POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after a burglar snatched car keys from a Barnsley home before making off with a silver Vauxhall Astra.

The culprit struck between 10.30pm on Saturday, January 11, and 1am on Sunday, January 12.

A window of a house on Ollerton Road, Athersley North, was smashed and the keys were stolen from the sill.

The vehicle was recovered later on Sunday at nearby Bramah Street, Carlton.

Officers are urging motorists to make sure that keys and other valuables are kept out of the view and reach of criminals.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the burglary or the vehicle being taken or dumped should ring South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 342 of January 12.