Police officers were forced to smash the window of a car to rescue two 'distressed' dogs on the hottest day of the year so far.

Concerned members of the public alerted police to a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer locked inside a silver Nissan Note – the windows of which had been left slightly open – on Garden Lane in Chester.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Constabulary said officers unsuccessfully tried to contact the dogs' owner but took the decision to smash the window of the driver's door as the animals were becoming more and more 'distressed'.

They were taken to a vets practice in Chester where they were checked over and collected by their owner when police eventually managed to trace them.

The incident, which happened on Tuesday afternoon (July 19) when the mini heatwave was at its height, has been referred to the RSPCA.