POLICE have launched a search for a blue BMW after nine cars were targeted by thieves yesterday afternoon.

Officers say vehicles were broken into at Chase Mill, in Winchester Road, Bishop's Waltham, between 3.20pm and 3.45pm on Wednesday, March 21.

Vehicle windows were smashed and bags, clothing and a toolbox were among the items taken during the four thefts and five attempted thefts.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: "We are particularly keen to trace a blue BMW with 53 plates that was seen in the Winchester Road area of Waltham Chase at the time."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference '44180106230', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.