A hi-vis wearing thief is being sought by police after he was seen riding round streets on a BMX, breaking into cars.

At around 3.30am on Sunday, officers in Burnley received a report of a man on a BMX bike wearing an orange Hi-Viz vest breaking into vehicles in the Hambledon Street/Pendle Street area of Padiham.

Police on foot patrol attended the scene, but the man made off on the bike down the back streets towards Green Lane, where officers lost sight of him.

A spokesperson for the police said: "Could we appeal to anybody with CCTV in the area to check their systems between the time of 3.15am and 3.40am to see if there is any footage which officers could use to identify the offender and let us know by e-mailing PC Seamus O'Reilly at 3280@lancashire.pnn.police.uk, quoting the log number 0224 of January 19.

"Any assistance we receive from the public is greatly appreciated."