A dog was stolen in a burglary in Saffron Walden and police are appealing for information and witnesses.

Police were called to the property in Catmere End on Wednesday, July 26 following reports of a burglary, which occurred at around 3pm.

A review of the internal CCTV cameras showed a man smashing the patio door and taking 16-month-old Dachshund Twiglet.

Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this stage.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stirland from Essex Police's Criminal Investigation Department said: "This burglary has been incredibly distressing for the victims and as the public can imagine, they just want to see the safe return of Twiglet.

"Thefts such as these are rare and we are taking this investigation seriously and carrying out multiple enquiries, including reviewing CCTV in the area.

"We are appealing to anyone who may have any information to contact us and assist with this investigation.

"I am also directly appealing to the man in this video, asking him to return Twiglet safely."

Anyone with information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident is asked to get in touch with police.

You can submit a report on Essex Police's website or by using the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Alternatively you can call police on 101.

If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity @CrimestoppersUK, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Please quote incident 739 of July 26 when providing any information to make sure it gets to the right person as quickly as possible.