POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a family had their passports stolen as well as other travel essentials while they waited to go away on holiday.

Officers were called to the house in High Street, Bolton-upon-Dearne at around 2.30pm yesterday afternoon (Monday July 24), after reports that a witness had seen two teenage boys breaking into the house and leaving with a number of items.

Detective Constable Sian Dexter, the investigating officer, said: “The victim was due to go on holiday with her two children and had left their holiday bags packed in the kitchen, while they went out to do some last minute errands.

“When she returned, she found that the bags had been taken, which included hers and her children’s passports, along with a number of other identity documents.

“A quantity of cash and a gold chain necklace with the letter M on it was also taken.“One of the bags taken is a blue Cath Kidston rucksack with pink and white flowers on it.

"I’d like to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area at that time to contact police.

“Also, if you see a bag matching that description in the area, please phone us.”

If you can help, please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting incident number 590 of 24 July 2017.