Police end hunt after missing kittens found in bedroom

Police have ended their hunt for three newborn kittens believed to have been stolen from a house in Essex - after they were found hiding in a bedroom.

Essex Police launched a search for the cat burglars after the kittens were reported missing from a family home in The Chase, Barnston, this morning.

The three newborn kittens have been found hiding in a bedroom at the property. Credit: Essex Police/PA Wire

Detectives originally said it appeared only the kittens had been taken in the burglary and that it was "vital" they were reunited with their mother.

A police spokesman said in a new statement, "Members of the family discovered the three kittens behind a bedroom unit".