POLICE in the Ribble Valley are searching for a thief after a woman’s underwear was stolen from her washing line.

The woman, 48, who lives in Bolland Prostect in Clitheroe, reported the theft on June 4 after the items were stolen on May 31.

The thief escaped unseen with four pairs of Sloggi skintone briefs, a black bra and knicker set, a white bra and a Curvy Kate bra and knicker set, worth a total of £175.

A police spokesman said: “We received a report of the incident at 1.15pm on June 4.

“The woman said that it happened between 8pm and 8am on May 31 after she had left her washing out over night.

“Inquiries are on-going and we have not 'nicked' the culprit yet.”