POLICE have warned boaters in Oxford to be extra vigilant after a rise in canal boat burglaries over the last month.

The offences have all occurred between 4pm and 11pm, with cash, a laptops, earrings, a pocket knife, bottles of alcohol and an antique watch stolen.

Police say the latest burglary happened on Saturday between 6:15pm and 8:30pm near the Walton Bridge Moorings, Walton Well Road, North Oxford.

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Boaters are advised to consider fitting an alarm and to always keep their boat locked when no-one is on board.

Anyone with information should call 101 crime reference number 43190065828.