Police have said around 40 laptops were dumped by thieves as they made their getaway following a raid at the Currys PC World Store in Blackburn.

CCTV footage from the store shows three hooded men filling large bags with a number of laptops and ipads during a burglary on Friday September 11 at Hyndburn Retail Park store, Whitebirk.

Unbeknown to them as they made their way out of the store police had arrived. In statement today police said, "At around 3:20am on Friday (September 12), we were notified that an alarm had been activated at the Curry’s store on Whitebirk Drive, Blackburn.

"It is believed that thieves have managed to get through a wall and inside the store, taking a number of items including various laptops, chromebooks, cameras and watches worth thousands of pounds.

"When officers arrived, two people were seen running towards nearby train tracks and out of sight. Searches in a nearby field close to the train tracks revealed around 40 laptops hidden in a hedge. They were recovered."

An investigation in underway to find the person or people responsible and anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 126 of September 11th.

You can also call Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.