Additional patrols have been launched in a seaside town after businesses and beach huts were broken into. 

The incidents occurred in Southwold overnight between Thursday, May 3 and Sunday, May 6, Suffolk police said.

Suffolk police believes three beach huts along the promenade were broken into, with fire extinguishers and a number of other items stolen from inside. 

On Saturday evening, between 11pm and 12am on Sunday, two businesses in North Parade and North Road were broken into. 

A safe was stolen from the first premises, while damage was caused at the second.

"Additional police patrols are taking place in the area and officers are appealing to members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity," said a Suffolk police spokesman.

Residents and businesses are also advised do all they can to keep their huts and premises secure.

Anyone with information about these incidents, or who believes they have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area at the time, is asked to contact the Halesworth Community Policing Team on 101.