JEWELLERY and cash was stolen from several properties in a village after a woman entered homes asking to use the toilet.

Elderly and vulnerable residents in Loveclough, Rossendale were the targets of the thefts, which took place at the end of June.

An appeal has now been launched with officers looking to track down a woman seen in CCTV images to talk to in relation to their investigation.

A police spokesman said: "We are appealing for information after elderly and vulnerable residents were targeted in a number of distraction burglaries.

"Officers are investigating after jewellery and cash were reported stolen from addresses in the Loveclough area of Rossendale.

"The first incident took place at around 3.25pm on June 20th, when a woman knocked on the door of an address on Burnley Road, claiming to be from a deaf charity.

"The elderly resident reported a pocket watch and a gold necklace had been stolen, after being distracted, when the woman asked to use the toilet."

A further two addresses on nearby Hamer Avenue were targeted around 1.30pm on June 23 where cash was reported stolen in similar circumstances.

The spokesman added: "Officers would like to speak to the woman pictured, in connection with the incidents. She is described as being in her 20s, of slim build, with long dark hair.

"We are now appealing for witnesses, who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or who may have themselves been approached by a woman matching her description.

"We would also remind residents to be vigilant and not invite anyone, not known to them, into their homes."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101.