BURGLARS ran off empty-handed after a light spooked them while searching a barn in Up Somborne.

Police say the offenders pulled up outside a property in the village and were heard by the homeowners on Monday at about 11.30pm.

PCSO Richard Sanders said: “Shortly afterwards two males dressed all in black were seen in the residents' barn. The males, after seeing a light from the resident's property, returned to their vehicle and made off empty-handed.

“We carry out regular patrols as part of our duties and we use reports like this to direct our patrols.

“Please remain vigilant and if you witness people on your property without your permission, call us. 101 non emergency and 999 in an emergency.”