A warehouse in Orton Southgate, in Peterborough, was broken into on two occasions and tools worth more than 700,000 were stolen.

The first incident took place on July 23, at about 11pm, when the gates were forced at the warehouse at an industrial estate.

The power tools were loaded onto the back of a lorry, which arrived at about 4am on July 24.

The property was targeted again, overnight on August 4. This time, the suspects smashed a hole in the side of the building and took £200,000 worth of power tools.

Officers believe these two incidents are linked and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Julie Ellison said: “We are appealing to anyone with information to please come forward.

“We are also urging people to be aware and inform us if they have been offered power tools recently.

“Finally, we are increasing patrols in the area and asking businesses to be vigilant and protect their properties as best they can. Advice on how to protect your business from burglars can be found on the dedicated pages of our website.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or report it online quoting reference 35/58744/23.