POLICE are hunting for a man in connection to five shed burglaries across the Test Valley district.

Five properties were broken into in the villages of Lockerley and West Tytherley between February 7 and February 9.

Officers are treating these incidents as linked and have been carrying out "reassurance patrols" in these areas.

Now, they have appealed to the public for information to try and identify a man seen in the West Tytherley area on February 8.

The man is described as being white, in his late 40's, around 5ft 6ins tall with grey or dirty blonde hair and a large belly.

He was described as wearing a checked shirt and blue trousers, before getting into a white Ford Transit flatbed truck.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: "We are appealing for information following five reports of burglaries in the Lockerley and West Tytherley areas.

"These incidents are being treated as linked. Our officers are making enquiries and have been carrying out reassurance patrols in these areas. As part of our enquiries, we are keen to identify a man seen in the West Tytherley area on Saturday 8 February.

Three of the incidents took place on Church Lane, between 3am and 4am on Sunday February 9, where sheds were broken into and garden machinery was stolen.

Then two men were seen attempting to break into a shed at an address in Beales Court at around 3.50am on the same day, but after being disturbed they ran off without stealing anything.

The fifth incident took place some time between 9.30am on Friday February 7 and 8.30am on Sunday February 9, at an address on Pendle Green.

A shed was broken into but nothing was stolen.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 44200050461, or alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.