call.

Sgt Dave Wright believes the burglars are travelling in from outside the area, with many of the targeted homes close to the A131.

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