POLICE officers will discuss the recent spate of burglaries that have hit the Eastleigh area at an upcoming surgery.

PCSO Helen Reese and PCSO Sue Heywood are visiting the Fair Oak Parish Council Office, Botley Road, to talk about concerns in the community and inform residents how the Eastleigh East and West police team are tackling the issue.

They will also offer crime prevention advice and reassurance to those who attend.

It comes after two businesses were targeted during a string of burglaries in a two-week crime spree across Eastleigh last month.

This includes Park Pharmacy in Pilgrims Close, Chandler’s Ford and Formula One Autocentres in Tollbar way, Hedge End.

A 21-year-old man from Bursledon was arrested by police on suspicion of three counts of burglary in November, which also followed a break in at Ali’s Kebab Grill and Pizza House in Gudge Heath Lane, Fareham.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “The 21-year-old man has now been bailed and enquiries are ongoing. Officers are also investigating whether any other burglaries in these areas and Eastleigh, between September 29 and November 25, are linked.

"Beat surgeries are something our officers regularly do within their respective communities, helping them get to know the people living in the area they serve and allowing them to understand any concerns people have and provide advice, including crime prevention advice."

Since late September there has been a number of instances of overnight burglaries to businesses in the area and cash tins, safes and tills have been targeted.

This includes two burglaries at Tesco Express at the Esso petrol station, in Eastleigh, on October 4 and 17.

The surgery is taking place from 10am to 12pm on Saturday December 14.