Burglars broke into and ransacked a house before throwing away valuables outside.

Police are investigating a burglary that occurred between 3.30am and 9.15pm in Hazelwood Lane, Abbots Langley, on October 12.

Offenders gained entry to the rear garden of the property before breaking open the door and carrying out an “untidy search” inside, police said.

A purse was stolen and later found discarded outside the house.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference 41/45740/18.