Kendal police are warning the public to make sure stables and sheds are secure after a spate of burglaries in the area.

Ten saddles were stolen from a private rural yard at Birkrigg Park, Stainton, Cumbria between midnight and 6.30am on Wednesday 3 December.

The burglars accessed the yard through unsecured gates and broke into two locked tack rooms.

They took 10 saddles worth more than £6,000. Three of the saddles were valued at £900 each.

The stables were next to the owner’s house.

The burglary follows two others in the Kendal area with thieves stealing a 40inch Sony television from a private house, and a garage broken into.

The police are urging members of the public to increase security, keep everything locked at all times and not leave keys to sheds or stables were they can be easily found.

Inspector Paul Latham, Kendal neighbourhood policing team, said: “Officers are currently investigating a number of burglaries and we ask for anyone with information to get in touch.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind those who hold expensive equipment in sheds, garages or stables to be vigilant in their security processes. Security should not be an after-thought, protecting property now can help to prevent heartache in the future. Investing in security alarms can help deter thieves and help give some peace of mind.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from Kendal Police Station. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.