THREE Ford Fiestas were last night stolen from outside properties across East Lothian.

The cars were taken from Tranent and Musselburgh some time between  Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Police have now warned Fiesta owners across the county to be "vigilant".

A red Fiesta with the registration plate SJ17 BLC was last seen on Fa'side Crescent in Tranent at about 8pm.

The following Fiestas were taken from Musselburgh: a grey Fiesta, registration plate SG16 UVV, was last seen on Campie Road at about 6.30pm and a blue one with the registration HX16 CTZ was parked in West Holmes Gardens at about 2pm yesterday.

The owner of the stolen car from West Holmes Gardens believes they saw flashing orange lights outside their home at 11pm last night.

Detective Sergeant Gavin Morrison, from Musselburgh CID, said: “We’re appealing for anyone with information about these thefts, which we believe to be linked, to come forward.

“Officers are carrying out enquiries in the areas and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, or people with CCTV footage near the streets in question, which may assist us in tracing the cars.

“At this time, I’d also want to advise other Ford owners in the area to take extra care securing your vehicles and to ensure you remain vigilant over the coming days.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting incidents 0420, 0460 and 0763 of January 20.

Alternatively, people can anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.