A MAN has been arrested after a series of thefts from vehicles across the New Forest.

Officers investigating the thefts have arrested a 44-year-old man from Totton.

Hampshire Constabulary says that since the beginning of August there has been an increase in theft from motor vehicles – predominantly work vans being targeted – in the Ringwood and Hythe areas.

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A police spokesperson said: "A person of interest was identified by officers as driving a blue Renault Megane, which was stopped by specialist officers yesterday (26 August) in Hammond Lane, Totton.

"Upon searching the vehicle, a wide-range of tools were located which are being linked to these burglaries.

"A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary. He remains in police custody at this time."