Criminal gangs are targeting parked Vauxhall Corsas and stripping them for parts.
Unsuspecting owners are returning to their parked vehicles to find, in some cases, the entire front ends of their cars missing.
The problem has seen parts stripped from about 500 Vauxhalls by so-called ‘Corsa cannibals’ in the last two years.
Sveral owners have found bonnets, bumpers, headlights, side panels and other components have gone missing in the night.
The gang is targeting red sports models, in particular, parked on driveways and streets in the early hours of the morning.
Owners are now being warned to be extra vigilant by police after cars have been left unrecognisable.
A police spokesman said: “If you are the owner of a Vauxhall Corsa, particularly one of the sporty models which have been heavily targeted, please be vigilant.
“Make sure that you park your car in a garage or on a driveway if you have them, or if not try to park in a well lit area.”