SLEDGEHAMMER-WIELDING burglars smashed their way into two businesses.

The raiders struck shortly before 2.50am on August 14.

The burglars broke into the Co-operative store and Post Office on Market Place in Fairford.

Several thousand pounds worth of stamps was taken from the Post Office.

Nothing is believed to have been taken from the supermarket. T

The window of a hairdressers was also smashed by the offenders before they made off in a grey Volkswagen Golf.

The car was fitted with number plates stolen from another Volkswagen Golf earlier in the day in Park Street, Fairford.

A full investigation, including forensic and house to house enquiries, is under way.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to call 101 and quote incident 34 of August 14.

In particular, officers want to hear from anyone who saw the incidents, the theft of the number plates or anything suspicious in the area before the burglaries. They are also asking if anyone has CCTV footage that may be relevant.