POLICE have released a video of three men they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a catalytic converter in Taunton.

The theft took place when the car, a Honda Jazz, was parked at Taunton Deane Bowling Club on Thursday, September 25 at 4:19pm. 

If you can help police identify them, phone 101 and quote crime reference number 5221224084. 

Catalytic converters change harmful substances produced by cars, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, into other substances like carbon dioxide and water. 

Catalytic converters contain precious metals including rhodium, platinum and palladium.

A rise in the value of these metals in recent years has increased the rate of catalytic converter thefts and, according to Crimestoppers, a device can sell for more than £500 on the black market.  

The average replacement bill for victims of catalytic converter theft is £1,300. 

In some cases, cars can be written off by the damage caused when converters are removed from exhausts. 

Avon and Somerset Police posted this video on Facebook at 1pm today (Wednesday, October 24).