There have been some Police alerts about break-ins in the area of late, but as these have been in places some distance from Stroud, we haven’t considered them to be relevant. However, word reaches us that on Wednesday night (20th December) cars in Finchmead Lane and in The Close in Langrish were rifled through looking for anything of value. No cars or buildings were forced into only open ones were targeted. Common sense suggests that our residents know better than to leave cars unlocked, but it is easy to overlook this. So, lock your car every time, check your sheds and garages, and don’t leave valuables lying about in gardens.