Police are urging people to be vigilant following reports of cold calling and doorstep selling.

Oswestry officers have been informed of several incidents in the last week.

Around 10.40am on Tuesday, January 23, a group of males claiming to be from Middlesborough, were reported to be cold calling and doorstep selling in Whittington Road, Fox's Field, and elsewhere in Gobowen (0209s 230118).

Two males claiming to sell fish were reported to be calling on householders in the Lutton Close area of Oswestry at around 3.45pm on Monday, January 22 (0452s 220118).

And doorstep sellers were reported in Cambrian Drive, Oswestry, around mid morning on Tuesday, January 23.

A spokesperson for Oswestry's Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "Please remind neighbours to be vigilant, to be cautious when purchasing goods or services from strangers on doorsteps, and to report any suspicions to local police as soon as possible."

Anyone with information about the above incidents is asked to call 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111 quoting the relevant incident reference number.

Police are also investigating:

- between 12noon on Monday, January 22 and 9am, the following day, a house in Jasmine Gardens, Oswestry was broken into. Damage was done, a tap was left running, and cash and personal documents were taken (0125s 230118).

- over the weekend between Saturday, January 20 and Monday, January 22, a fenced building site in Holyhead Road, West Felton, was raided and a steel container was broken into. A large number of power tools including various Stihl saws, generators and compaction tools, and copper cable were stolen (0096s 220118).

- a garden shed in Whittington was broken into between Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18 (0427s 180118).

- items including the SD card for a sat nav, were taken from a vehicle in Holbache Road, Oswestry, between 6.30pm on Wednesday, January 17 and 8am, the following day (0508s 170118).

- between 12noon and 1pm on Thursday, January 18, high value scrap metals were stolen from a driveway off St Martins Road, Rhewl, Gobowen. A neighbour reported seeing two males with a van in the vicinity, both were described as in their mid 20s, one was short and plump and the other was tall and slim (0631s 180118).

- overnight between Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19, a fenced compound at a sewage treatment plant at Park Hall was broken into. Fuel was drained from plant machines and an attempt made to steal from a secured fuel tank (0261s 190118).

- three heavy stone troughs used as planters in a garden near Morton, Oswestry, were stolen between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Thursday, January 19 (0508s 170118).

A police spokesperson said: "Similar thefts from gardens in Shropshire are also being reported. Please ensure that valuable garden ornaments are appropriately security marked. Ask your local police for advice."