Catalytic converters targeted for scrap in Surrey

Drivers are being warned to be vigilant after a series of thefts of catalytic converters across Surrey.

Police said thieves were mostly targeting Peugeot and Citroen petrol cars which were usually fitted with two catalytic converters.

They were operating in large car parks such as those attached to supermarkets, officers said.

Spokesmen said the devices, which cost over £1,000 to replace, were being targeted because of their scrap value.

In the last three weeks, thefts have taken place in Tesco's car park in Staines Road West, Sunbury; Two Rivers Retail Park, Staines; Sainsbury's car park in Guildford Street, Chertsey; and Marks and Spencer in Barnes Wallace Drive, Weybridge.

Other vehicles were targeted in Church Road, East Molesey; Heriot Road, Chertsey and London Road, Virginia Water.

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