No, I don’t mean for that ‘sorry we missed you’ card or yet another takeaway menu.

Local police have issued a warning after thieves removed the draught excluder from letterboxes at homes in Churchdown.

The idea is that they can then freely fish for keys that may be left lying around in the hallway, as car and house keys often are. If they can hook keys in this way, they can use them to enter the property or steal a car sitting on the driveway.

Gloucestershire Live reported a police spokesman as saying “A number of houses in Cordingley Close area of Churchdown have had the draught excluder removed from their letter boxes. Please check your letterboxes and report to the police if this has happened to you.

“Also ensure that keys and valuables are kept away from easy reach of your door.”

Sensible advice.

In the meantime, on behalf of all our staff, I would like to wish all our clients a very merry Christmas and hope you all have a prosperous New Year!