Thieves are targeting pubs and restaurants in this area to steal cooking oil.
Thieves are targeting an unlikely commodity in Essex - containers full of old, used cooking oil!
Over the last couple of weeks Essex police have received a number of reports of used cooking oil being being stolen from outside local hotels, restaurants and pubs while awaiting collection.
Although the oil is used, it still has value when it is collected as it can be used in the production of biodiesel.
If you see anything suspicious please contact the police.