Police hunt cat burglars after newborn kittens stolen

Police are hunting burglars who stole three newborn kittens from a home in Essex.

The intruders broke into the property in The Chase, Barnston, between 11:30pm last night 7am this morning.

Officers said only the kittens appear to have been taken during the break-in.

The three newborn kittens pictured with their mother. Credit: Essex Police/PA Wire

Detective Constable Alan Lewis said it is "vital they are found as quickly as possible" and reunited with their mother "they are at their most vulnerable at this age".

He said: "We want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in The Chase overnight, from anyone who has been offered newborn kittens for sale, or from anyone who is aware of people who have recently taken possession of young kittens.

Police urged anyone with any information to contact Braintree CID on 101.