Police have issued a warning to those living in remote areas after a number of rural homes were targeted in spate of daytime burglaries.

Over the past week, officers in the Ribble Valley have been alerted to several daytime break-ins that have taken place at properties in the area, from Tosside to Chipping.

A spokesperson for the police said: "We have suffered a number of daytime burglaries in the Ribble Valley area, from Tosside all the way over to Chipping.

"All the properties targeted have been in very rural locations with the people responsible breaking a window at the back to gain entry.

"We are asking anybody with information to contact us.

"If you see anything suspicious, no matter how small, contact us via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"We're currently working on a number of leads in the hope we can arrange a prolonged stay at a local HMP facility for them.

"With your help we will catch those responsible."