A man has been arrested after Richmond vehicles have been targeted for catalytic converters.

In the early hours of this morning (Wednesday), "several" vehicles were targeted according to police.

One man has been arrested.

What are catalytic converters?

Catalytic converters are devices fitted to vehicle exhausts to reduce the amount of dangerous gases emitted.

They are often targeted by thieves as they contain valuable metals and can be removed in less than a minute.

Catalytic converter theft most frequently occurs in car parks, but they can happen anywhere.

Thieves may then sell these converters via scrapyards, online, or ship them out of the country.

Hybrid vehicles are most commonly targeted, as their metals are more valuable, but any vehicle can be at risk of catalytic converter theft.

Signs a catalytic converter theft is being committed:

- A vehicle being raised using a car jack in a car park or residential area

- A loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle