Police are appealing for information about the theft of more than 300 trolleys from a North Worcestershire supermarket.

Asda has reported around 320 trolleys being stolen from its Bromsgrove store in the run-up to Christmas. The trolleys are worth around £100 each, leaving the supermarket with a £32,000 bill.

The supermarket took a delivery of 500 new trolleys in November, but discovered shortly before Christmas that only 120 were left.

It is believed the trolleys have been picked up after being abandoned by shoppers in nearby streets. Officers believe they have been loaded into a white panel van in streets in the Sidemoor area, including Rowan Close, to the rear of the Asda store. Due to the quantity of trolleys stolen, this would have happened on a number of different occasions.

PC Matt Hunt of West Mercia Police said: “Shopping trolleys are obviously valuable to metal thieves.

“Unfortunately, trolley thefts affect us all in terms of rising shopping bills, and so we are urging people to be vigilant.

“We are also appealing to shoppers to always return trolleys after use. They should not be taken off supermarket car parks, as abandoning them in roads, on footpaths and gardens not only makes it easier for thieves, but looks unsightly.”

West Mercia Police’s Project Livewire is tackling the problem of metal theft across the force area.

Anyone with information about trolley thefts should contact PC Hunt on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 376-s-171211 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555111.