Cars stolen from driveways in three different towns have been used by armed robbers who looted shops in Bucks.

There have been three armed robberies this month that Thames Valley Police think are all linked.

The first was at about 7.25am on May 4 at McColls in Iver Heath. Three men armed with knives and entered the store and threatened staff before stealing cigarettes and money.

The second happened at about 6.45am on May 10 at Martins Newsagent in Chenies Parade, Little Chalfont. Again, three men armed with knives threatened staff before stealing cigarettes and cash.

The final robbery took place at about 7.25am at McColls in Beaconsfield, and followed the same process as the first two incidents.

Police think cars stolen from driveways in Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough were used by the robbers.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Tracey Smyth, based at Slough police station, said: “We believe that these incidents are linked, and I would like to appeal to anyone who has any information which they think could relate to any of them to get in touch.

“These were terrifying incidents for the victims, so if you know anything about these offences, or have any knowledge of people selling cheap cigarettes at the moment, then please contact us.

“I would also like to remind people of the importance of locking their doors and windows at night, especially during the summer months, in order to protect their property from thieves.

“If you have any information which you think could be relevant, please call Thames Valley Police on 101, or make a report online.”