DETECTIVES are appealing after two pensioners were targeted by burglars at their home in Little Neston.

At around 11.15pm on Tuesday, July 10 two men entered a home in Raymond Way before raiding the bedrooms of the property.

The elderly occupants were in at the time and were watching television in the lounge - they were not aware that anyone had entered their home until one of the thieves stole a handbag and purse from the lounge as they left the property.

Nothing else is believed to have been stolen.

The men are in their early 20s, of average height, with a slim build and were both wearing hooded tops.

One of them had a light grey jacket on and the other was wearing a dark jacket.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone with information that may help with their investigation to get in touch.

Detective constable Kevin Ferguson said: “The elderly occupants have understandably been left extremely shaken up by the incident.

“Your home is the place that you should be able to feel most safe.

“Having your home burgled is always extremely upsetting but what makes this incident particularly traumatic is the fact that the occupiers were at home at the time and actually witnessed the intruders stealing from them.

“We are determined to catch the men responsible and bring them to justice.

“We also want to hear from anyone who thinks they may know who the offenders are or have any other information that may assist in our ongoing investigation.

“To reduce your chances of falling victim to burglary please ensure all external doors are secured at all times, even when you are at home.

“We also advise people to make sure that all their windows are closed and locked, or at the very least to use the security measures on modern windows which allow them to let some air in but still be locked.

“You should also keep desirable items out of passers-by’s views – valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.

“The same applies to valuable items stored in garages and sheds – ensure that garages and sheds are locked with strong padlocks.”

If you saw two men matching the descriptions or witnessed anything suspicious in the area please call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 120075 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.