AN appeal has been launched after an Audi TTS car was stolen during a burglary.

The keys for the Audi TTS car were taken after a break-in at a property on Walsham Gardens, after the offenders forced entry through a window.

The car had been parked on the drive when crooks struck in the early hours of Tuesday (August 8) morning.

Detective Constable Roy Waller from St Helens CID said: "We would like to reassure the community that we are working to identify the people responsible, and locate the car stolen.

"We all need to be vigilant. If you see anyone acting suspiciously report it to the police. These offenders will often walk up driveways to look through doors and windows to see if there are keys in sight of a door or window.

"If you have a garage use it, or if you park on a driveway ensure you close your gates at night and consider putting an obstruction such as your wheelie bin in front of your vehicle.

"Always put your car keys out of sight and never leave them in the back of your door. If possible use a steering wheel lock on your vehicle, which are unappealing to thieves looking to make a fast getaway.

"These people are looking for the easiest and least confrontational way to steal a vehicle, so anything you can do to make it harder for them means you are less likely to fall victim.

“If you have any information on this incident, or notice any such behaviour contact the police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999."