SHOTGUNS, rifles and ammunition were stolen during a high value burglary in the Ribble Valley. police said.

Officers are hunting thieves who targeted a property in Rimington  Lane, Rimmington yesterday between 12.45pm and 2.25pm

Three rifles, two shotguns and some ammunition were stolen as well as several watches, some high-value jewellery and around £1,750 in cash.

Police are appealing for witnesses and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Det Sgt Martin Kennedy said: “An investigation is underway following a high-value burglary in Rimington.

“Offenders have broken into a property and taken cash, watches and jewellery.

“During the raid a number of firearms and ammunition have also been stolen. These include three bolt action rifles, a Winchester shotgun and a Browning shotgun.

“We would like to reassure residents we believe this is an isolated incident and enquiries are on-going to locate the offenders.

“If you saw anything unusual, or anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence, please contact police.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting crime reference EG1707112.