DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses and CCTV footage after an aggravated burglary at the home of a vulnerable pensioner.

Police said that around 11.15pm on Tuesday, the 69-year-old victim answered the door of her home on Dryden Street in Padiham.

A lone woman demanded money and barged into the house.

She went into the lounge and stole a purse containing bank cards and £200 cash.

It is believed she may have been armed with a knife.

Police said the victim was left physically unharmed but very shaken.

A witness described what is believed to be the alleged burglar on a bicycle on Kiddrow Lane about 30 minutes before the incident.

She is described as white, slim, wearing dark clothing and a cap or hat.

Detective Inspector Nicola Bithell said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for the vulnerable victim and while she was not physically hurt she has been left extremely shaken.

“I would appeal for anyone who has any information or anyone with CCTV in the area to contact us.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting log number 1682 of June 25. Or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.