A WARNING has been issued by police after thieves have been targeting vehicles in New Forest car parks.

Police say two handbags were taken from cars parked in Fritham and Andrews Mare car parks this week.

Officers say both of the bags had been "hidden" - one under a coat and the other under the back seat.

A police spokesman said: "Please don't leave anything valuable inside your car and don't hide anything either because you never know who is watching you.

"Both of this week's victims have all been visitors to our area so it helps to spread the word far and wide."